Development

Area construction up 19 percent through May, led by residential work

Updated: 2013-06-29T03:55:57Z

By KEVIN COLLISON

The Kansas City Star

The resurgence of the homebuilding industry in metro Kansas City continued through May, according to the latest McGraw Hill Construction report, with contracts up 78 percent compared with the same period last year.

The national trade publication reported $669.8 million in residential contracts issued the first five months of 2013 in the area. Non-residential work continued to lag, however, with $462 million in contracts through May, down 20 percent from last year.

The strong residential numbers, however, boosted the overall building total to $1.13 billion for the year to date, up 19 percent.

Non-residential work did bounce back in May, posting a strong 55 percent gain compared with May 2012 with $211.7 million in contracts. Residential contracts were up 56 percent to $152.9 million.

McGraw Hill defines residential construction as one- and two-family houses and apartments. Non-residential is described as commercial, manufacturing, education, administrative, hotel, dormitory and other buildings.

To reach Kevin Collison, call 816-234-4289 or send email to kcollison@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at kckansascity.

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