Construction in metropolitan Kansas City continued to be a mixed picture last month, with residential work still improving and nonresidential activity still off substantially from a year ago.
McGraw Hill Construction, an industry trade publication, reported $116.9 million in future residential contracts issued in the area, up 30 percent from April 2012. Future contracts for nonresidential work were down 22 percent to $62.4 million, compared with a year ago.
The total construction tally for April was up 5 percent to $179.3 million.
For the year to date, residential contracts totaled $474.3 million, up 71 percent compared with the first four months of last year. Nonresidential work totaled $242.1 million, down 45 percent. Total building activity was $716.5 million, down 1 percent from the same period a year ago.
McGraw Hill describes residential construction as one- and two-family houses and apartments. Nonresidential projects are commercial, manufacturing, educational, religious, administrative, hotel, dormitory and other buildings.