The residential construction upswing continued in metropolitan Kansas City in July, with $153.4 million in contracts issued, up 20 percent from a year ago.
McGraw Hill Construction, a national trade publication, reported that for the year to date, residential work was up 45 percent in the metro area compared with the first seven months of 2012, reaching $899.8 million in contracts.
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Nonresidential activity, however, was still behind last year’s pace. The $95.4 million in contracts in July was down 6 percent from July 2012, and so far this year there has been $658.7 million in nonresidential contracts, down 18 percent from the same period last year.
Building activity overall in the area was up 10 percent through July to $1.56 billion.
McGraw Hill defines residential construction as one- and two-family houses and apartments. Nonresidential work includes commercial, manufacturing, educational, administrative, hotel, dormitory and other buildings.