Area construction is up 10 percent through the third quarter

Led by the continued recovery in residential building, overall Kansas City area construction activity improved through the third quarter compared with last year and reached $2.2 billion, according to a new report.

McGraw Hill Construction, a national trade journal, reported that commercial and nonresidential construction continued to lag behind last year, but total construction was up 10 percent through September thanks to the strong performance in housing.

There was $1.2 billion in residential work, up 39 percent from the first nine months of last year, and $950.7 million in commercial and nonresidential activity, down 14 percent.

For the month of September, there was $159.4 million in residential construction, up 12 percent from September 2012, and $136.4 million in commercial work. The $295.8 million September total, however, was down 7 percent from the same month a year ago.

McGraw Hill defines residential construction as single-family and multifamily projects. Nonresidential includes office, retail, hotels, warehouses, manufacturing, health care, government and other projects.