Government Construction Spending Grows

See a list of the top 50 construction firms receiving government contracts.

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December 11, 2023

Author : Patty Allen

For the tenth consecutive month, October saw increased construction investment, mostly due to work on public projects financed by the federal and state governments.

According to the data released by the Commerce Department, spending on construction rose by 0.6% in October to an annual rate of over $2 trillion. 

The September data was revised downward to show that construction spending increased by 0.2% rather than 0.4% as previously reported. In October, construction spending increased 10.7% year on year.

Private construction spending increased by 0.7%, while residential building investment increased by 1.2% in October. The amount spent on residential construction increased by 1.2% to $884.4 billion, while the amount spent on building non-residential buildings increased by 0.1% to $694.8 billion.

Private construction spending increased by 0.7% in October, reaching an annual rate of $1.579 trillion.

Spending on new single-family home construction increased by 1.1%. In the third quarter, single-family homebuilding helped to end a nine-quarter drop in residential investment.

The lack of previously owned homes on the market drives new buildings, but mortgage rates above 7% pose a barrier for builders and prospective home buyers. Multi-family housing project spending decreased 0.2% in October. This has been due to a considerable supply of multi-family homes and a high rental vacancy rate.

Spending on private non-residential constructions such as factories increased by 0.1%. Production construction spending increased 0.9%, bolstered by the Biden administration's efforts to bring semiconductor production back to the United States.

Public construction spending increased by 0.2%. State and local government spending climbed by 0.1%, while federal government spending increased by 2.2%.

High interest rates have lowered the demand for new houses and apartments, but they have less impact on other construction forms. 

During the last 12 months ending in October, the total construction outlays increased by over 11% as compared to the rise of residential investment of 1% during the same period.

The government funding for construction has increased by 16% in the last 12 months to support the construction industry.

The recent success can be attributed to the Biden administration's approval of large subsidies and other incentives.

As per the data from the Commerce Department, public construction spending increased by 0.2% in October to $447.8 billion in annual spending.

Highway construction spending decreased by 0.3% to a rate of $132.0 billion, while spending on educational construction increased by 0.4% to $97.2 billion.

Here is a look at the top 50 Federal Government Construction Firms for 2023:

2BL Harbert Intl.$786,834,062
3Hensel Phelps$552,313,651
4Turner Construction$441,849,718
5Clark Group$338,440,000
6AFG Group$312,173,835
8McCarthy Holdings$247,093,615
9Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, The$236,905,834
10Truebeck Construction$158,567,745
11Brasfield & Gorrie$155,003,457
12M.C. Dean$152,890,472
13JE Dunn Construction$139,618,240
14HITT Contracting$109,849,994
15Hill International$104,681,293
16Manhattan Construction$101,143,456
17Messer Construction$76,391,161
18PCL Construction Enterprises$72,608,518
19James G. Davis Construction$44,547,761
20Executive Construction$37,900,000
21Ryan Companies US$34,516,012
23Big-D Construction$25,852,269
24McCownGordon Construction$24,002,000
25Gilbane Building Company$18,377,000
26EW Howell Construction Group$15,640,000
27DPR Construction$13,839,000
29Bancroft Construction$11,768,062
30McDonough Bolyard Peck (MBP)$10,262,304
31Burns & McDonnell$8,748,244
32Russell Group$8,000,000
34Balfour Beatty US$7,530,825
35Robins & Morton$5,845,382
36W.E. O'Neil Construction$4,932,113
37Harkins Builders$4,810,000
39Walsh Group, The$2,885,100
40Barton Malow$2,052,464
41Power Construction$2,000,000
42Skanska USA$1,474,261
43W.M. Jordan Company$1,265,000
45Saunders Construction$811,000
46Hoar Construction$808,000
47Landry/French Construction$778,218
48PMA Consultants$703,159
49Henderson Building Solutions$654,539
50KCI Technologies$460,000

Category : Federal Government Investment in Infrastructure

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