The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently reported the February ABI score was 50.6, up slightly from a reading of 50.0 the previous month. This score reflects a modest increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.4, compared to a mark of 56.5 in December.

Key February ABI highlights include:

  • Regional averages: Midwest (55.3), South (50.1), West (49.1), Northeast (46.4)
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial/industrial (55.0), mixed practice (51.3), multi-family residential (49.7), institutional (48.9)
  • Project inquiries index: 56.4

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Source: The American Institute of Architects