The global recession knocked down building costs in many Asian countries in 2009, but inflation appears to be making a modest comeback in the region this year. The London-based international cost consultant Gardiner & Theobald Inc. reports that building costs in Shanghai declined 3.4% in 2009 after increasing about 7% in both 2007 and 2008. This year, building costs in Shanghai increased 1.4%, says G&T. + Image Related Links: Forecast: A Weak Recovery Checks Inflation Confidence Index: Heads of Major Firms Believe Market Is Nearing Stability Equipment: Why Few Are Debating the New Federal Fuel Economy Rules Lumber: Chinese Demand
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.