$100 million barracks planned for Naval Station Great Lakes, boosting Dodge Momentum Index

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090622-N-8848T-136 GREAT LAKES, Ill. (June 22, 2009) An HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., takes off from historic Ross Field in front of headquarters Building 1 at Naval Station Great Lakes. The helicopter arrived to give the station’s commanding officer, Capt. David Schnell, an orientation flight over the base. (U.S. Navy photo by Scott A. Thornbloom/Released)

Dodge Data & Analytics reports that a $100 million military barracks in Great Lakes IL entered planning in February.

While the initial report doesn’t provide much detail, the Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago is the home of the United States Navy‘s only boot camp, located near North Chicago, in Lake County, Illinois. Important tenant commands include the Recruit Training Command, Training Support Center and Navy Recruiting District Chicago. Naval Station Great Lakes is the second largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training station in the Navy. The base has 1,153 buildings situated on 1,628 acres (6.59 sq. km.) (Source: Wikipedia)

The project is one of four nation-wide greater than $100 million that started planning in February, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Dodge Momentum Index
The Dodge Momentum Index

The Dodge Momentum Index rose 1.6% in February to 144.0 (2000=100) from its revised January reading of 141.7. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

February’s increase was due to a 4.4% jump in institutional planning, while commercial planning slipped slightly, falling 0.3% for the month.

The Momentum Index has now increased for five consecutive months; however, the underlying components continue to be volatile on a month-to-month basis as large projects continue to sway the data. The overall trend, however, is rising. On a year-over-year basis the Momentum Index is 22% higher, with commercial planning up 28% and institutional planning moving 15% ahead of last year. This suggests that construction activity will continue to see further growth as the year progresses.