From $1T to $1: Construction in 2016 by the Numbers

eba0cff04a1a2607d430d81828147f7dThis year's construction headlines were dominated by big numbers touting the scope of projects, proposals, fines and more. Often, however, it's the smaller figures that bring the biggest news. With that in mind, we look back at the numbers that tell the story of construction in 2016.

$1 trillion

The size of President-elect Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal. Details of the plan have yet to be revealed, and it faces obstacles on both sides of the aisle.

$5.6 billion

The cost of Maryland’s Purple Line light rail project, the largest public-private partnership in the state’s history. The project is currently stalled amid a legal battle.


The number of screws used in the modular 1800 Terry building in Seattle, which aims to be the first urban high-rise to earn a priority green building permit from the city’s Department of Construction and Inspections.

1.323 million

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts recorded in October, the highest rate since August 2007.


The square footage of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The project, decades in the making, opened in September.


The number of floors in the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower, which was named the world's best new skyscraper by building information research company Emporis.


The increase in OSHA fines implemented this year. The penalty hike was the agency’s first since 1990 and went into effect in August.


The U.S. homeownership rate in the third quarter, the lowest since 1965.


The share of a new home’s price attributable to regulations, according to a May report from the National Association of Home Builders.


The value of the annual lease offered to the San Diego Chargers by the city to stay there. The team has until Jan. 15 to decide whether it will stay in San Diego or move to Los Angeles and share the Rams’ new stadium.

NewsGrant Prettyman