Feature Article - June 2009
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A Look at Regional Trends

Regional Facility Plans

While fewer respondents overall indicated that they have building plans over the next few years in this year's survey, nearly two-thirds still indicated they have plans to build new facilities or make additions or renovations to their existing facilities. They are led by respondents in the South Central, South Atlantic and Northeast regions, whose respondents were more likely than the national average to be planning to build. While 63.3 percent of all respondents indicated they had such plans, 67.9 percent of those in the South Central region, 67.8 percent of those in the South Atlantic states, and 65.8 percent of those in the Northeast indicated they had plans to build.

Those in the South Atlantic states were most likely to be planning to build all-new facilities or make renovations. In this region, 38.8 percent are planning new facilities, and 46.4 percent plan renovations. Those in the South Central region were most likely to be planning additions.

Least likely to be planning to build new facilities were those in the Midwest, where less than a quarter (23.2 percent) plan new facilities. That said, nearly 40 percent in this region have plans to renovate, and while it is the region where respondents were least likely to have building plans in place, still nearly six in 10 respondents in the region have some sort of building plan in place. (See Figure 29.)

Respondents from the West had the highest dollar amounts budgeted for their construction plans, at $6,070,000, 25.5 percent higher than the national average of $4,835,000, and 20.9 percent more than last year's respondents in this region were planning to spend. They are followed by those in the South Atlantic states, who plan to spend 22.7 percent more than the national average, at $5,933,000, a 27.8 percent increase over last year's respondents for this region.