The value of new construction in Orange County increased 28% to $1.3 billion during the first four months of 1987, significantly outpacing building activity in the state as a whole.
The county's four-month building spree also ran well ahead of all but a handful of major California population centers.
According to statistics released Monday by the Associated General Contractors of California, Orange County posted increased building valuation in all categories of construction from January through April, compared with statewide declines in non-residential and heavy construction and a modest increase in residential building.
The total value of new residential construction in Orange County was $703 million for the fourth months, up 39% from the same period a year ago, the AGC reported. Non-residential construction in the county totaled $503 million, up 4%, while heavy construction was $62 million, up 41%.
On a statewide basis, the value of new residential construction increased just 15%--to $7.2 billion--while non-residential construction declined 10% to $3.6 billion, and heavy construction fell 12% to $1 billion. Overall, the value of new California construction increased 4% to $11.8 billion.