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Supply chain constraints, shifting consumer demands adding cost pressures to office fit-outs

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Supply chain constraints, shifting consumer demands adding cost pressures to office fit-outs

Contractors expect continuing increases in material lead time, project timelines this year.
 


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | April 25, 2022
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Cushman & Wakefield’s 2022 Americas Office Fit-Out Cost Guide found supply chain constraints and shifting consumer demands will continue to add pressure to costs, both in materials and labor.
 
Increases in construction and customer demand for durable and non-durable goods have driven supply chain disruptions over the past two years. COVID-19 outbreaks and labor shortages have also wreaked havoc through ports and on trucking, transportation, and distribution capacities. The supply chain stress indices for both China and the U.S. ended 2021 up over 40% from pre-pandemic levels.
 
For office construction and fit-outs, these stressors have created increased delays, greater uncertainty, and higher costs. There appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel, though,
as the supplier delivery index that measures manufacturer delays has been receding
since the middle of 2021, the report says.
 
The waning of the pandemic may add more fuel to cost pressures, however, as office tenants are targeting the first half of 2022 for employees to return to a more standard office attendance model. “As office space usage increases, we expect organizations will expand their piloting and testing of different types of layouts related to hybrid work,” the report says. “This is likely to increase the amount of fit-out and office space construction activity in the coming quarters, creating even more demand for materials and labor.”

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