Engineering News Record (ENR) history that can be traced back to 1874. The publication has its roots in two separate publications, Engineer & Surveyor and The Plumber and Sanitary Engineer. The first issue of Engineering News-Record was published on April 5, 1917. On January 1st, 1987, the acronym ENR was adopted as the title of the magazine. The charts that follow use data excerpts and are courtesy of ENR magazine that is published 26 times a year. Historical data was pulled from microfiche copies of the magazine obtained from the New York Library. ENR magazine is only a small portion of the products offered by Engineer News Record and we urge readers, particularly those with an interest in engineering and construction costs, take the time to view the ENR website to learn more at
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Although the 12-month Rate of Change in all three Indexes is hinting at a slowing in the advance, all three Indexes registered new highs in June.
Construction Pipe Prices
Only Corrugated Steel Pipe has seen a slowing in the advance in prices. Have the end users of pipe been able to pass on these costs or have they had to continually absorb them?
In two weeks we will look at metals costs ie. Rebar, I Beams , Aluminum Sheet and Stainless Steel.