The Park City construction industry finished April slightly ahead of the dollar figure recorded during the same period in 2012, the Park City Building Department reported.

According to the department, the industry had posted a little less than $11.6 million in construction by the end of April. Through the same period in 2012, the figure sat at a little more than $10.7 million.

The April figures themselves were solid, accounting for nearly half of the year-to-date total in 2013. They followed a solid March as well, when approximately $4.1 million worth of permits was issued.

The Building Department in April issued 97 permits, including two for houses valued at a little less than $1.4 million combined. One permit was issued for a duplex. It was worth $816,129.89. Another permit, valued at $603,862.56, was for a multifamily building.

Permits for alterations and additions to existing buildings continued to account for a large percentage of the overall dollar value, however. Alterations and additions to residential or commercial buildings totaled a little less than $2.7 million, or nearly half of the monthly total in April.

Alterations and additions have had an outsized impact on the numbers since the recession as property owners decided to fix up their places or expand them instead of putting up new buildings.

The Building Department in April issued a series of permits valued into the six figures. Some of the six-figure permits involved new construction while others were for work on existing buildings.


A permit for a duplex on Gallivan Court, pegged at $826,129.89, was the most valuable issued in April. Some of the other six-figure permits included a house in Silver Lake Village, a remodel on Park Avenue and a concrete wall on Lowell Avenue.

The number of electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits was generally up from the previous month and the previous April. The department's inspection load -- an average of 61 per day -- was up slightly from March but down from the previous April. The year-to-date number of inspections is down from the same period in 2012.

It is difficult to project how the year-end numbers will compare to the previous years. There is a chance that the Building Department will issue high-dollar permits in the coming months, depending on the developers' timeline.

It seems unlikely, though, that the construction industry this year will approach the numbers enjoyed during a series of record-breaking years prior to the onset of the recession. The downturn occurred at a time when there was expected to be a construction slowdown in Park City anyway as the number of large development sites dwindled.