FALLS CHURCH, Va., Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The incoming administration's strong focus on rebuilding the nation's infrastructure—driven by president-elect's proposed 10-year, $1 trillion infrastructure plan—also will spur private investments in new residential and commercial construction and a concomitant demand for cold-formed steel framing and related products, according to Kathryn Thompson, CEO of the Thompson Research Group (TRG) and leading industry observer. In a forecast prepared by her organization for the Steel Framing Industry Association, Thompson also notes that non-residential construction is nearing what historically would be considered a peak, but forward momentum is still present as the recovery follows a long, shallow, multi-year growth trend. "Bipartisan federal and state support for rebuilding infrastructure—including highways, schools and hospitals, water systems and the electric grid—appears poised to help engender new private construction projects in areas served by that new and refurbished infrastructure," Thompson said. "Residential construction continues to grow, but not at the rate experienced in prior cycles," Thompson added. "The strongest sector in the current cycle, multifamily construction, is cooling and may signal a shift to more single-family construction where there is room to grow to meet current needs." One of the tools used by the Thompson Research Group to track and interpret market directions is the TRG Building Product Survey, which collects information and opinions from building product distributors, buying groups, and manufacturers across the United States. Just as in the prior year, those surveyed report that bottlenecks in the construction process—including labor and material shortages, and overly selective contractors who refuse projects—are affecting all segments of the market. Permitting also remains an issue. "Architects in the eastern U.S. report that permitting is their biggest bottleneck overall," Thompson said. "They report three- to six-month delays because of an inability to obtain permitting on time."