Innovative projects are among the catalysts for a building boom in the top 20 U.S. metropolitan areas based on "Total Building" data, according to McGraw Hill Construction. New York City topped the list with $8.5 billion in construction starts, including Bjarke Ingels' pyramid-shaped skyscraper, the Atlantic Yards B2 Residential Tower, which is expected to be the world's highest modular structure, and multifamily projects. "Apartment housing has been seeing increases since 2010 and certainly New York City has been a part of the resurgence for multifamily building," said Robert Murray, McGraw Hill Construction vice president of economic affairs.

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