A construction summary does exist, for individual Ships/Bases. Click on Construction Summary underneath the ship's component list in the ship design editor.
You can even see what a port has/needs for building stuff, if you go to the cargo pane of information for that port. It has a Amt onhand, and a Amt reserved. Evidently, items also have national ownership tied to them, so you may see Caslon 2-3 times in the list, once for you, and once for each nation's ship due to fuel at the port. Reserved is the quantity either due to be used in construction, or picked up. If reserved is higher than amt, you have a shortage. Normal to see those in the first couple minutes after a build starts, but if they persist, it's because the game is unable to promptly fill the demand. If you lack for something, you've got a few options... such as trading for it with another empire, or custom-desigining a mining ship to not use any of the scarce materials. SHIP, not station. The mining ship will be able to fill multiple needs by moving to grab whatever is short. If you are really short for supplies at the start, retire some of your starting ships.
< Message edited by torrenal -- 5/2/2011 3:04:23 AM >