CFSEI 2018 Design Excellence and Innovative Detail Award Winners


The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) presented three first-place Design Excellence awards and one first-place Innovative Detail award during the 2018 CFSEI Expo held May 15-16 at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel in San Diego, California. Design Excellence awards were also presented for second-place and third-place winners.

CFSEI Design Excellence Awards recognize small and large projects that exemplify distinction in the structural design of new or renovated structures utilizing cold-formed steel products. This year, three first-place awards were given to recognize municipal, commercial and residential projects. The 2018 CFSEI Design Excellence Award winners were: 1) Municipal – Frameworks Engineering for Trinidad Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, Maryland; 2) Commercial – Matsen Ford Design Associates, Inc. for the 1600 West Loop South Ballroom Ceiling in Houston, Texas; and 3) Residential – ClarkDietrich Engineering Services LLC for AIT Barracks Complex Phase I in Monterey, California.

The Innovative Detail Award recognizes a cold-formed steel detail that exemplifies creativity or ingenuity to solve a design challenge. The 2018 CFSEI Innovative Detail Award was presented to ZFA Structural Engineers for the Swooping Eyebrow Detail on the Graton Rancheria Resort Hotel in Rohnert Park, California.

“We are always amazed and inspired by these award-winning projects, which demonstrate the versatility of cold-formed steel design in solving complex design issues,” said Maribeth Rizzuto, LEED AP – BD+C, managing director of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. “If you’re an architect, contractor or owner who is looking for new ideas or a different approach to your projects, we think you’ll be challenged by these award-winning structures to consider cold-formed steel framing in your designs. We appreciate the many entries that were submitted for this design competition.”

Video interviews with the award winners about their projects and case studies are being posted on the CFSEI website.

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