CFSEI Names Design Excellence Award, Matsen Award for Distinguished Service Recipients
Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) presented four Design
Excellence awards and one Innovative Detail award during the 2017
CFSEI Expo held May 22-23 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel
in Fort Worth, Texas.
CFSEI Design Excellence Awards recognize small and large
projects that exemplify excellence in the structural design of new
or renovated structures utilizing cold-formed steel products. This
year, four first-place awards were given to recognize residential,
municipal and commercial projects, with two projects tied in the
municipal category. The CFSEI Design Excellence Award winners were:
1) Residential - Excel Engineering, Inc. for Collegetown Terrace
Building 7 in Ithaca, New York; 2) Municipal - Radius Track
Corporation and McClure Engineering Company for Faena Forum in
Miami Beach, Florida; 3) Municipal - Matsen Ford Design Associates,
Inc. for The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in
Gainesville, Florida, and 4) Commercial - Shaffer Wilson Sarver
& Gray, PC for MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
A new Innovative Detail Award was introduced this year to
recognize a cold-formed steel detail that exemplifies creativity or
ingenuity to solve a design challenge. The CFSEI Innovative Detail
Award was presented to ADTEK Engineers, Inc. for the Bedford Square
project in Westport, Conn.
"These projects demonstrate the versatility of cold-formed steel
design in solving some very challenging design issues, as well as
the efficient use of time and resources," said Maribeth Rizzuto,
LEED AP BD+C, Managing Director of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers
Institute. "We think these award winners and their projects will
inspire other design professionals to creatively use cold-formed
steel for their own projects. We received a significant
number of entries for this year's awards, which made judging
difficult. We appreciate the efforts of everyone who submitted
Design Excellence First Place/Residential - Excel
Engineering, Inc. - Collegetown Terrace Building 7 - Ithaca, New
Collegetown Terrace is a student apartment rental complex near
Cornell University. Building 7 is the third stage in a
multi-building complex situated on a 12-acre site and is the
largest residential building in Tompkins County. The apartments
include dorm-style rooms, studios and two- and three-bedroom
apartments, with a total of 247 units and 344 bedrooms. Its design
challenges included sweeping curves and merging floor joists to the
exterior walls, which required innovative cold-formed steel
solutions from the design team.
Read more here.
Design Excellence First Place/Municipal (tied) - Radius
Track Corporation and McClure Engineering Company - Faena Forum -
Miami Beach, Florida
Faena Forum is a 43,000-square-foot facility designed as a
public cultural center for large performance and art gatherings.
The focal point of the structure is the upper assembly hall for art
programs and private events. This hall is crowned with a
40-foot-high dome with a center oculus which is designed with
radiused cold-formed steel. Originally specified as concrete, the
dome created several design challenges, but proved cold-formed
steel dome structures can compete with radiused structural steel
and concrete and provide more open architectural solutions.
Read more here.
Design Excellence First Place/Municipal (tied) - Matsen
Ford Design Associates, Inc. - The Cade Museum for Creativity and
Invention - Gainesville, Florida
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention showcases the
history of Gatorade and its inventor, Dr. J. Robert Cade. The
museum's mission is to create classes, programs and exhibits that
challenge visitors to use their creativity to change the world. The
circular and stepped shape of the building presented several design
challenges, especially the wing walls that slant out from the
building with structural support stopping short of the outermost
wall studs. Another challenge involved areas at walls where no
structural steel support is present, including large curtain walls
at a radius.
Read more here.
Design Excellence First Place/Commercial - Shaffer
Wilson Sarver & Gray, PC - MGM National Harbor - Oxon Hill,
MGM National Harbor has a footprint of over 800,000 square feet
and consists of a casino, a theater with seating for 3,000 people,
and a 23-story hotel. Cold-formed steel was used for the external
walls and as a replacement for structural steel in some places. The
most challenging design was the West Prow, which required the
complete framing to be hung from structural steel beams and intense
Read more here.
Innovative Detail First Place - ADTEK Engineers, Inc. -
Bedford Square - Westport, Conn.
Bedford Square is a new mixed-use community combining a
renovated/converted historical firehouse and residential and
commercial facilities, with each building ranging from two to four
stories. The project has many unique architectural features,
including complex roof geometry and several curved architectural
openings and canopies. Innovative design solutions were needed for
one of the balcony features, which included a large brick "eyebrow"
requiring an extremely large radius while supporting roof rafter
Read more here.
CFSEI names 2017 CFSEI John P. Matsen Award for
CFSEI also named Jeffrey Klaiman, P.E., Principal of ADTEK
Engineers Inc. as the recipient of the 2017 CFSEI John P. Matsen
Award for Distinguished Service. The award recognizes the
significant contributions of an individual who has volunteered
time, talent and resources to the cold-formed steel industry. It
was renamed in 2016 to honor John P. Matsen, P.E., founder and
principal of Matsen Ford Design Associates in Waukesha, Wisconsin,
who passed away in June 2015. Klaiman was also recognized
during the 2017 CFSEI Expo.
"Jeff is nationally recognized as an expert in the design and
construction of cold-formed steel framing," said Rizzuto. "He
generously shares his knowledge and experience through industry
webinars, seminars and other speaking engagements to promote the
most efficient use of cold-formed steel framing, its design and
inspection. This is the highest award that we present for
individual achievement, and it is an honor to recognize Jeff, who
shares the passion John Matsen had for demonstrating innovative
design solutions available with cold-formed steel framing to other
Jeffrey Klaiman, P.E., is Principal of ADTEK Engineers, Inc. and
leads the company's structural engineering and specialty
engineering (cold-formed steel) practices. He is licensed in
multiple states. He currently serves as president of the
Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance and is a member and past
president of CSFEI; chairman of the Standard Practices Subcommittee
of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Committee on
Framing Standards; a member of the AISI Committee on Specifications
for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members; and a
member of ASTM Committees A05, C02 and C03.
The 2017 CFSEI Expo had more than 100 architects,
builders/contractors, engineers and other construction industry
professionals in attendance. The event provided opportunities
for education, networking, and an exposition featuring
state-of-the-art innovations, technologies and principles in
cold-formed steel framing. This is the only event of its kind
dedicated to the cold-formed steel framing industry and is held on
an annual basis.