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CFSEI to Host Webinar on “Mid-Rise Cold-Formed Steel Construction and Design – A Case Study” on April 9, 2015

The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Mid-Rise Cold-Formed Steel Construction and Design – A Case Study” on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

The webinar will cover design considerations for several types of mid-rise buildings with emphasis on cost, fire protection, weights, soils, plan irregularity and trade coordination. It will also cover various types and combinations of cold-formed steel and hybrid systems. An in-depth discussion of the Wheaton Courthouse Square project, a six-story condominium unit over two parking levels located in metropolitan Chicago, will be included. The discussion will focus on this project’s design considerations, design processes for the different sections of the structure, and the problem areas and design solutions.

The webinar will be conducted by Pat Ford, P.E. of Matsen Ford Design Associates Inc. in Waukesha, Wis., where he is responsible for principal management and engineering design. Ford’s prior experience includes management of engineering and business development for a central Wisconsin design/build firm, facilities planner for a multinational manufacturing company and project engineer for a major steel construction products manufacturer. His work has included nearly all structural design, contract and project management functions in a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and institutional building projects in addition to sales, marketing and management of negotiated design/build projects.

Ford’s experience in cold-formed steel framing includes the application of many of the latest technologies and design concepts to load-bearing structures and a wide variety of curtainwall and prefabricated systems. His engineering systems design experience also includes structural steel, concrete, engineered masonry, wood and other systems. More information on the webinar and registration details is available at