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CFSEI Presents Awards For Design, Innovation And Service

Washington, DC - The Cold-Formed 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. The 2017 CFSEI John P. Matsen Award for Distinguished Service was also presented.

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, Connecticut.

“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 CFSEI. “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 entries.”

CFSEI 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.

“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 design professionals.”

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 was attended by more than 100 architects, builders/contractors, engineers and other construction industry professionals. 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 annual event is the only one of its kind dedicated to the cold-formed steel framing industry and is held on an annual basis.

About The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute

CFSEI_logoThe Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute comprises hundreds of structural engineers and other design professionals who are finding a better way to produce safe and efficient designs for commercial and residential structures with cold-formed steel. CFSEI members work together to develop and evolve industry standards and design methods, produce and issue technical bulletins, and provide seminars and online training to improve the knowledge and skills base of engineers and design professionals. For more information, visit

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