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CFSEI Announces 2018 Award Recipients

Washington, DC - 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. The group also honored Jennifer Zabik, P.E., S.E., president of Zabik-Turner Engineering LLC, as the recipient of the 2018 CFSEI John P. Matsen Award for Distinguished Service.

Design Excellence And Innovative Detail Awards...

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...

Municipal – Frameworks Engineering for Trinidad Baptist Church in Capitol Heights, Maryland

Commercial – Matsen Ford Design Associates Inc. for the 1600 West Loop South Ballroom Ceiling in Houston, Texas

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.

First-Place Innovative Detail Award - ZFA Structural Engineers - Swooping Eyebrow Detail on the Graton Rancheria Resort Hotel - Rohnert Park, California

Other Honorees...

Second-Place Design Excellence Award – CEMCO – Park Lane Ala Moana – Honolulu, Hawaii

Second-Place Design Excellence Award – The Leffler Group – Bay Area Refinery Wharf Central Control Building – Martinez, California

Second-Place Design Excellence Award – Excel Engineering – Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, Nebraska

Third-Place Design Excellence Award – Radius Track Corporation – Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, DC

“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 at

2018 John P. Matsen Award For Distinguished Service

Jennifer Zabik, P.E., S.E., president of Zabik-Turner Engineering LLC, received the 2018 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.

“Jennifer has contributed countless hours to educating others about using cold-formed steel in building construction through her work at CFSEI,” said Rizzuto. “She has taken on everything we offer, from presenting webinars to leading CFSEI Expo sessions to leading the Florida chapter to being president of our National Executive Committee. Her tremendous efforts have advanced the use of cold-formed steel framing in the marketplace. Jennifer is valued and respected by her peers at CFSEI, and we are honored to present her with our highest award for individual achievement.”

Zabik oversees all engineering and drafting for the design of structural engineering projects for Zabik-Turner Engineering LLC. She is based in Winter Garden, Florida and is licensed in multiple states and Puerto Rico. She has served in multiple leadership positions with CFSEI, including membership on the Florida Chapter’s Board of Directors from 2009-2013 and as its president from 2010-2011, and as a member of CFSEI’s National Executive Committee from 2013-2014, serving as vice chair in 2014 and as president in 2015-2016. She was on the Board of Directors for the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE – SEI) from 2010-2014, serving as director in 2014.

The 2018 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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