CFSEI Announces 2016 Design Excellence Award Winners

WASHINGTON, DC, July 14, 2016 —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) presented three Design Excellence Awards during the recent 2016 CFSEI/MASFA (Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance) Expo at the Historic Inns of Annapolis in Annapolis, Maryland. The winners were: a) First Place – Base Design Group, Inc. for Meditech Foxborough Office and Conference Center in Foxborough, MA; b) Second Place – Excel Engineering, Inc. for The Wharf, 525 Water in Washington D.C.; and c) Third Place – ClarkDietrich Engineering Services, LLC for the William P. Hobby Airport Expansion Project in Houston, TX. The 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. 

“These three projects are excellent examples of using cold-formed steel framing and extensive team coordination to accomplish innovative and cost-effective design solutions,” said Maribeth Rizzuto, LEED AP – BD+C, Managing Director of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. “Each project presented its own unique design challenges. We received many creative submissions for this award, and had a difficult time making the final selections. We appreciate all of the entries that were submitted.”

About the Projects

First Place - Base Design Group, Inc. - Meditech Foxborough Office and Conference Center, Foxborough, MA

Meditech Foxborough Office and Conference Center is a four-story structure. The project consisted of a complete renovation of an existing structure that had not been occupied in years. The renovation included the significant removal of an existing elevated concrete floor slab and existing steel columns to make way for a new two-story, 568-seat auditorium with a center stage area using cold-formed steel framing as the primary structural system. The auditorium was unique for its elliptical shape and presented several design challenges. The project was completed in June 2015. Read more here.  Download PDF

Meditech Foxborough Office and Conference Center - Photo by Payette | Photographs © Warren Jagger Photography

Nate Bacon, P.E., president of Base Design Group, Inc. (left), accepts the First-Place 2016 CFSEI Design Excellence Award from Robert Warr, P.E., 2016-2017 Chmn of CFSEI Executive Committee. 

Second Place - Excel Engineering, Inc. - The Wharf, 525 Water, Washington, DC

The project scope was a 107-unit condominium building and the first residential project to be constructed in a development known as The Wharf, a mile-long waterfront neighborhood including retail, residential, hospitality, offices, cultural, public park and piers. Most of the project consisted of load-bearing cold-formed steel framing. The wall framing contains complex curves and angles, which required prefabrication off-site. Extensive beam pockets, MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing services) sleeves, shear wall posts and an aggressive construction schedule provided additional challenges. The project was completed in December 2015. Read more here.  Download PDF

The Wharf - 525 Water - Photo by Excel Engineering, Inc. 

Bill Wilde (far left), Sr. Technician II and Joe Wilkum, Project Specialist (center) of Excel Engineering, Inc., accept the Second-Place 2016 CFSEI Design Excellence Award from Robert Warr, P.E., 2016-2017 Chairman of the CFSEI Executive Committee. Photo: CFSEI. 

Third Place – ClarkDietrich Engineering Services, LLC - William P. Hobby Airport Expansion Project, Houston, TX 

Southwest Airlines established a hub at Hobby Airport and wanted to expand its international flight offerings, requiring an expansion for the international terminal. The plan called for five new terminal gates and a new parking garage. The project required complex engineering challenges and framing designs with short construction deadlines. Detailed panel drawings and extensive coordination between the engineering and BIM teams were critical to completing the project on time. The project was completed in October 2015. Read more hereDownload PDF

William P. Hobby Airport Expansion Project - Photo by Texas Exterior Systems. 

Wesley Burghardt, P.E., GM, ClarkDietrich Engineering Services, LLC (left) accepts the Third-Place 2016 CFSEI Design Excellence Award from Robert Warr, P.E. Photo: CFSEI  

All CFSEI award entries were judged by a panel of cold-formed steel professionals on demonstrated excellence and achievement in the use of cold-formed steel based on the following criteria: design creativity, technical innovation, system efficiency and economy, constructability, complexity of problems solved, and design integration. 

The 2016 CFSEI/MASFA 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 is the only event of its kind dedicated to the cold-formed steel framing industry and is held on an annual basis. 

The 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 www.cfsei.org.

Contact:
Maribeth Rizzuto, LEED AP - BD+C
Managing Director
Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute
Tel: 412.458.5821

Debbie Bennett
Manager, Construction Communications
Steel Market Development Institute
Tel: 202.452.7179