WASHINGTON, DC, June 24, 2014
—The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) named DSi Engineering, LLC
as the winner of its Design Excellence Award, which was presented recently during the 2014 CFSEI Annual Expo and Meeting at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. The award recognizes small and large projects that exemplify excellence in the structural design of new or renovated structures utilizing cold-formed steel products.
DSi Engineering, LLC was recognized for its innovative work on the David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, Georgia. The project called for renovating a portion of the building that was originally built in 1923 (which now houses the administrative offices and classrooms for pre-kindergarten through first grade) and adding a new two-story structure that houses classrooms for second through fifth grades, a media center, specialty classrooms, a new gymnasium, and a new dining facility.
“This project presented some stringent time, cost and architectural constraints that challenged the principals involved to come up with several design innovations so that the school could open for the 2013-2014 school year,” said Maribeth Rizzuto, LEED AP-BD+C, Managing Director of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. “The design innovations included composite steel beams with the poured concrete slabs, load distribution members, special alignment techniques for the shear walls, and composite slabs with bar-joists that allowed the loadbearing steel portion of the project to be completed in just a few weeks. The innovations, along with the inherent durability, straightness and quality of cold-formed steel framing, enabled the construction process to be completed on time and under budget―the very definition of ‘design excellence.’
“We congratulate the project team of DSi Structures; DSi Engineering, led by Steve Haddad, rel="noopener noreferrer" Project Manager; GW Design Group, LLC; Odom Construction Systems, Inc.; Piedmont Construction Group, LLC; SP Design Group, Architects and Engineers; and the Clarke County School District on meeting all of the project parameters with innovative cold-formed steel solutions,” said Rizzuto.
The design team utilized DSi Structures’ proprietary IntelliModel software to integrate the panel design with the architectural and structural design. Using 100% Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, the panels and shear walls were laid out in 3D along with the composite floor systems using Ecospan floor joists. The innovative DSi header system was used to ensure efficiency. To read more about the project, click here.
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 2014 CFSEI Annual Expo and Meeting was attended by 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.
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 rel="noopener noreferrer" online training to improve the knowledge and skills base of engineers and design professionals. For more information, visit www.cfsei.org.
Maribeth Rizzuto, LEED AP - BD+C
Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute
Manager, SMDI and Construction Communications
Steel Market Development Institute