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CFSEI Accepting Entries for 2019 Awards Program Through April 15

March 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) is accepting entries through April 15, 2019 for its annual awards program, which acknowledges outstanding achievement in creative design, technical innovation, and best practices in the use of cold-formed steel and recognizes individuals who have volunteered significant time and talent to the cold-formed steel industry. This year’s awards will be presented in three categories: Project, Creative Detail and the John P. Matsen Award for Distinguished Service. Winners will be announced at the 2019 CFSEI Expo, which will be held June 4-6, 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Chicago–Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio Street, in Chicago, Illinois.

The 2019 CFSEI Awards Program is seeking entries in these categories:

  • Category 1 – Project: The award recognizes projects that exemplify excellence in the structural design of new or renovated structures utilizing cold-formed steel products. Entries will be judged on demonstrated excellence and achievement in the use of cold-formed steel based on design creativity, technical innovation and overall project excellence in cold-formed steel utilization. Awards will be presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee regardless of the total number of projects submitted.   
  • Category 2 - Creative Detail: This award recognizes any cold-formed steel framing detail that exemplifies creativity or ingenuity to solve a design challenge. Participants must submit a single engineered detail along with a brief summary outlining how the detail was used to resolve the design challenge. Submission of additional support documentation (such as calculations or design criteria) is encouraged but not required. Entries will be judged on their ability to solve a cold-formed steel design challenge based on problem-solving creativity. Awards will be presented for an eligible engineered detail at the discretion of the Awards Committee regardless of the total number of entries submitted.
  • Category 3 – John P. Matsen Award for Distinguished Service: The award recognizes the contributions of an individual who has volunteered significant time, talent and resources to the cold-formed steel industry. Entries will be judged by the testimony of the nominators on how the individuals advanced cold-formed steel framing in the marketplace. One award will be presented. 

The rules of eligibility, entry instructions, and mailing address are available on the CFSEI website at

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


Maribeth Rizzuto, LEED AP-BD+C
Managing Director
Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute
Tel: 202.452.7132

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