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ClarkDietrich Receives Top Honor for Cold-Formed Design and Engineering from CFSEI

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ClarkDietrich Engineering Services (CDES) is yet again the proud recipient of several awards from the Cold-Formed Steel Engineering Institute (CFSEI). The annual CFSEI Design Excellence and Creative Detail awards highlights projects that exemplify excellence in the structural design of new or renovated structures that utilizes cold-formed steel (CFS). Entries are judged on design creativity, technical innovation, and overall product excellence in CFS utilization in the categories of: Residential/Hospitality, Municipal, and Commercial.

CDES was awarded first place in the Residential/Hospitality category for its work on the Selfhelp Freeport Senior Housing in Freeport, New York. The building structure consists of four levels of cold-formed steel loadbearing light steel framing over a second-floor concrete podium parking structure. Lynn Padgett, P.E., CDES, served as the Cold-Formed Steel Specialty Engineer providing recommendations and design assistance while also having a direct line of communication to the field superintendent allowing for well thought out solutions to any challenges that arose during the project.

“The project success was due in large part to the willingness of the entire team to get together and resolve the complex design elements step-by-step without being overwhelmed,” said Padgett.

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For the group’s work on the PortMiami Terminal V in Miami, Florida, CDES won third place in the in the Municipal/Services category. Garrett Hippert, P.E., CDES, served as the Cold Formed Steel Specialty Engineer on the $180 million project. The 122,500 square foot structure was commissioned by Virgin Voyages to service, supply, and transfer guests on its new fleet of cruise ships. The CFS Contractor, Acousti Engineering Company of Florida, faced many framing challenges due to the complex shapes, slopes, and constant direction changes which can be seen on the canopy’s perimeter and skylights of the building. ClarkDietrich Engineering Services was chosen to create a framing scheme unique to this structure that would solve many of the challenges in an efficient and cost-effective way. Opened on February 13, 2022, Virgin Voyages Terminal V is an impressive and unique structure that excites guests, while also providing a host of essential services to the cruise line.

This year, in addition to the exciting award wins, Tammy Gleed, Project Engineer, CDES, was named a member of the CFSEI Executive Committee.