Park 4200 in Dallas used cold-formed steel framing in 6 of its 9 stories.
PHOTO COURTESY OF NUCONSTEEL

With recent improvements in load bearing capacities, cold-formed steel (CFS) is being used in new applications. Traditionally CFS is relegated to non-bearing partition and curtain walls due to its light weight, high strength, non-combustible nature, and ease of installation. However, according to the Steel Framing Alliance, CFS is an excellent and cost competitive choice for structural applications on buildings as high as 9 stories.

The increased use of new techniques using steel helps reduce costs of an overall project and makes commercial projects more marketable since steel is inherently a stable, engineered material with consisten...

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Are you constructing the most cost-effective mid-rise building?

Take this short 5 question
assessment to find out.

In general, do you typically utilize efficient construction methods to reduce the construction schedule?

  • Yes, this is a top priority
  • Yes, but not always a priority
  • No, efficient building is of low importance

Do you use sustainable materials as a way to reduce costs?

  • Yes, sustainable materials are used frequently
  • Yes, but not frequently
  • No, sustainable products are not a priority

Do you use panelized wall systems to reduce on-site labor costs and construction waste?

  • Yes, for all projects
  • Yes, for some projects
  • No, very little

Do you frequency assess the rates you paying for builders risk insurance?

  • Yes, we annually assess our rates
  • Yes, but not often
  • No, we rarely assess our rates

Do you consider the strength-to-weight ratio when selecting a framing materiel?

  • Yes, this is always a consideration
  • Yes, sometimes this a consideration
  • No, I never consider this aspect of framing

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Are you constructing the most cost-effective mid-rise building?

Take this short 5 questionassessment to find out.

In general, do you typically utilize efficient construction methods to reduce the construction schedule?

  • Yes, this is a top priority
  • Yes, but not always a priority
  • No, efficient building is of low importance

Do you use sustainable materials as a way to reduce costs?

  • Yes, sustainable materials are used frequently
  • Yes, but not frequently
  • No, sustainable products are not a priority

Do you use panelized wall systems to reduce on-site labor costs and construction waste?

  • Yes, for all projects
  • Yes, for some projects
  • No, very little

Do you frequency assess the rates you paying for builders risk insurance?

  • Yes, we annually assess our rates
  • Yes, but not often
  • No, we rarely assess our rates

Do you consider the strength-to-weight ratio when selecting a framing materiel?

  • Yes, this is always a consideration
  • Yes, sometimes this a consideration
  • No, I never consider this aspect of framing

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These steel frames offer a cost savings approach to construction insurance, plus many other advantages.
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Recently, a major fire raced through the AvalonBay at Edgewater apartment community in New Jersey, destroying several hundred units and displacing the residents of the luxury development in the middle of winter.

As dramatic as this enormous fire was, it was by no means a singular event. In fact, even as you read this article, firefighters somewhere may be responding to yet another huge apartment blaze. The reason: The proliferation of wood-framed construction in mid-rise buildings.

One need only look at the record. In the first few months of 2014, for example, fire disasters fueled by wood framing destroyed a four-story ap...

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These steel frames offer a cost savings approach to construction insurance, plus many other advantages.
Specht_Charles


Recently, a major fire raced through the AvalonBay at Edgewater apartment community in New Jersey, destroying several hundred units and displacing the residents of the luxury development in the middle of winter.

As dramatic as this enormous fire was, it was by no means a singular event. In fact, even as you read this article, firefighters somewhere may be responding to yet another huge apartment blaze. The reason: The proliferation of wood-framed construction in mid-rise buildings.

One need only look at the record. In the first few months of 2014, for example, fire disasters fueled by wood framing destroyed a four-story a...

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How does the environment affect cold-formed steel framing? Get the facts on what makes CFS one of the most durable building materials available.

Article by Steel Market Development Institute

One of the major material advantages of cold-formed steel (CFS) framing is that it is impervious to the environmental factors that typically threaten the integrity, lifespan and stability of other framing materials. The material’s resistance to corrosion, mold and vermin, plus its dimensional stability, helps give it a longevity few other building materials can rival. Read on to learn more about cold-formed steel’s many durable attributes.

Corrosion Resistance

Properly designed and constructed steel structures provide long-term durab...

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The Wharf development is transforming Washington DC’s storied Southwest quadrant by creating a mile-long waterfront neighborhood that includes retail, residential, hospitality, offices and cultural complexes as well as a public park and piers. 525 Water is a 107-unit condominium building in Washington, D.C. and the first residential project to be constructed in The Wharf. These new condominiums extend five stories above grade and contain over 105,000 square feet. Final punch list items were completed in July 2016 with a construction cost of $30 M.

The project consisted primarily of load-bearing cold-formed steel framing. The load-bearing wall panels support concrete over Hambro joists for levels three and above. Over 9,000 linear ...

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What are the steps to designing successfully with CFS framing? While there are many steps to doing it right, here are six to start with.

Article by BuildSteel

Getting ready to design a cold-formed steel (CFS) framed building? You’ve made a great choice for a resilient system that will deliver years of quality performance.

But where should you begin? What are the steps to designing successfully with CFS framing? While there are many steps to doing it right, here are six of the most critical.

Step 1: Consult your local building department

Start by having a conversation with officials in your local building department. If needed, provide them with resources like the American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI) cold-formed steel ...

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Cold-formed steel (CFS) has been available in construction for more than a century, but some specifiers, architects, engineers, and other building professionals do not yet understand the full range of the material’s benefits and applications. Lightweight, strong, noncombustible, and easy to install, it is versatile enough to address many common obstacles (such as code, time, and cost restrictions) faced by specifiers and other building professionals.

When using CFS in a construction project, the material will have the same properties throughout the entire application. Steel is an isotropic material, therefore offering widespread consistency across construction products. Unlike alternative, bio-based materials like wood, cold-forme...

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Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort (Hollywood, Florida)

Article by Steel Framing Industry Association

Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, the $175 million Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is the centerpiece of a revitalization of the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk in Hollywood, Florida. The newly opened, 349-room, 17-story oceanfront resort brings a “no worries” feeling of escape to its guests.

Tiki-Style Roof Design

Cold-formed steel trusses helped create the tiki-style roof of the resort’s LandShark Bar & Grill.

“The LandShark is the most interesting of all the truss structures,” says Kenneth Pagano, P.E., designer and estimator at Sebring, Florida-base...

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