March 5, 2008


CFSEI Annual Meeting To Take Place April 1st in Orlando
The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI), technical institute of the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA), announced that its annual meeting will take place in Orlando, Fla., on April 1, 2008. Promising to provide the latest essential information to cold-formed steel professionals, the full-day annual meeting will feature a full menu of educational programming presented by a variety of expert guest speakers, industry committee meetings and networking functions. All events will take place at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, with the CFSEI Florida chapter serving as co-host.

The noon presentation will detail special requirements for lateral load resisting elements, and special requirements for high wind situations. The keynote speaker for the evening meeting will be Dr. Timothy Reinhold, Vice President of the Institute for Business and Home Safety. Dr. Reinhold will discuss some of the aspects of wind engineering, how wind issues have impacted building code development in recent years, and how IBHS has worked with industry and builders to reduce damage from catastrophic events such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes.

The meeting schedule will include the CFSEI Technical Document Committee and the Fire & Acoustic Task Group as well as the newly formed CFSEI Lateral Task Group. All CFSEI members and current committee members, along with anyone interested in learning more about these cold-formed steel framing committees, are encouraged to attend. All committee meetings are free and open to CFSEI and SFA members; there is a nominal charge for the meals and keynote presentation.

The focus of the annual membership meeting will be an update on CFSEI initiatives from the past year, as well as important plans for the near future. Since implementing an ambitious operating plan in late 2006, CFSEI has remained focused on delivering the resources and programs of greatest value to engineers designing cold-formed steel structures. The CFSEI Annual Meeting is also an opportunity for members to discover the new resources they can expect in 2008, and to provide input on how the Institute can best meet the needs of design professionals.

“The annual meeting is an opportunity for engineers to expand their knowledge on the latest research and trends in cold-formed steel design,” said Jeff Ellis, President, CFSEI. “It’s an ideal forum for networking and allows participants to learn of the accomplishments and goals of CFSEI and become more involved in CFSEI and industry technical committees.”

The CFSEI Board of Directors will also meet on March 31, and new CFSEI Board Members elected by Institute members this spring will be installed on April 1. This year also marks the second time the annual meeting has been held in conjunction with a local CFSEI chapter. The Hawaii chapter hosted the 2007 Annual Meeting last April.

“We are excited to be a part of the CFSEI annual meeting,” Kenny Pagano, CFSEI Florida chapter president, said. “We’re looking forward to meeting with peers and welcoming all CFSEI members to the Sunshine State in April.”

For more information, visit or contact Brian Berger, CFSEI Manager, at

Source: Steel Framing Alliance, February 21, 2008



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