Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance Expo to be Held May 23-24, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC, April 7, 2011 —The Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance (MASFA) Expo and the National Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) Conference/Annual Meeting will be held on May  23-24, 2011 at the Historic Inns in Annapolis, Maryland. The combined events will provide updates on state-of-the-art innovations, technologies and principles in cold-formed steel framing. They are designed to benefit architects, builders/contractors, engineers, code officials, building inspectors, design professionals and developers, and other construction industry professionals.

“This is the only conference of its kind for the cold-formed steel framing industry,” Jeff Klaiman, P.E. and president of the MASFA, said. “It includes 16 sessions on a wide range of topics that are registered for continuing education units, a trade expo featuring technologies and services, and plenty of networking opportunities that will benefit seasoned professionals and newcomers to cold-formed steel framing.”

The keynote address on May 23 will be provided by Mike Anderson, vice president of northeast operations for Gypsum Management and Supply, Inc., who will provide insights on the state of the industry. The keynote address on May 24 will be delivered by Mark Nowak, president of the Steel Framing Alliance, who will discuss the impact of new energy codes on structural design.  A dinner cruise sponsored by Aegis Metal Framing and ClarkDietrich Building Systems will be held on the evening of May 23.

The educational sessions will cover several areas of interest to industry professionals, including:

• “Green” building
• Codes and standards
• Brick veneer
• Design/Build
• Insurance liabilities
• Delegated design
• International opportunities
• Lateral systems
• Sheathing braced design
• Curtain wall design
• Holes and penetrations
• Case studies of creative cold-formed steel designs

Monday, May 23 has been designated as “Contractor’s Day.” The CFSEI Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 24.  To exhibit, register or request additional information, visit www.steelframing.org or contact Maribeth Rizzuto at MSRizzuto@aol.com or 1-800-79-STEEL. 

The Steel Framing Alliance is an association of more than 450 companies and organizations with the mission of enabling the widespread use of steel framing in residential and commercial construction.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the SFA provides education, publications, technical support, research and development, and market development programs to companies representing the full spectrum of manufacturing, construction, design, distribution and professional services.

The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute is the technical arm of the Steel Framing Alliance. The CFSEI is made up of 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.


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