CFSEI Announces 2013 Distinguished Service Award Winner

WASHINGTON, DC, June 4, 2013 —The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) is pleased to announce Don Allen, P.E., Senior Engineer at DSi Engineering, as the recipient of its 2013 Distinguished Service Award. The award, which recognizes the significant contributions of an individual who has volunteered time, talent and resources to the cold-formed steel industry, was presented recently during the 2013 CFSEI Annual Expo and Meeting at the Hilton Financial District Hotel in San Francisco, California.

“Don Allen lives and breathes cold-formed steel framing, and we are honored to recognize his enthusiasm for our industry and his many contributions to it with this award,” said Maribeth Rizzuto, LEED-AP-BD&C, managing director of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. “He has been involved in hundreds of cold-formed steel commercial and residential projects, including his own house, and has also been involved in the development and testing of steel-framed truss systems. He is a true cold-formed steel advocate and is very deserving of this award.”

Allen has been involved in commercial and residential steel framing since 1990. His designs include some of the light steel framing in the Georgia Dome and Atlanta Olympic Stadium, as well as several hundred projects across the United States. He chairs the General Provisions subcommittee of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s (AISI) Committee on Framing Standards, and represents DSi Engineering on the AISI Committee on Specifications. In 2006, he was selected to be on the International Code Council’s Evaluation Service Advisory Committee. 

For eight years, he concurrently served as technical director for the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association, the Steel Framing Alliance, and the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. Allen regularly lectures and writes on cold-formed steel design and construction issues for industry publications. He has a special interest in the role of structural materials in sustainable development, is a LEED® -accredited professional, and is a member of the Committee on Sustainability for the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute.

The 2013 CFSEI Annual Expo and Meeting was attended by architects, builders/contractors, engineers and other construction industry professionals. The event provided opportunities for education and networking and an exposition featuring state-of-the-art innovations, technologies and principles in cold-formed steel framing.  Hosted by the West Chapter of the CFSEI, this is the only event of its kind dedicated to the cold-formed steel framing industry. 

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

In Photo: Don Allen (left) accepts the 2013 CFSEI Distinguished Service Award from CFSEI 2013-2014 Chairman Vince Sagan.

Maribeth Rizzuto
Tel: 412.521.5210

Debbie Bennett
Tel: 202.452.7179