Cold Formed Steel Design

We design cold formed steel for both commercial, such as retail, business and multi-family residential as well as single family residential structures.

Cold formed steel design is difficult due to the thinness of the material used. Buckling of the members, both locally and globally, usually governs the design of the members.   Buckling is difficult to analyze and produces complicated design formulas.

It is also complicated by the methods to determine the allowable stresses that can be developed.  The stress allowed by the design code is based on the stress level in the member.  This leads to a iterative and difficult design process.  

To overcome this difficulties, we have developed in-house design software and tools.  These tools allow us to quickly check and design cold formed steel members.  Through tools we have developed, we provide code compliant designs for cold formed steel.