McClure Wins CFSEI Design Excellence Award

by | Apr 26, 2021 | Awards, News

COLUMBIA, Missouri, April 26, 2021 – McClure received Second Place recognition in the 2021 Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) Design Excellence in the Residential/Hospitality award category.

The award was given to McClure for work on The Deacon, one of the largest development projects in greater Cincinnati, Ohio. The 12-story, nearly half a million square foot collegiate housing project is just a few short blocks from the University of Cincinnati’s campus and historic neighborhood offering impressive views of the city.

In years past, this structure would have been built with post tensioned cast in place concrete construction. The opportunity to utilize cold-formed has helped push cold-form steel (CFS) to new heights and possibilities. Staggered windows, bolt-on aluminum balconies, and large recesses in the building give this building a unique look.

Featuring two lateral force resisting systems, one for the upper 6 levels and one for the lower 6 levels, the gravity and lateral designs were complex. There are 4 concrete cores, one in each of the four quadrants. McClure utilized CFS shear walls on the top half of the structure and designed the Level 6 deck to act as a transfer slab in order to transition from 4 concrete cores to 58 individual strap braced shear walls. This level was 8 inches of concrete over heavy composite deck and was heavily reinforced so that all lateral loads from the 6 stories of cold-formed shear walls could be carried to the concrete cores.

”The collegiate project pushed cold-formed framing to new heights and has helped blaze a trail for converting mid-rise projects planned for post-tensioned or steel framed construction to cold-formed construction,” said McClure’s Cody Dailey, Vice President of Structural.

These affordable, furnished units with distinctive amenities get a lot of attention, however, The Deacon boasts a devoted space for residents to focus on scholastics contributing greatly to a successful student experience.

About McClure 

Founded in 1956, McClure is celebrating 65 years of making lives better and building relationships for success. McClure brings engineering expertise and a collaborative approach to identify the best strategies and solutions to bring client’s vision to life. McClure’s area of expertise is in guiding its clients on making long-term capital investments in the areas of aviationbridgecommunity developmentconstruction observationdevelopmentgeotechnicalGISlandscape architectureMEPstructuralsurveytraffictransportation, and water. For more information on McClure, visit or email