Don Allen, P.E.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 on May 7, 2013 during the 2013 CFSEI Annual Expo and Meeting.

“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 AISI’s 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.