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We provide specialized expertise in the design of cold-formed steel (light gauge) structures. We provide shop drawings with a quick turnaround time and fast approvals from architects and engineers. Learn how to read Iron Engineering’s cold-formed steel shop drawings in this video.

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Light Gauge Steel Framing Details

We provide a shop drawing package geared toward framing contractors to be used in conjunction with the contract drawings prepared by the design team.


  • First, we provide plan views that mimic the architectural plan views. When you’re working with our drawings, you’ll be able to easily reference them with the contract drawings.
  • We provide all cut wall sections you need to frame building properly.
  • After drawing the wall sections, we provide opening elevations (windows, doors, or louvers). The header, jamb, and sill sizes and details are on the same sheet as the openings. (No flipping through pages trying to find which header goes with which window).
  • The final part involves additional details — blowups, reviewing connections or challenging situations, etc.

If the project we’re working on has shear walls, we would have shear wall elevations and shear wall details.

For interior-only projects, we typically don’t draw every wall and plan view (mimicking the architectural drawings) as it would consume most of the project budget. Instead, we provide schedules and standardized details (counter support, cabinet support, grab bar support, etc.) Window/door elevations and blow-up details are still included.

For blast-resistant projects, we provide specialized details.

All of our projects come with a full supporting calculation package.

Panel Drawing

For non-load bearing or load-bearing panel drawings, we will provide panel-specific details. Additionally, we’ll include a panel erection drawing, which is separate from the cold-formed steel shop drawings. This identifies identify the final location of the panel. Panel ticket drawings, or piece drawings, will provide all relevant stud and track information (size, length, quantities, etc.)

Cold-Formed Steel Design Examples

Our resources include a selection of shop drawing samples that you can easily download:

How We Do It
Our CFS Shop Drawing Process
Step One
PDF files are sent to us via email or through our upload tool. We review the drawings and provide a quote with the date you can expect deliverables.
Step Two
Once our proposal is approved, we will send the project into drafting production where details are ironed out. Our engineers work alongside our drafting technicians to provide sizing and design input into the cold-formed metal framing (CFMF) drawings.
Step Three
We provide you with a set of stamped CFMF construction drawings (shop drawings) and calculations.
Step Four
We provide support during construction for questions and/or changes that arise from changing field conditions.