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Cold-Formed Steel (Metal Stud) Shop Drawings

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Cold-Formed Steel (Metal Stud) Shop Drawings

We provide specialized expertise in the design of cold-formed steel (light gauge) structures. Having worked as whole building structural engineers, we know what engineers and architects are looking for when it comes to metal studs and framing. We provide CFS shop drawings with a quick turnaround time and fast approvals from architects and engineers. Check out our Portfolio & Resources section for samples of load bearing, multi-story load bearing, interior framing, exterior non-load bearing shop drawings and more.

Blast Design Sample
Exterior Non Load Bearing Sample
Interior Framing Sample
Large Non Load Bearing Sample
Load Bearing Panel Sample
How we do it
Our CFS Shop Drawing Process
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1st Step
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.
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2nd Step
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.
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3rd Step
We provide you with a set of stamped CFMF construction drawings (shop drawings) and calculations.
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4th Step
We provide support during construction for questions and/or changes that arise from changing field conditions.
We are licensed and certified to work in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
Iron Engineering is a CFS structural engineering firm servicing the East Coast, with offices in the Northeast and soon-to-open offices in the Mid-Atlantic and the South. We are licensed and certified to work in:
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States currently licensed in
Iron Engineering Locations
  • Connecticut – PEN.0025895
  • Delaware – 20678
  • Florida – 81850
  • Georgia – PE041435
  • Louisiana – PE.0039537
  • Maine – PE11334
  • Maryland – 46373
  • Massachusetts – 46390-EN-ST
  • New Hampshire – 11069
  • New Jersey – 24GE05336500
  • New York – 086293-1
  • North Carolina – 044282
  • Pennsylvania – PE076799
  • Rhode Island – PE.0008709
  • South Carolina – ELS 33825
  • Tennessee – 122319
  • Texas – 128337
  • Vermont – 018.0009118
  • Virginia – 0402060301
  • Washington, DC – PE922516
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are all metal clips the same?

No. Most metal clips are proprietary and have listed capacities. Another manufacturer might produce similar clips or one that can achieve the same result, but the capacities need to be checked.

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Can I contact any structural engineer to get cold-formed steel shop drawings?

Usually not. Most general practitioner type structural engineers stay away from specialty engineering (aluminum, cold-formed steel, glass, trusses, etc.

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Can I use a piece of angle stock instead of a manufacturer’s clip?

You are not allowed to use the capacities listed for a manufacturer’s clip by cutting a similar shape out of angle stock. Using a cut angle stock for a clip will require that your engineer calculate its capacity.

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What is the maximum available length of a metal stud or track?

Since the materials come off rollers being fed by large coils of steel, the limiting factor on stud/track lengths is the size of the rolling facility and the ability to ship it to the job site.

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Can sheathing be used instead of bracing/bridging?

Sheathing can often (not always) be used in lieu of bridging along the lengths of the stud for non-load bearing walls (exterior curtain wall).

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What gauge metal stud should I use?

The capacity of a stud depends on many variables. The stud size, height, gauge, bracing condition, and lateral load (wind) will all have an effect on the stud capacity. A structural engineer should be consulted to determine a metal stud wall capacity.

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