Cold-Formed Steel for the Retail Industry

Our Experience

Iron Engineering provides cold-formed steel engineering, shop drawings and inspection services for contractors, panel manufacturers and architects. We have worked on hundreds of retail projects, including supermarkets such as Whole Foods, Big Y and Market Basket, and stores such as Five Below, Homesense, and Burlington Department Store.


Many projects involve renovating existing facades of retail plazas, and many others involve new construction. Through our extensive experience, we’ve seen it all and know the potential challenges that can come with a retail project.

Here are some of the most common issues we see:

  • Tall parapets requiring reinforcement or kickers
  • The need for a condition assessment regarding existing building framing and its reuse
  • Long storefront window openings that push the limits of using cold-formed steel framing, often resulting in numerous design revisions and added structural steel
  • Difficult-to-frame details, such as a sill framing below windows with integral doors

When we take on a retail project, we’re prepared with a short list of items we want to check right away with the architect and/or engineer of record. We know how to resolve these challenges early in the process so we can hit the ground running and avoid any unnecessary project delays.

Recently Completed Retail Projects
Big Y
Branford, CT

Iron Engineering provided a new façade design integrating the existing wall framing with new stud framing for larger parapets and roof elements.

Five Below
Stoneham, MA

Iron Engineering is providing a new roof design on an existing gable roof for a retail plaza. Project involves coordinating with existing framing and providing new parapets.

Whole Foods
Avon CT

Iron Engineering provided the interior design of many hanging ceiling and soffit elements throughout the renovated store. Typical interior walls were also detailed.

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