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General Contractor Talks about the Role Steel Played in Saving Project Millions

Ward Bell, Ellisdale Construction, discusses how cold-formed steel framing saved $1.7 million for an apartment building project in Washington, DC.


A standout apartment building lies in the busy 14th St. NW corridor of Washington, D.C. The area is being renewed through a District Department of Transportation beautification project. It’s the place to be for up-and-coming artists and professionals.

Here, Ellisdale Construction, a Leesburg, Va., design-build and general contracting firm, has achieved a first for the District. It added five stories to an existing concrete building using cold-formed steel (CFS) framing.

In this interview, Ward Bell, executive vice president and COO of Ellisdale Construction, discusses how CFS saved $1.7 million overall on the project, a 15-percent savings on the framing component alone, versus a cast-in-place post-tension product.

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