• Jennifer Taylor

Student Housing Counts on Cold-Formed Steel for Safety and Sustainability

Updated: Jul 31, 2018

Student housing must be constructed against tight budgets and timeline constraints. Much like the new urban neighborhoods and transit-oriented development on the rise across the U.S., college dormitories increasingly reflect national housing trends that focus on community, access and sustainability.



Higher education institutions also seek to create environments that, addition to being safe and nurturing for young adults going through a major life transition, appeal to their desire for environmental stewardship. These institutions are often challenged to balance such development against tight budgets and timeline constraints.


As a result, cold-formed steel construction has been increasingly used as a safe, sustainable and cost effective way to meet the complex challenges of student housing environments.


Safety Standards


Above all, safety is a key factor in choosing cold-formed steel as a framing material. Unlike some other construction materials, cold-formed steel is 100 percent noncombustible. It can be an integral part of the overall defense against fire damage to a structure, whether occupied or under construction.


In fact, fire safety made headlines recently in College Park, Maryland, where a 275 unit wood-framed student housing complex suffered $39 million in fire damage while under construction.


Cold-formed steel is noncombustible, making it eligible for use in Type I buildings, where fire resistance standards are most stringent.


**Article provided by BuildSteel

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