ClarkDietrich Building Systems announced the opening of its new research and design facility in West Chester, Ohio. Three engineers and four technicians will operate ClarkDietrich Research LLC, a laboratory accredited to meet the requirements of ISO/IEC American National Standards Institute 17025 by the International Accreditation Service (IAS).

“The opening of the new research and design facility helps maintain ClarkDietrich’s position as an innovation and design leader within the steel framing industry,” said Bill Courtney, president and CEO at ClarkDietrich Building Systems. “We look forward to using this facility to expand our design capabilities and identify areas to improve and build upon safety, efficiencies and innovation within the building industry.”

The facility provides the company with analytical and physical testing capabilities to evaluate the mechanical and structural properties of cold-formed steel building components. In addition, the engineering evaluation of assemblies ranging from structural connectors to modular framing systems used to support photovoltaic modules, are within the scope of its IAS accreditation.

The facility follows the International Code Conference for the construction of sustainable, safe and affordable buildings.