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SidePlate helps architects achieve maximum design versatility without sacrificing structural integrity.

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Architects Design Guidelines

Use these gudielines to assist in your design process to accommodate SidePlate structures.



SidePlate connection technologies offer the only steel moment connection system to achieve:


Prequalification for IMF/SMF without additional testing in accordance with Chapter 11 of AISC 358-10, Supplement No. 2.

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"Acceptance for Plan Review" for California Hospital(OSHPD) and School(DSA) designs (design guidelines), for any practicable combination of member sizes through a maximum beam size of W40x297, dated January 4, 2013.

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Blast and progressive collapse testing, as part of a first-ever joint civilian agency/Department of Defense Steel Frame Blast and Progressive Collapse Test Program, to investigate the behavior of conventional steel frame construction and its beam-to-column connections when subjected to high-level bomb blast and subsequent progressive collapse conditions.

SidePlate's unprecedented prequalification includes both uniaxial and biaxial dual-strong axis applications, and any combinations of wide flange, tube steel and built-up box shapes.

SidePlate has also been selected for use on projects in multiple states from many city, county, state and federal jurisdictions, including, but not limited to:

Department of Defense, GSA, US Army Corps of Engineers, State of California, Department of the Navy and the FAA