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Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Bed Building Replacement

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Bed Building Replacement

San Jose


County of Santa Clara


Anshen & Allen

Structural Engineer

Rutherford + Chekene

General Contractor

Turner Construction Company


Gayle Manufacturing


California Erectors


Five-story, 196,000 sf and Six-story, 328,200 sf Hospitals (SidePlate® vs. Dogbone and Slotted Web™)

  • To create a steel moment frame solution for a torsionally sensitive building while satisfying all of the stringent 2007 CBC requirements, including the use of rho=1, to maximize economy
  • To design a steel moment frame solution given a framing layout made up of multiple short spans within the prequalified beam depth and weight limits allowed by OSHPD
  • To incorporate large cantilevers perpendicular to moment frame columns
  • The stiffness of the SidePlate® connection allowed lighter beams to be used in these short bays, meeting the span-to-depth ratio requirements as well as drift requirements. Slotted Web™ and Dogbone, meanwhile, required beams at their max capacity as far as stiffness and depth, which didn’t leave any room for potential changes during the design phase
  • SidePlate® saved 2.5psf in steel tonnage and three weeks of critical construction schedule over Slotted Web™, and 3.0psf in steel tonnage and four weeks of construction time over Dogbone
  • SidePlate® easily accommodated the large cantilever loads