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We help building owners protect their property by using the strongest, safest steel frame construction available.

How to Use SidePlate

>> How SidePlate saves time and money?

>> How to specify SidePlate - the overall process
      > Design Phase
      > Construction Phase

>> How to contract with us for private & public projects

>> How SidePlate is fabricated and erected?

How SidePlate saves time and money

Continues to save up to 1-4psf in Total Steel Tonnage
  1. 20-40% lighter beams due to use of full-depth side plates & rigid panel zones
  2. Up to 60% lighter columns due to use of deep columns
Requires 50% Less Shop Labor Than Before
  1. Up to 50% Smaller Fillet Welds
  2. Full-length Beams have eliminated beam stub welding and handling
Shorter Construction Schedule
  1. No CJP Welding
  2. No U.T. Inspection
  3. Up to 50% Fewer Moment Connections Required
  4. Ease & speed of erection = open for business sooner & save on construction loan interest paid

Since SidePlate Column Trees reduce erection time, the building owner can open for business sooner, saving on interest paid on construction loans.

"I was in a very difficult situation when we couldn't get the heavier steel columns required by a dogbone design in time for start of construction. SidePlate Systems helped us out of this jam by allowing our team to use a 50% lighter column with their patented SidePlate steel frame connection design. We ended up saving a significant amount of time and money, and we were able to stay right on schedule."

- Michael McManus, Vice President, Caruso Affiliated Holdings

How to specify SidePlate - the overall process

To find out how SidePlate can make your next project stronger, more secure and more cost-effective, call 800-475-2077 today.
Or, fill out our project request form.

SidePlate will contact your Structural Engineer of Record (SEOR) to obtain critical information pertinent to the lateral design of your project. Then, we’ll put together a proposal. Upon request, we can even provide historical cost data/savings on similar projects.

Once the design team decides to use SidePlate, the overall process can be summarized as follows:

Design Phase
  1. SidePlate assists the Structural Engineer of Record (SEOR) with the optimization and verification of final beam and column sizes selected for the steel lateral load resisting system using SidePlate Connection Technology (this continues from the Initial Implementation through all of the various design phases of a project, e.g., Schematic, DD & CD).
  2. SidePlate engineers design and detail all identified SidePlate connections; taking into consideration all project-specific gravity and lateral loads affecting the design of each SidePlate connection, including progressive collapse prevention for government projects would also be considered at this point – see EOR - SidePlate Project Coordination Checklist.
  3. SEOR creates all other appropriate steel frame details such as column splices, lateral bracing of beams (as required), etc. typically required on any steel frame project.
  4. SidePlate submits to the SEOR stamped and signed structural SidePlate connection drawings (including Notes and Details), which can be seamlessly added to the SEOR's structural drawings for use in the building permit approval process, in addition to stamped and signed SidePlate connection calculations.
  5. SEOR forwards relevant plan check comments to SidePlate for disposition.
Construction Phase
  1. Per the "Instructions to Steel Fabricator" section of the SidePlate Connection Notes, the Steel Fabricator formally requests the project-specific SidePlate License Fee amount from SidePlate's website and includes said fee in the structural steel bid price.
  2. Upon the successful Steel Fabricator signing a contract to fabricate structural steel for the project, the Steel Fabricator submits a Purchase Order (PO) to SidePlate Systems for the SidePlate License Fee through SidePlate's website.
  3. SidePlate submits to the Steel Fabricator electronic files (necessary to complete detailing) and project-specific SidePlate patent labels.
  4. SidePlate reviews and provides disposition of quality control procedures, welding procedures and shop drawings used for the fabrication and erection of steel frames using SidePlate.
  5. SidePlate provides a maximum of three (3) periodic observations to review fabrication and/or erection of steel frame connections using SidePlate, for the limited purpose of determining conformance with SidePlate connection technology used on the project.

How to contract with us for private & public projects

A contract with the design team is not required in order to use SidePlate Connection Technology on private and public projects since the SidePlate License Fee is paid by the Steel Fabricator awarded the project. For design teams desiring a contract, a contract may be executed with the building owner, architect or general contractor. If the contract is executed with the architect and is secured after the architect has already negotiated his or her contract, then the owner typically approves an increase, accordingly, in the architect’s total fee. SidePlate’s billing is then done through the architect.

SidePlate connection systems are patented technologies, but their implementation on both private and public projects is done in the same way as any other design provided by an engineering firm. SidePlate connection designs are competitively bid as an integral part of the project’s structural steel design package, and can be fabricated and erected by any reputable steel fabricator that satisfies the project’s quality control requirements.

How SidePlate is fabricated and erected

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SidePlate connections are completely shop-fabricated with fillet welds in the flat or horizontal positions, and shipped to the construction site as 1-, 2- or 3-story column trees.

At the site, a full-length beam connects two column trees together, typically using four downward position fillet welds, which eliminates removal of backing bar, including back gouging and reinforcing fillet weld that are typically required for all other welded moment connection types - no CJP welds required. For more detailed information, click here.