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Behavioral & Social Sciences Building

Behavioral & Social Sciences Building

San Bernardino

Client

California State University San Bernardino

Architect

DMJM

Structural Engineer

J.C. Lian Associates

General Contractor

Soltek Pacific

Fabricator

Maya Steel Fabrications, Inc.

Erector

Bickerton Iron

Description

Five-story, 139,000 sf Classroom Building Using the 1997 UBC on a Pre-Northridge Design

Challenges
  • To revive a pre-Northridge steel frame design while maintaining, unchanged, the A/MEP functional design, and satisfying the 1997 UBC redundancy and drift requirements using a moment frame lateral system
  • Post-Northridge uncertainties affecting moment connection reliability continued despite SAC’s efforts.
Solutions
  • SidePlate’s unique versatility allowed the use of both our uniaxial SureFrame™ and biaxial dual-strong axis SureFrame2™ prequalified solutions, thus allowing a six-year-old project to be built within budget
  • SidePlate’s inherent increased connection stiffness, coupled with its unique advantage of unlimited column depth prequalification (W36x260 max size used), satisfied the challenge