SidePlate® (a subsidiary of MiTek, a Berkshire Hathaway company) brings together patented, award-winning steel connection technology, detailing software tools and highly experienced structural engineering professionals to help our clients deliver innovative and economical building solutions.

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Design Expertise

SidePlate's team of structural engineers has worked side-by-side with our building design and construction clients on more than 550 projects totaling over 90 million square feet. We provide a free review and optimization of the lateral analysis during the design phase, enhancing the Structural Engineer of Record’s value to their client and to the building owner. Providing value engineering, sharing codes and standard application knowledge, or providing an experienced set of eyes to validate a design is just what we do every day. For more information click here.

Steel Frame Connection Technology

The SidePlate connection is a laboratory- and field-tested steel frame connection technology that performs better than conventional or others' proprietary connections. Our technology is widely used by design & construction professionals to deliver the building owner's vision, and the system is suitable for most steel frame building designs or conditions. While our roots are in seismic, we continually improve and refine our connections, and today SidePlate designs are applicable for any criteria, including wind and low-seismic. SidePlate connections are extremely stiff so they are more effective at controlling moment frame drift, resulting in lighter steel beams and columns. Accordingly, SidePlate is not a 1:1 comparison with other connections and represents a holistic change to the overall lateral design.  

Project Cost Optimization

We understand that building projects are under constant cost and schedule pressures. We pride ourselves on working quickly and partnering with the entire project team to design and estimate steel takeoffs correctly. Our software tools often improve the speed and accuracy of the detailing process, and the simplicity of our bolted connection reduces complexity in the field and speeds up erection time. Our goal is to improve project profitability and quality on each and every project we touch. For more info go to our general contractor, fabricator or erector pages.

Software Solutions

SidePlate is integrated in commercial software to help your design and construction team:

  • RAM
  • ETABS
  • Tekla
  • SDS/2
  • Revit
  • Excel Estimates

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