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 and developers have worked side-by-side with our building design and construction clients on more than 500 projects total over 90 million square feet. We provide a free review and optimization of the lateral frame system during the design phase, enhancing the Structural Engineer of Record’s value to the building owner. Mentoring young engineers, providing value engineering, sharing codes and standard application knowledge, or providing an experienced set of eyes to validate a new or complex 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 is designed for both moment and brace frame applications. Our technology is widely used by the design/construction professionals to deliver the building owner's vision. The system is suitable for most steel frame building designs or conditions. While our roots are in seismic, today SidePlate's connection method is more often used on projects where design flexibility is required to meet demanding budget, schedule and/or code conditions. The unique bolted connection designs are significantly more effective at controlling moment frame connection shift and typically result in lighter steel beams and columns.

Software Solutions

SidePlate is integrated in software to help your construction team!

  • Tekla
  • SDS/2
  • Excel Estimates

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Project Cost Optimization

Building projects are constantly under cost and schedule pressures. SidePlate works closely with the general contractor and the steel fabrication/erection team to optimize the steel frame connection design. We often can improve the speed and accuracy of the detailing process, the number of frame connections, and erection time and reduce complexity. 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.