Superior Project and Business Results

SidePlate understands that competition has never been stronger, budget and project schedules tighter or labor availability and skill scarcer…all putting pressure on project profitability and building results. SidePlate's patented steel frame connection systems deliver a more efficient design, often saving from 7-15%* on construction cost through less steel and reducing fabrication and erection time. Our design approach has been proven effective on over 500 steel projects throughout North America, saving tens of millions of dollars in construction costs. The result speaks for itself:

  • Buildings with fewer, lighter, stronger connections with less structural steel tonnage
  • No field welding, eliminating delays from welder availability and weld inspections
  • Lower project risk associated with connection design estimating, detailing, fabrication and erection
  • Buildings that are stronger and more resilient will sustain less damage in the event of a significant seismic, weather or terror event. 
  • Increased knowledge and competitiveness of our contracting clients as they are equipped with budget, schedule and innovative design alternatives to meet the owner’s needs.   

How does SidePlate work with You?

Design Build/Design-Assist: 

SidePlate engages with your in house structural engineer or Structural Engineer of Record (SEOR) early in the project development process to understand the design intent and then optimize, model and analyze the projects lateral load and steel frame connections.

Step 1: Project files, including drawings, models and design criteria are emailed to your SidePlate Regional Engineer for review.

Step 2: We pass the documents along to our engineering team who provides the design, modelling and optimization expertise. Often, we can complete this documentation, including schedules within 1-2 days.

Step 3: We work closely with your fabrication and erection partners with as needed phone and on-site support through the detailing and fabrication process.

Step 4: We visit the fabricator and field during erection/installation.

SidePlate typically works closely with the Structural Engineer of Record (SEOR) to optimize, model and analyze the projects lateral load and steel connections. This can be particularly valuable when you are looking for value engineering (VE) options to present to the owner. Occasionally, we are brought projects that are through the detailed design phase and are out to bid. When this occurs...

Step 1: We work directly with the GC or through their fabrication partners to evaluate the project for conversion to The SidePlate System.

Step 2: Project files, including drawings, models and design criteria are emailed to your SidePlate Regional Engineer for review.

Step 3: We pass the documents along to our engineering team who provides the design, modelling and optimization expertise. Often, we can complete this documentation, including cost comparisons and schedules within 1-2 days.

Step 4: We circle back with the SEOR to coordinate the changes, a process that typically takes about 1 week.

Step 5: We work closely with your fabrication and erection teams to successfully fabricate and install the steel frame connections. This is typically done through on-site visits, sharing of best practices and field visits during installation.

SidePlate is well-known and respected within the structural steel industry through their involvement with government and private testing, technical committees and code advancement initiatives. All SidePlate designs have been tested and certified in the laboratory and proven through real-life experience. Specific certifications include DOD and GSA for blast resistance and progressive collapse, AISC 358, OSHPD and DSA and IAPMO. (Click here to contact your SidePlate Regional Engineer to see how we can help you with your next project)

*While most projects see notable savings, we do not provide a guarantee on savings