Q3 2017 EAST
SidePlate ® Invests in the Industry's Future

By Pamela Prince
Manager of HR and Administration
SidePlate Systems, Inc.

S idePlate understands the importance of developing the next generation of young Engineers. This desire to invest in the future has led us into a five-year sponsorship for the Engineering program at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO). Cal Poly SLO provides the academic background to develop industry-ready structural engineers that upon graduation, go out to Engineering firms throughout the United States and the world, many becoming SidePlate customers.  

This sponsorship includes updates to the lab space showcasing the industry's latest technology to convey an appreciation for constructability and practical building techniques. Much of the work, including painting, cleaning and building SidePlate models, is being done by a dedicated group of SidePlate employees including Henry Gallart himself, President and CEO. 

In the spirit of Cal Poly's motto of "Learning by Doing", an idea for a future project is to feature a design competition where students apply their talents and expertise to near real-life design scenarios. This sponsorship is a great win for the University, the industry and the students and SidePlate is proud to be a part of it.   
In This Issue
Visit SidePlate at these Events (click for more info) 

NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit (Washington, DC, 10/12-10/13)

SEAOSC Strengthening Our Cities Summit (Los Angeles, 11/7-11/8)
It's All About Efficiency

The summer issue of SEAA Connector magazine featured an article on the importance of pre-construction efficiency in the building process. As Jason Hoover of SidePlate explains in the article, the steel industry is moving toward prefabrication and modularization with more of the work being done in a controlled environment versus on the jobsite. The result is significantly reduced field erection time.  Click Here to read the entire article.
Most Beautiful Hospital of the Year Named

With literally thousands of votes cast, Soliant's 2017 list of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America has been published! Topping this year's list is the Orange Regional Medical Center located in Middletown, NY. This campus includes a new 5-story, 161,000 sq. ft. outpatient medical office building that was completed in September, 2016 and was the first building in New York state to utilize SidePlate's field-bolted connections. The SidePlate design eliminated bracing and field welding which significantly reduced erection time to meet the tight project budget and schedule requirements. Congratulations to the entire Project Team! More information on the project can be found Here.

For the complete list of the top 20 hospitals, Click Here.
Steel Day Recap

AISC's annual Steel Day was held on September 15 with many events held around the country that provided an opportunity to witness first-hand how the domestic structural steel industry contributes to the building of America. The Chicago-area event took a trip just over the Wisconsin border to visit a SidePlate project currently being built at St. Catherine's Medical Center. Over lunch, attendees heard presentations on the project from Nick Gates - Eppstein Uhen Architects (architect), Dan Kilbert - GRAEF (structural engineer), Tammy Ames - Riley Construction (contractor) and SidePlate's own Jason Hoover. After lunch, the group visited the site and got to watch some steel being erected.
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