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Oct 07 2013

Music City Center – Nashville, Tennessee

I know what you’re thinking…”When is she going to stop talking about Nashville and get on to something interesting like gasketing or clear opening width?”  😀

I just processed my last group of photos from Nashville and all but a few were from the Music City Center, so I added the other ones to my previous post (click here to check them out).  Here are a few applications from the convention center that I found interesting.

I noticed the mounting height of these door pulls right away.  They were mounted in this location because of the cylinders…thank goodness someone noticed the potential conflict before the pulls were installed at a lower height on the doors without cylinders.

High Pulls

On the flush doors, the long pulls were mounted beside the cylinders, instead of above (beautiful veneers, right?!).

Wood Pairs

Wood Pair

Long Pulls Wood Doors

Push Side

These doors were locked but there were no bottom latches in sight.  It’s a shame if the floor strikes were installed but the bottom rods and latches were not.

Bottom Strikes

The banks of doors surrounding the enormous exhibit hall have concealed closers and overhead holders.  The overhead holders are mounted on the pull side with an angle jamb bracket.  What do you think?  Would you handle this application in a different way?

Bank of Doors

Doors Open

Back to Back

Concealed Closer and Overhead Stop

Overhead Stop

The building has balconies of various sizes and they were treated differently from an egress standpoint, which of course made me wonder what the thought process was.  At what point was the occupant load of the balcony large enough to change the egress plan?  The small balconies had double-cylinder deadbolts (exactly what I would do unless the code official wouldn’t let me):



This larger balcony (still not huge) has doors leading into the balcony, and doors leading from the balcony to the stairwell.  You can just see the exit sign way down at the other end.


The doors leading to the balcony:

Balcony Entrance

The doors from the balcony to the stair:

Balcony Exit

I thought the removable mullions on the exit stair looked pretty good, although they could have just done three single doors in one frame since they’re probably never going to remove the mullion:

Stair Doors

You know you’ve really hit hardware nerd-vana when you stop in your tracks, utter the words, “Those look pretty,” (with feeling), and take a photo:


And finally from the parking garage…a simple (and very obvious) way to control the automatic operators after hours:

Keyswitch and Actuator

9 Responses to “Music City Center – Nashville, Tennessee”

  1. Rachel Smith says:

    During construction of this building they had a live WebCam across the street pointing towards the construction site. I used to check it every couple of months, it was quite interesting. The webcam is still active if anyone is interested: What is really cool is that the face of one building looks like a keyboard.

  2. Cody Parrott says:

    Hardware nerd-vana? Haha! Finally a word to explain the nearly unexplainable emotional attachment to my wife

  3. Justin Ritter says:

    I noticed the surface overhead stops/holders almost immediately. What a shame to spend all that money on the concealed closers only to have the glaringly visible holders on the surface of the door. The showcase portion of this building is the exterior, the lobby, and public spaces so I wouldn’t want visible hardware there. The exhibit hall, while nicer than most, is still just that – a utilitarian space. I would have mounted closers on the exhibit hall side that would both close and stop the doors, or push side closers with concealed overhead stops.
    Did you notice the veneer on those wood doors you show above – the same veneer pattern extends to the walls and overhangs. They appeared to be real wood veneer, not laminate.

  4. Eric Hirning says:

    That is a good way to control the doors after hours. I would have tried to conceal the wires better. The rest of the building is beautiful!

  5. Ryan Bradley says:

    Is there a reason the key switch could not be mounted immediately adjacent to the door operator switch?

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