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

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