Glass Expo Midwest, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Chicago

Tubelite will be exhibiting at the Glass Expo Midwest, Oct. 31, 3-8 p.m. and Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Illinois’ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.

Co-sponsored by the Illinois Glazing Association, the Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin Glass Associations, Detroit Glass Dealers Association, the Association of Glazing Contractors and USGlass magazine, USGNN and Window Film magazine. Members of the co-sponsoring associations and subscribers of USGlass and Window Film magazines who register by Oct. 25, 2013, will receive a free attendee registration (a $79 value) at no charge.

On Oct. 31, attendees of Fenestration Day also will receive the added benefit of having the ability to walk the Glass Expo Midwest show floor.


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Music City Center welcomes CSI convention attendees through Tubelite’s doors

TL MCC DoubleTubelite is exhibiting at CSI 2013 Booth #343

Opened in May 2013, the new $585 million Music City Center (MCC) in Nashville hosts the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) annual convention and CONSTRUCT Show. Unlike most convention centers’ “box with docks” design, MCC showcases a glass and limestone exterior highlighting natural light, outside views and open corridors with more than 1,000 doors. Helping achieve this transparency and connection to surrounding spaces, Tubelite Inc. provided storefront and entrance systems that were installed by Nashville-based Alexander Metals, Inc.

Spanning 1.2 million square feet, MCC has been called a “wide-scraper” as it stretches 19 acres and six city blocks. It offers 353,143-square-foot exhibit space with multiple flex space, 90,000 square feet of meeting rooms/break-out space, a guitar-shaped 57,000-square-foot ballroom with built-in stage, and an 18,000-square-foot junior ballroom.

Musical motifs permeate the facility. Nashville’s music and entertainment industry has a $10 billion annual economic impact on the region. Recognizing the economic and cultural importance, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and more than 100 custom art installation also are displayed inside the MCC.

CSI CONSTRUCT attendees are among the many who will experience the facility’s amenities. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau has booked 123 trade shows or conventions at the new center and more than 1 million hotel room nights, a list that extends to 2026. Hotels and other commercial real estate in the surrounding area have responded with new construction and renovation projects to attract arriving visitors.

Inspiring the building boom, MCC’s design team includes tvsdesign of Atlanta with Tuck-Hinton Architects and Moody-Nolan, Inc., both of Nashville. “There is a lot of love, care, heart and soul that have gone into this project from all three firms, the construction team and the mayor,” said one of the project’s principal architects at tvsdesign, C. Andrew McLean, FAIA. “We all wanted to create a landmark that would not only make Nashville proud, but also reflect the unique culture of the area.”

In keeping with the city’s commitment to sustainable development, the MCC is committed to LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Contributing to the project’s green goals, the aluminum used to produce Tubelite’s 8-foot-tall monumental doors and storefront systems was extruded using EcoLuminum™, a high recycled-content aluminum billet composition with eco-friendly, durable finishes.

TL MCC SingleSupporting the MCC’s indoor air quality control plan requiring the use of low-emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Tubelite’s aluminum framing was finished by Linetec using clear anodize, which uses no VOCs. Because it is an integral part of the substrate, the anodic coating results in a hard, durable substance providing excellent wear and abrasion resistance with minimal maintenance. Anodize process by-products are recyclable and anodized aluminum is 100% recyclable.

“We wanted to not only make this a landmark structure for Nashville, but we also wanted to show a deep respect for the Tennessee environment,” said tvsdesign’s Kevin Gordon, AIA, LEED AP, another of the project’s principal architects.

From top to bottom, MCC focuses on environmental considerations. The facility is capped with 175,000-square-foot vegetative roof with 845 photovoltaic panels. A key design element, the roof is described as undulating “to represent the rolling hills of Tennessee and the sound waves that can be overheard by musicians playing in clubs on Broadway, at the Grand Ole Opry or Schermerhorn Center.”

Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the convention center took 3.5 years to construct due in part to its scale and complex geometry, and also to a devastating flood that hit the city in May 2010. (A time-lapse video of the construction can be viewed at More than 7,300 people worked on the project’s construction and completed the project one week ahead of schedule in April 2013.

Leading the effort, general contractor Bell/Clark’s joint venture team is comprised of Bell & Associates Construction, LP, of Brentwood, Tenn., and Clark Construction Group, LLC, in association with Harmony Construction Group, LLC, of Nashville. Additional Nashville-based project partners include Ross Bryan & Associates and Logan Patri Engineering, structural engineers; I.C. Thomasson Associates Inc., and ECS mechanical engineers; and Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., civil engineers.

“The entire project and construction management team and all the subcontractors and suppliers have proven their commitment to the project and the city of Nashville throughout the last three years, giving us regular updates that validated our confidence in them,” said Convention Center Authority chair, Marty Dickens. “They have done an outstanding job.”

“I applaud the project management team and its crew for finishing construction of the Music City Center ahead of their deadline,” Mayor Karl Dean also stated. “It is no small feat to finish construction on time, but to do so for a project of this scale is truly remarkable.

In May, MCC’s grand opening celebrations took place with a concert headlined by Sheryl Crow. In June, the project was honored with an Excellence in Building Green at the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship awards from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. In July, it was named the winner of the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association’s Associate Award of Excellence. In August, the facility’s architectural team proudly joined their colleagues at the AIA Tennessee Convention and Exhibition held at MCC.

“I continue to be impressed by the size and beauty of the Music City Center,” Dean said. “There’s no doubt we are a city with momentum, and with the opening of the Music City Center… even more tourists and conventioneers will get to see that first hand. We know it’s not going to be the biggest convention facility in the country, but I’m absolutely certain it will be the best.”

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Music City Center; G, 150 4th Ave N #250G, Nashville, TN 37219;
* Owner: Convention Center Authority, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County; Nashville, Tenn.;
* Architect: tvsdesign; Atlanta;
with Tuck-Hinton Architects; Nashville, Tenn.
and Moody-Nolan, Inc.; Nashville, Tenn.
* General contractor: Bell/Clark joint venture team of
Bell & Associates Construction, LP; Brentwood, Tenn.;
Clark Construction Group, LLC;
in association with Harmony Construction Group, LLC; Nashville, Tenn.;
* Glazing contractor: Alexander Metals, Inc.; Nashville, Tenn.;
* Entrance systems – manufacturer: Tubelite Inc.; Walker, Mich.;
* Entrance systems – glass fabricator: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope; Santa Monica, Calif.;
* Entrance systems – finisher: Linetec; Wausau, Wis.;
* Construction Specifications Institute:


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Tubelite honored among the industry’s “Best Companies to Work For”

U.S. Glass magazine selected Tubelite Inc. as #1 among the glass and metal industry’s “Best Companies to Word For” in the category of 101-1,000 employees. According to the magazine, “Through extensive benefit plans, continual training and corporate cultures that promote their employees’ wellbeing, these companies work hard everyday to make it a joy for employees to come to work.”

This annual industry report ranks companies using a weighted point system that assigns value to each of the various benefits offered by these companies. The point system is based on an independent survey of glass and metal industry company employees who explain which benefits are most important to them. The magazine further organizes the ranking by number of employees at each company. Tubelite includes more than 200 employees at four locations.

Tubelite’s controller, Shari Ludy, said, “We’re growing by leaps and bounds and the company shares that with the employees. The people are phenomenal.” In addition to the “company’s generous benefits package,” she noted that the company works to celebrate its success and growth on a quarterly basis through such events as group family activities, internal promotions, tuition reimbursement and certification rewards that all work to make employees feel supported.

Shelley Van Dyke, Tubelite’s human resources manager, added that the way the company treats its employees is reflected in the pride they demonstrate through commitment to a job well done. “We have a great team that takes pride in providing quality products and services to our customers on time and complete.”

Congratulations to all!


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CSI CONSTRUCT, Sept. 25-27, Nashville

Tubelite returns to the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI’s) CONSTRUCT show, where it will be exhibiting in booth #343. This year’s show is being held at the at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., which relies on Tubelite’s products.

Exhibit hours:
Wed., Sept. 25 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CONSTRUCT is the only national trade show and educational conference for the commercial building teams that spec and source building products. This event is dedicated to institutional, industrial and commercial building industries. Join thousands of industry leaders that design, build, specify, engineer, renovate or operate in the build environment to procure real-world, practical knowledge for building success.Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association dedicated to improving the documentation, management and communication of building information as used by the construction community. CSI accomplishes its mission through the development of construction standards and formats, such as MasterFormat and UniFormat; the promulgation of those formats through master guide specifications and building information management (BIM) software; training and certification programs, including the Construction Documents Technology (CDT) and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) exams; publication of Construction Specifier magazine; and an ever-expanding membership of decision-makers who identify and specify building product solutions. CSI members include a cross-section of specifiers, architects, contractors, suppliers and other construction project professionals who are touched by construction documentation.
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Shared Learnings: It’s That Time of Year

by Tom Minnon, LEED® AP, CDT, Eastern Region Sales Manager for Tubelite Inc.

Summer sets as the autumn tradeshow season dawns. GlassBuild America, Sept. 10-12 in Atlanta, and CSI Construct, Sept. 25-27 in Nashville, bring that bittersweet reminder that we have entered the third quarter. This year’s expos are expected to showcase new fenestration products to meet commercial buildings’ increasingly stringent performance and code requirements.

Last October, Hurricane Sandy proved to be the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history with damages estimated at $68 billion. The 2013 hurricane season already has produced four named storms. Entering into the peak of the season, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an update in August predicting a 70% chance of seeing above-average activity in the Atlantic with potentially 13-19 named storms, six to nine hurricanes, and three to five of those hurricanes becoming major events.

Hurricane impact-resistant fenestration products help address commercial building owners’ concerns for mitigating damage to their property and protecting occupants from shattered glass and wind-borne debris. A breadth of storefront and entrance systems are available to comply with High-Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) wind zones, as well as Miami-Dade and Florida Building Codes.

DOE_EnergyCodes_map_imgAs Model Energy Codes become a reality, more building owners will seek fenestration systems offering high thermal performance. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program maps current and projected commercial building energy code adoption activity. For example, in Georgia where GlassBuild is held, ASHRAE 90.1-2010/2012 IECC or equivalent is projected for adoption by the end of 2015. In California, this already has been adopted.

Energy efficiency, recycled content and daylighting remain key criteria in LEED® v.4, recently approved by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In Tennessee where Construct is held, the USGBC reports that four “municipal governments have made policy commitments that advance better building practices by rewarding leadership with LEED… Tennessee state ranks 22nd in the nation with 529 commercial buildings that are LEED registered and certified, totaling more than 63 million square feet.”

This November, Pennsylvania will host USGBC members and allied professionals in Philadelphia for the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The state ranks fifth in the nation with 1,816 commercial buildings that are LEED registered and certified. Detailed market reports are available for download online at under the Resources page.

USGBC enjoys membership crossover with the American Institute of Architects (AIA). While AIA champions green building goals, it no longer requires its members to specifically earn continuing education credits for sustainable design. Although there are differences by state, AIA members now are required to complete 12 hours of health, safety and welfare (HSW) education, where eight hours previously were needed.

Thousands of AIA members earn these credits at their local chapters’ annual conferences and conventions, many of which are held during the autumn. A list of AIA’s 300 component organizations, contacts and events can be found at under the AIA Chapters page. For example, AIA Illinois annual conference is scheduled for Nov 7-9.

Also is hosted in Illinois, Glass Expo Midwest takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. Now in its 18th year, the event is conveniently co-located to welcome Fenestration Day attendees.

Whichever tradeshows and conferences you attend this autumn, remember to do more than just attend – participate! If you’re in a seminar, ask the speaker a question. If you’re in the expo hall, make time to see the newest products. If you’re at lunch, strike up a conversation with a colleague. These events are among the few industry forums for face-to-face interaction. Be sure to take advantage of them.


Tom Minnon, LEED® AP, CDT, is the eastern region sales manager for Tubelite Inc., serving clients from Maine to Georgia. With nearly four decades of industry experience and many professional accreditations, he regularly provides educational and consultative support to architects, buildings owners and glazing contractors regarding storefront, curtainwall, entrances and daylight control systems.


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