Vanderbilt University Sony Music Entertainment Building

Nashville, TN

Once home to the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, the former Sony Music Entertainment Building was built in 1916, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The building was converted to office space in 1998 for BMG Music (acquired by Sony in 2008), and purchased by Vanderbilt University for use as academic and administrative space in 2014.

The challenge for Universal, which provided over 350 windows to the project, was to provide a number of windows that were arched on the exterior of the building but rectangular on the interior, which Universal accomplished by customizing its popular Series 400 Fixed Series. For ease of maintenance, Vanderbilt opted for fixed windows with no exterior grids instead of a more accurate hung window with external grids.