Three Glazing Myths Debunked

Dispelling Common Concerns about Specifying Glass Railing

No matter how you look at it – or through it – glass is a clear choice among today’s commercial architects and designers. From sports arenas and shopping malls to hotels and healthcare facilities, savvy specifiers are increasingly looking to incorporate glass into their project designs, presenting a huge growth opportunity for contract glaziers. However, taking on projects involving glass railing can be challenging due to lack of familiarity with the products or concerns related to engineering.

As a leading provider of architectural railings, Trex Commercial Products has nearly three decades of experience providing architectural railing systems and working with glaziers, architects, general contractors and installers. Following are three common myths its team has encountered over the years, along with expert insights to help clear up confusion.


MYTH #1: Architectural Plans Are All-Inclusive

While architects may have a distinct vision for a project, it’s nearly impossible for them to think through every little detail when preparing renderings. Finishing specifications often are left up to the general contractor and sub-contractors.

“As a glazier, this can put you in a challenging position, particularly if you’re less familiar with the intricacies of glass railing systems,” explains Dan Stachel, vice president of Trex Commercial Products. “To ensure you have all the pertinent details, ask your supplier to provide you with a comprehensive proposal, including detailed takeoffs with specific inclusions or exclusions for each railing style within the project scope.”

These details should include aspects such as finish, linear footage, structural attachment and makeup. Trex Commercial Products provides color-coded takeoffs to help define the project scope by railing style and location along with a proposal to plans and spec. Additionally, Stachel suggests requesting a submittal package that includes 3-D renderings based on the architectural and structural specifics for the project.

High definition surveying (HDS) technology offers tremendous benefits over conventional surveying. It allows for the capture of thousands of critical measurements with precision accuracy, thereby significantly reducing the need for fabrication rework. It also offers a much faster track to the manufacturing process by eliminating the risk of human error and saving weeks of manual field measuring.

“A good supplier understands that its role is more than just a fabricator of the designer’s concepts,” notes Stachel. “Our engineering team leverages its extensive experience to ensure the railing’s design allows for a successful final product.”


MYTH #2: All Calculations are Created Equal

When it comes to analyzing glass for commercial building construction, there are a variety of methods and programs that may be employed. As a result, glass design and engineering analysis can be inconsistent across projects. There are several possible reasons for this including the treatment of guardrails as a product rather than an engineered structure, general inexperience with glass as an engineered material, and limited access to glass design software in the U.S.

Regardless of the method selected for analysis, there are two key principles that should be considered when specifying glass railing: the elastic properties of laminate interlayers (and how they change with temperature and load duration), and understanding that local stresses – e.g., contact materials, support size and hole size – are critical. In light of these varying factors, it’s highly recommended that a good finite element program be used to accurately determine glass stresses instead of any manual analysis.

“We have had a number of instances when architects and specifiers have requested proposed pricing for projects using 9/16-inch glass for point-supported systems when our analysis has determined that 13/16-inch glass would be required to meet IBC stress requirements,” notes Stachel. “Without the right experience and specialized equipment, glass can easily be inaccurately calculated and misquoted.”

Glass analysis is the most critical aspect of specifying point supported glass due to life safety factors. It’s essential that those who have a stake in a project understand this and take appropriate measures to ensure that building code requirements are met.


MYTH #3: Railings Are a Finishing Touch

As one of the most visible elements of any building project, railings serve an important aesthetic and structural role – adding support, safety and style. While they may be one of the last products to be installed, their specification should be considered early in the design process.

To help glaziers take advantage of the current and growing demand for glass railings, Trex Commercial Products offers design-to-delivery support services with a focus on simplifying glass railing projects and providing a refreshing, thorough and stress-free experience for glaziers. In addition to customized proposals and comprehensive submittals, the Trex Commercial Products team carefully packages railing materials together, including all of the required hardware and adhesives. Each component is labeled to correspond with setup drawings and a detailed installation guide is provided.

For more information about Trex Commercial Products’ distinctive approach and all-inclusive services, visit to download the company’s step-by-step specification booklet.

Trex Commercial Products Adds Customizable Design Features To Popular Railing Systems

With a Choice of Railing Elements, Equinox™ and Monaco™ Railing Systems Bring Distinctive Design Possibilities to Commercial Spaces

From sports arenas and shopping malls to hotels and healthcare settings, today’s commercial spaces call for distinctive, one-of-a-kind design elements that combine the functional needs of the building with the architect’s vision. With this in mind, Trex Commercial Products, a national leader in engineering and manufacturing ornamental railing systems for commercial building applications, has re-engineered two of its popular railing systems – Equinox and Monaco – to offer more customizable features.

“Today’s commercial spaces aren’t one-size-fits-all but, too often, architects and designers find themselves limited by the design options available for commercial glass railing systems,” said John Lewis, president and CEO of Trex Commercial Products. “By offering customizable options with our Equinox and Monaco glass railing systems, there’s no need to compromise on style – or substance.”

Sleek Sophisticated Style

The defined, clean lines of the Equinox Railing System amplify the best features of glass railing with an innovative rod-and-disc assembly that features zero visible fasteners. Featuring the strength and sleek, modern aesthetic of premium stainless steel, the Equinox system offers a variety of post, top rail and handrail options, creating even more distinct design possibilities. The result is a contemporary space that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Further distinguishing Equinox are its unique stainless steel rod-and-disc assemblies, which attach through the glass panels. The minimalist design gives the illusion of a solid system – but with the flexibility of individual component selection. Equinox is a popular choice for educational and healthcare settings, as it allows for maximum natural light.

Strength Meets Simplicity

An adaptable design, the Monaco Railing System from Trex Commercial Products is an economical railing solution for high-traffic commercial settings. This classic, simple system uses sleek stainless steel clamps to mount the glass infill, for a barely-there appearance.

Like Equinox, this system is now available with a variety of design options. Specifiers can choose from either square or D-shaped stainless steel clamps, as well as round, square or rectangle posts.

Rubber isolator discs inside the clamps prevent glass infill from touching metal and provide vibration dampening. Monaco railing also can adapt to the rake of any stair, and can be used with radius applications, as well as fascia-mounted applications.

“We understand that today’s architects and designers want the simplicity of pre-engineered railings, with the design possibilities offered by customized systems,” Lewis added. “These updates to the Equinox and Monaco Railing Systems deliver on both counts, with trusted, popular glass railing offerings that now feature greater design flexibility.”

3-D Laser Technology Brings Field-Accurate Dimensions to Commercial Railing Systems

From Small-Scale Campus Venues to Large Professional Sports Complexes, Emerging Technology Delivers Accuracy Along with Time and Money Savings

From preconstruction through final inspection, 3-D scanning and measurement is an integral element of architecture, engineering and construction. It’s an innovative solution that continues to gain momentum on job sites for its ability to collect highly accurate information in a very short period of time.

While the technology behind 3-D laser scanning has been around for years, the building and architectural metal industries are just beginning to tap into its potential, particularly for stadium and athletic facility construction. According to KPMG’s Global Construction Survey from 2016, the industry is starting to embrace this technology, and just over 20 percent of respondents said they’re changing their business models to accommodate its rapid growth.

As a leading national provider of architectural railings, Trex Commercial Products has nearly three decades of experience manufacturing ornamental railing systems and working with architects, general contractors and glaziers. During this time, we’ve seen several rising challenges within the metal architecture industry – including shorter building cycles, shrinking budgets and the need to produce accurate data at a moment’s notice.

3-D scanning technology offers tremendous benefits for both the client and the surveyor. In the short-term, it provides accurate measurements for design and construction, while in the long-term, it provides clients with valuable survey information that can aid in planning future maintenance or reconfiguration of the space.

What is 3-D Laser Scanning?

Laser scanning, also called high definition surveying (HDS), is a method of high-accuracy mapping or reality capture that uses lasers to quickly capture complete field detail of an entire building construction project. These lasers scan or sweep across objects, measuring millions of points with XYZ values. The result is an accurate 3-D depiction of the scanned building site called a point cloud that can be converted to AutoCAD, MicroStation and several other design formats.

Key Advantages

High definition surveying offers a wide array of benefits, including decreased project costs, faster turnaround, improved safety, reduced rework and higher quality data capture.

  • Speed, Accuracy & Consistency – 3-D laser scanning enables a faster project turnaround and accurate means of collecting millions of measurable data points in seconds. In addition, measurement scanning can be completed without significant interruption of surrounding activities – a major benefit when working on compressed deadlines.
  • Valuable Data for Design – The richness of the data from 3-D scanning gives clients peace of mind that measurements are accurate and thorough. Even after project completion, building management can have access to virtually every detail of the building’s design, all of which can be valuable for future purposes.
  • Improved Safety – Laser scanning is hands off, making it unobtrusive and safer. Also, the technology enables project managers to obtain measurements for difficult, hard-to-reach and sometimes dangerous areas of a building site – a process that could potentially take days, and bring other on-site work to a halt.
  • Cost Advantages – Imagine the time and money savings on a project that requires zero remakes. By exposing any inaccuracies early in the process, 3-D scanning allows you to quickly resolve them before they became larger issues during construction and installation.

Primary Uses

From healthcare settings to educational facilities and major athletic arenas, this emerging technology is scalable and can be used for smaller venues as well as large-scale projects.

For large professional sports complexes, 3-D scanning allows Trex Commercial Products to create ornamental railings that enhance accessibility and safety, contributing to the overall fan experience, while also complementing each facility’s unique design and architecture.

Using the point cloud data captured on-site, Trex Commercial Products created a 3-D model of U.S. Bank Stadium.

In addition, 3-D laser scanning services can help identify the exact locations and dimensions of structural elements like columns, seating, stairs and risers – valuable information for stadium modifications, including extending railing barriers for fan protection or upgrades to VIP suite sections.

HDS can also prove beneficial for universities and hospitals to museums and hotels. For instance, Trex Commercial Products utilized a 3-D laser scanning system to create railing for a spiral staircase at Colorado State University Health and Medical Center. Given the tight deadline and complexity of the work, the technology allowed us to accurately – and quickly – model the unique shape and contours of the staircase.

3-D laser scanning provided Trex Commercial Products with accurate dimensions that lead to swifter and easier installation.

Embracing the potential of new technology like high-definition surveying provides a tremendous competitive advantage. While only a small percentage of companies in the industry are implementing this advanced tool, it allows us to participate in some of the largest commercial railing projects in the country. By utilizing 3-D modeling, we’re able to provide a compliant product, in a cost-effective manner that accommodates any project’s requirements.

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Trex Commercial Products Elevates Fan Experience at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum

With its sleek, modern design, the Fiserv Forum, home to the Milwaukee Bucks and the Marquette Golden Eagles, promises to put Milwaukee on the map as a venue for major sporting events, concerts and headlining acts. This brand new multipurpose arena has been a catalyst of revitalization for the downtown area, and Trex Commercial Products is proud to have provided nearly 12,000 linear feet of ornamental railing throughout!


For this project, Trex Commercial Products had two goals in mind. First, to deliver engineered custom decorative railing that enhanced the accessibility, safety, and overall fan experience at the arena; and second, to complement its distinctly contemporary architecture.


When it comes to adding style and luxury, glass is an ideal material for stadium and arena railing projects. Internally, you’ll find custom radius glass railing in the arena’s exclusive Sky Mezzanine and Panorama Club, which also features glass railing top mounted to a rolled steel angle with LED lighting, enhancing the ambiance of the VIP space. The Panorama Club’s exclusive exterior balcony features three-quarter inch laminated tempered glass with SentryGuard Plus (SGP) interlayer, allowing fans to enjoy expansive views of the Milwaukee skyline.

Track Rail featuring half-inch laminated tempered glass with polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer can also be found in the massive multi-level light filled East Atrium, VIP suites and Upper Concourses, enhancing the sophisticated interior design, while also providing a secure, yet unobtrusive, barrier along the stairs, concourses and overlooks.

LED lit railing is incorporated into the intermediate rails on awe-inspiring stairways in the east atrium serving as an important safety function – gently lighting walkways to help accommodate patrons in getting to their destination. Additionally, the arena is furnished with anodized aluminum handrail, liquid painted cable railing, drink rails, and classic picket railing along with ADA-compliant guardrails.

In addition, a skywalk featuring elegant stainless steel handrail connects the third level of the parking facility to the new arena, allowing fans to park and walk directly across to the arena’s main concourse.

“The Fiserv Forum is more than an arena – it’s a central hub of entertainment and recreation for generations of Milwaukee residents,” said John Lewis, president and CEO of Trex Commercial Products. “From children attending their first basketball game to lifelong Bucks fans, we wanted

to ensure the railing elements incorporated throughout the space had a ‘wow’ factor to rival the fan experience of any other major arena, while also considering the numerous and diverse needs of all attendees, so that everyone could enjoy this beautiful venue.”

For more details on the Trex Commercial Products materials used in this project, download the case study here:

Trex Commercial Products Debuts Ascent® Windscreen System

Customizable System Provides Comprehensive Coverage for Any Outdoor Setting

Take your next commercial design project to new heights with the latest innovation from Trex Commercial Products, a national leader in engineering and manufacturing ornamental railing systems for commercial building applications. The Minneapolis-based company has introduced Ascent, a post-supported glass windscreen designed for commercial exterior use. Ideal around pools, outdoor dining areas and balconies, this new product delivers unobstructed views while also diverting wind to create a more enjoyable environment and outdoor experience.

“As architects and designers increasingly incorporate outdoor spaces into their design plans, it is vital to consider the impact that Mother Nature can have on a space’s functionality and potential for enjoyment,” said John Lewis, president and CEO of Trex Commercial Products. “Ascent provides protection from distracting winds, without sacrificing the very thing that draws patrons outside in the first place – the view.”

Reaching New Heights

While most commercial windscreen systems are capable of handling 10psf wind loads, Ascent is designed for eight times that amount, with a qualified wind load of 80psf. This increased wind load allows for installation at much higher altitudes, such as balconies and rooftops. At a standard height of 6 ft., Ascent provides extensive coverage for furniture and patrons; however, the product’s height is completely customizable based on individual project needs.

Installation That’s a Breeze

Unlike traditional glass windscreens that require installers to lift large panes of glass and slide them in from the top of the post system, Ascent uses an easy-to-install aluminum snap-fit system with concealed fasteners. With one side of the post in place, the glass is positioned in front of the system and held in by double-sided foam tape. The tape holds the first pane of glass in while the next piece of glass is installed. The cover is then snapped in from the front, safely securing the half-inch glass panel in place. To prevent corrosion, the posts are secured with an embedment or welded base plate, avoiding any contact with concrete.

“Ascent introduces Trex Commercial Products into the windscreen market, and we’re excited about its growth prospects and potential usage – particularly in hospitality and healthcare settings,” noted Lewis. “With its impressive wind loads and customizable sizing, the sky is truly the limit!”

Ascent is available in four finishes – Powder Coated, Painted, Kynar® and Anodized – for a custom look to complement any setting.

For more information about Trex Commercial Products offerings and all-inclusive services, visit

International Champions Cup Shines A Spotlight On Rising Soccer Stars – and Trex Commercial Products

Host Stadiums Contain Nearly 30 Miles of Trex Commercial Products Railing

This summer, the International Champions Cup will bring Europe’s finest soccer teams to the United States for three weeks of intense play, showcasing the rising stars of Europe’s top leagues. Also on display? Trex Commercial Products railing at several of the host stadiums across the country, including:

Anodized aluminum aisle railing and Tensiline cable railing

AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas

As one of the largest football stadiums in the U.S., AT&T Stadium features over 35,000 linear feet of interior and exterior railing provided by Trex Commercial Products. This state-of-the-art facility houses a variety of ornamental TCP railing styles including Track Rail glass railing, Tensiline cable railing, metal Griprail, and custom post-supported drink rails.


Post supported glass railing attached via top and fascia mount

Hard Rock Stadium; Miami, Fla.

More than 16,000 linear feet of Trex Commercial Products railing went into this renovation, including custom post-supported railing with glass infill and Tensiline cable railing. Forklift-able seating platforms with custom post supported railing brings a luxury seating experience down to field level.


 Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.

Trex Commercial Products designed, engineered and manufactured in excess of eight miles of ornamental railing for Levi’s Stadium. TCP also contributed to the stadium’s achievement of LEED Gold certification – the first U.S. professional football stadium to have done so.



MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.

The second-largest stadium in the NFL in terms of seating capacity, MetLife Stadium is home to both the New York Giants and the New York Jets, as well as a prime venue for major concerts. Trex Commercial Products Track Rail can be found throughout the stadium, including in the stadium’s VIP suites, concourse area and fan entrance stairs.


U.S. Bank Stadium; Minneapolis, Minn.

Designed to stand tall for generations, the home field of the Minnesota Vikings features more than 49,000 linear feet of Trex Commercial Products decorative railing. From Griprail and Tensiline cable railing surrounding the stadium, to the stylish frosted glass drink rails in the elegant Valhalla Club, TCP’s work can be found inside and out of this spectacular stadium.


“Combined, these stadiums have the capacity to accommodate more than 362,000 fans – that’s a whole lot of people relying on Trex Commercial Products for safety, accessibility, and their enjoyment of the game,” said John Lewis, president and CEO of Trex Commercial Products. “Our railings are designed to deliver the maximum in aesthetics, strength, and sustainability, and we’re proud to deliver customized solutions that help to create ideal venues for enjoying these exciting games.”

Trex Commercial Products Gives Los Angeles Football Club Fans a Reason to Stand and Cheer

Nation’s First Safe Standing System with Integrated Seating Unveiled at Banc of California Stadium

Fans of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) have a new reason to stand up and cheer. The Club’s brand new 22,000-seat stadium, which hosted its inaugural match in mid-April, features the country’s first “safe standing” supporter section with integrated seating. Custom designed by Trex Commercial Products, a national leader in the engineering and manufacturing of ornamental railing systems for commercial building applications, the system features safety railing with folding seats that enable supporters to stand shoulder-to-shoulder, creating an electrified and unified stadium atmosphere on match days.

Over 4,300 lf of Trex Commercial’s Seating Rail for the north end supporters section called the “3252” which signifies the number of seats in the supporters’ section.

“The vision for this project was to create an unrivaled in-stadium environment and sporting culture for the devoted supporters of the LAFC,” explained John Lewis, president and CEO of Trex Commercial Products. “With that in mind, we were inspired to think beyond safety and to re-imagine the safe standing concept in a completely new way that elevates the fan experience.”

Dubbed the “North End,” the safe standing section at Banc of California Stadium features a unique design inspired by nearly two years of intense research, design workshops with club owners and supporters, and extensive analysis of top projects around the world. Pitched at 34 degrees, it is the steepest in MLS, a key factor in the design of the seating rail system engineered by Trex Commercial Products. A fascia mounted metal railing frame angles back slightly, creating a comfortable lean rail for standing supporters, while also increasing headroom for seated patrons. The slim profile, tip-up style seats provide comfort and maximum standing room for passionate supporters, as well as enhanced crowd control within the section, allowing for greater fan safety and easier access in an emergency.

“Seeing the seating rail system installed for the first time at the stadium really put into perspective the slope of the section and the need for this one-of-a-kind custom system,” said Lewis. “Supporters will feel like they are right on top of the action.”

Augmenting the appeal and value of the revolutionary Trex Commercial Products design is the fact that the central portion of the section encompasses a removable stage – built in to allow the stadium to host concerts and other events, beyond MLS matches.

In addition to the 4,200 linear feet of railing in the North End supporter section, the stadium also features 14,425 linear feet of Trex Commercial railing throughout its interior, as well as fan entrance and exit areas. Railing types include aisle rail, cane rail, painted rail, cable rail, glass guardrail and concourse drink rail.

Trex Commercial Products worked in conjunction with Gensler Sports (architect), PCL (general contractor), Danny’s Construction (installer) and GlasPro (glass manufacturer) to design and install the state-of-the-art railing systems for Banc of California Stadium. For more information about Trex Commercial Products, visit


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When it Comes to Athletic Facilities, TCP is MVP

SportsBusiness Celebrates Six Projects from Trex Commercial Products, Including “Sports Facility of the Year”


In sports, there are winners and losers, but for Trex Commercial Products (TCP), a national leader in the engineering and manufacturing of ornamental railing systems for commercial building applications, the thrill of victory was inevitable. All six projects nominated for “Sports Facility of the Year” in this year’s Sports Business Awards competition, including the winner – Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, shared one thing in common – they all featured TCP railing.

Launched in 2008, the industry-leading Sports Business Awards were established by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily to recognize and celebrate leaders, visionaries and day-to-day practitioners who personify excellence in the business of sports. Along with categories such as “Sports Team of the Year,” “Sports Event of the Year” and “Sports Executive of the Year,” the program also honors most valuable players behind-the-scenes, including media, consultants and facilities.

TCP was part of all six arenas nominated for the 2018 “Sports Facility of the Year,” including:

  • Little Caesars Arena; Detroit, Mich. (WINNER)
    • More than 18,000 linear feet of custom ornamental railing from TCP can be found throughout this arena, including in its unique gondola-style seating area and numerous VIP club sections.
  • Notre Dame Stadium; South Bend, Ind.
    • 1,290 linear feet of TCP railing was used to update this historic stadium, adding enhanced safety and modernity to this football mecca.
  •  SunTrust Park/The Battery; Atlanta, Ga.
    • More than 19,000 linear feet of anodized aluminum TCP railing can be found on stairs, balconies, ADA compliance sections and throughout the fan seating areas, while more than 5,500 linear feet of TCP Track Rail is utilized on balcony overlooks and in front of seating areas.
  • Target Center; Minneapolis, Minn.
    • TCP provided 600 linear feet of glass railing for Target Center’s $145 million renovation project, transforming the facility into a modern, glamorous venue.
  •  T-Mobile Arena; Las Vegas, Nev.
    • Completed in 2016, this arena offers unobstructed views from practically everywhere, thanks to 12,400 linear feet of TCP glass railing.
  • U.S. Bank Stadium; Minneapolis, Minn.
    • Designed to stand tall for generations, the home field of the Minnesota Vikings features 49,000 linear feet of TCP decorative railing.

 “Each of these projects is truly one of a kind, and to have had a part in all six speaks to TCP’s ability to provide custom, individualized solutions for virtually any major construction or renovation project,” said John Lewis, president and CEO of Trex Commercial Products. “It’s thrilling to have our work recognized and to bring an enhanced game-day experience to sports fans across the country.”

Summit Orthopedics Eagan Clinic & Surgery Center

Beautiful Railings for an Innovative Surgical Care Setting

While the term “orthopedics” may have a cold, mechanical connotation, the designers of the Summit Orthopedics surgery center in Eagan, Minn., wanted to create an environment that was anything but technical.

For this project, TCP’s Line Series was installed to provide both beauty and stable support to patients, while the exterior of the building features TCP’s aluminum-framed Tensiline stainless cable railing.

The interior Line Series stair application includes 1.5” stainless steel wall and post-mounted handrails, skillfully bent to achieve a fluid aesthetic around corners and other radius designs. In addition, the installation’s laminated tempered glass has a .06” white opaque PVB interlayer between two 1/4” panels, creating an 80 percent transparent infill for a bright, airy atmosphere.

The 1.5” stainless steel handrail is skillfully bent to achieve a fluid aesthetic around corners and other radius designs.

Outside, TCP’s Tensiline cable railing offers an ideal choice for the exterior. This guardrail boasts an anodized aluminum frame with 316 stainless steel cable infill.

With patients flying in to the renowned clinic from across the country, the goal was to create an inviting space that would enhance patient experience and perhaps even hasten their recovery by encouraging healing. Trex Commercial Products is proud to have worked with the teams at Pope Architects, Inc., Welsh Architecture, RJM Construction, Brin Contract Glazing and D & M Iron Works to make this vision a reality.

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Little Caesars Arena Elevates Motor City’s NHL and NBA Fans

Features ‘Gondola Seating’ with Glass Rail Provided by Trex Commercial Products

WINCHESTER, Va., March 29, 2018– Giving new meaning to the term “upper level,” Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena features a unique gondola-style seating area that is suspended high above the playing area. This exceptional arrangement would not be possible, nor useful, without several hundred feet of strong, secure glass Track Rail provided by Trex Commercial Products, a subsidiary of Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX] and a national leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of ornamental railing systems for commercial building applications.

Home to the NHL’s Red Wings and NBA’s Pistons, Little Caesars Arena is located in The District Detroit and is designed to be one of the most intimate venues in both hockey and basketball. The lower bowl at Little Caesars Arena comprises more than half of the arena’s seats, giving the home team a loud – and close – cheering section.

“The intimate feel throughout the venue is an important feature for Little Caesars Arena and its guests,” said John Lewis, president and CEO of Trex Commercial Products. “However, whenever you have suspended structures like the gondola seating areas, it is important to have railings that optimize safety and stability without sacrificing aesthetics or visibility.”

The glass railings used throughout the facility are comprised of ½-inch and ¾-inch clear, tempered, laminated glass installed with steel embeds and secured with welded steel stiffener plates. The aisles are fitted with core-drilled anodized aluminum rails and stud-welded Gridguard (perforated custom mesh) railing for an ideal mix of security and visual appeal.

Little Caesars Arena features a 260-seat club at rink level that acts as a passage for the players as they enter the ice, two sideline clubs, a “Legends Club” dedicated to Detroit’s renowned history, and an alumni club for former players — each with its own décor and unique railing and drink rail combinations.

Throughout the street-level concourse, massive TV and light stands hang from girders in the ceiling while perforated drink rails are peppered throughout at floor level. Both are examples of architectural metal work designed to maximize function and form. The Red Wings’ practice facility is surrounded by a mix of similarly constructed perforated drink rails to enhance casual viewing of practice sessions or youth hockey games.

The state-of-the-art arena opened with 10 consecutive sold out concerts, with performers including multiple Grammy® Award-winning global superstar Ed Sheeran, the legendary Paul McCartney and Grammy® Award-winning band Imagine Dragons.

Trex Commercial Products was proud to work with HOK Architects and general contractor Barton Malow/Hunt/White and Harriott Contracting to provide high quality railing and architectural metals for Little Caesars Arena. Architectural metal installation was supported by Harriott Contracting.


View more photos of Little Caesars Arena here!


About Trex Commercial Products

Trex Commercial Products, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is a national leader in architectural railings for commercial applications. The company engineers and markets pre-engineered railing systems, aluminum systems and custom railing solutions. Trex Commercial Products has built an industry-leading reputation for quality and dedication to customer service since 1990. To learn more about Trex Commercial Products, visit

About Trex Company, Inc.

Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX] is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with more than 25 years of product experience. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit You also can follow Trex on Twitter (@Trex_Company), Instagram (@trexcompany), Pinterest (trexcompany) or Houzz (trexcompany-inc), “like” Trex on Facebook or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).