To RT60, or Not to RT60

It’s surprising how often we’re asked to design a space for a specific reverberation time (RT60), when in actuality it is a completely inappropriate criteria for the project. We understand that “reverberation” is just a really fun word to say, but it is very important to utilize the proper tools when analyzing the acoustical design… Read more »

Project Highlight: Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center

The new Kaiser Permanente Hospital and Medical Offices in Santa Clara, CA recently opened on a 52-acre campus. The facility is equipped with leading edge technology yet designed with a warm, inviting environment. The hospital campus is home for a weekly Farmer’s Market, classes in healthcare, beautiful gardens and play areas for children. The facility… Read more »

Helipad Solutions

Corporations, television stations, police and firefighters use helipads, even high-end residential estates. The noise from the helicopters as they approach, land, and take off can be extremely disruptive to anyone within earshot. At Thorburn Associates our Engineers can provide the acoustical solution. We start by working with the architect, the end-user and the helipad planner… Read more »

Product Review: Perforated Wood Panels

The need to adjust the acoustics in a commercial setting is apparent in many common areas. Common areas planned for only pedestrian circulation are now being converted into lobbies, break rooms and cafeterias that need a balanced reverberation time to create a comfortable, amiable atmosphere. Not enough reverberation and the room sounds dead; conversely, too… Read more »

Project Highlight: San Francisco GSA Building

The San Francisco Federal Building was designed by Thom Mayne, principal of Santa Monica-based Morphosis and assisted by The Smith Group in San Francisco. Located on Mission and Seventh Streets in the South of Market neighborhood, the SF Federal Building is LEED certified. The 18-story facility is long and lean with almost all offices receiving… Read more »

Focus on Acoustics: High-Rise Buildings

Determining proper acoustics for high-rise buildings involves: the intention of the space, speech privacy, background noise and sound masking. The goal is to select acoustical finishes that will meet the visions of the owner and the architect while providing a comfortable work-space. Lobby acoustics depend on how the space will be used. Will it be… Read more »

Project Highlight: San Jose Cambrian Branch Library

Libraries now days are competing with large bookstores and the Cambrian Branch has the means to be a contender. San Jose’s new library, designed by Anderson Brulé Architects, opened in November. The LEED certified building is 28,000 sq. ft. and includes an informal communal area with a cozy fireplace; group areas for meetings; technical center;… Read more »

Sound Myth-Understandings

A myth is a story handed down through history, often orally, that explains the unknown. In some cases, we have heard these myths so often we never question their veracity. The word itself comes from the Greek, “mythos” which meant speech but later came to mean legend. In the spirit of Mythbusters, we’ve found some… Read more »

Students to Have Access to New Technology for Film, Music and Dance

The Performing Arts Facility on the De Anza Community College campus in San Jose, CA is under construction. The building is designed as a multi-use facility serving as classroom space, an auditorium, exhibition area and lobby. Established in 1967, De Anza Community College currently serves approximately 22,000 students. The 112-acre campus includes an Olympic aquatics… Read more »