THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 2015-2016

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 2015: Investment Firm, Durham, North Carolina. This 4,000 sq ft. renovation of an existing space connects two buildings in order to provide a multipurpose room which is used for presentations, performances, all hands meeting, and lectures with video… Read more »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 2013-2014

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years!   2013: Gene Snyder US Courthouse Lightwell Courtroom Expansion, Louisville, Kentucky. This six-floor building served as a Post Office, Court House and Custom House and is an excellent example of Classical Revival architecture originally built in 1932. TA… Read more »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 2007-2009

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 2007: County of Kern Emergency Operations Center, Bakersfield, California. The 7,000 sq ft standalone facility is designed to be the command center for county operations during a disaster/emergency situation. The three principal areas include the emergency operations center,… Read more »

Eyes Wide Open

By: Steve Thorburn When I called home this weekend for my weekly chat with Mom, she began telling me about her broken freezer. She said she went to get some tater tots, and noticed everything in the freezer section of the refrigerator had begun to thaw. Any other year, or any other time of the… Read more »

What Will Your Learning Space Look Like in 2018?

By: Steve Thorburn What our learning spaces will look like — and how they will function — in 2018. The building blocks for the future of learning space design are already around us. Exploring five key areas will highlight the challenges our industry must overcome to make that future a reality. But first, one must… Read more »

Video vs Audio

By: Steve Thorburn There is often a chill that runs up your spine when something is really well done. That happened for me the first time I heard the “THX chord” in a theater. It reinforced that audio gives us the emotion and can be much more than 50 percent of the experience. Even the… Read more »

The Elusive System Check Out

By: Steve Thorburn Increasingly, in both our home and work environments, we live in a world of automation. And, accordingly, our demands have risen just beyond the limits of reasonable expedemands ctation. Is it any wonder, then, that we frequently hear “What do you mean I have to adjust it? Isn’t it digital?” With Digital… Read more »

The Recession Is Over!

By: Steve Thorburn As I walked into the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) 2010 trade floor, it was clear that there was an energy level on the floor that I had not felt in 10 years. This industry took a big hit after 9/11. IAAPA was a ghost town in 2001, and… Read more »

At Your Service

By: Steve Thorburn It has been one of those months—the kind where there seems to be a permanent target on your back. It began with my partner trying to rent a car. We both travel a lot, and are members of this company’s highest-level frequent renter program. We are loyal to this firm for one… Read more »