Focus on Technology: Overhead Microphone Systems

Your ears are really good acoustical measurement tools. Sit in a space alone sometime, clear your mind, and see how many different sounds you can identify. Very often, you will be able to pick out five or six sounds and then your ears will find the background noise level, which covers over the rest. Performing… Read more »

Project Profile: Kern County Emergency Operations Center

Working with BFGC Architects Planners Inc., TA recently provided acoustical and audiovisual consulting services for the new County of Kern Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located in Bakersfield, CA. This standalone facility, nearly 7,000 square feet in size, is designed to be the command center for County operations during a disaster/emergency situation, and when not operating… Read more »

Focus on Technology: The Time is Ripe for Green AV

Unless you just arrived on this planet, you know the AEC industry is pursuing ways to conserve energy resources and go “green”. With ten percent of the new economic stimulus package being invested in green projects, the AV industry is positioning itself with smart designs, efficient products and carbon-frugal processes. Four areas where Green AV… Read more »

Product Reviews: The Thorburn Office Experience

The new equipment and infrastructure helps make Thorburn Associates’ new North Carolina offices a pleasant, modern, functional space and an exemplary, working model of an open-plan office, featuring an exposed ceiling grid and first-rate acoustics. The office design is in conformance with LEED Silver (we hope) guidelines. When you’re in the Raleigh-Durham area, please pay… Read more »

Project Highlight: Georgetown County Judicial Center

The Georgetown County Judicial Center in South Carolina is a brand new, 79,300 square foot, $19.5 million facility, designed by Michael Walker of Tych & Walker Architects. Thorburn Associates was brought onto the design team by Tych & Walker in August 2006 and construction began in July 2007. Thorburn Associates designed AV systems for three… Read more »

Focus on Technology: Build the Perfect Teaching Station

The perfect teaching station reflects the needs of the faculty; the facilities design group, and the technology maintenance people at the educational facility for which it is built. The instructors need a simple, no-hassle, minimal maintenance system that feels like it is designed for them personally. Facilities design also wants a simple, no-hassle affair, ideally… Read more »

Product Review: Analog Signage

Let’s face it: Sometimes you don’t need a projection system or a monitor. Sometimes you just need a sign! But even plain old signage has been moving forward and making the most of advances in technology. An example is the nifty banner signs and related products offered by Post-Up Stand (postupstand.com). The sign is a… Read more »

Project News: Madison County Courthouse Restoration

Audiovisual systems in America’s courtrooms are nothing new these days. Many of us remember the O.J. Simpson murder trial and how Judge Ito would say, “Put it on the Elmo,” (Elmo being a brand of video document camera). Most new-construction judicial facilities that Thorburn Associates has designed include some combination of sound recording, sound reinforcement,… Read more »