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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 ( 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 »

Focus on Technology: AV & IT Convergence

Convergence seizes two different technologies that originated with different purposes, and integrates them to have a common function in a common environment. In the current evolution of the Audiovisual industry, there is a convergence with the Information Technology Industry, so that IT considerations are becoming a major factor in every AV designer’s work and the… Read more »

Focus on Technology: Using AV for Worship Center Security

Our worship centers are not exempt from the crimes of opportunity and other losses that are found in the rest of our world. The nature of the worship experience makes us vulnerable. So with a special eye we need to review our surroundings and determine how to better protect the institution, its property and the… Read more »

Product Review: InfoComm, Were You Audio-Immersed?

Nearly 35,000 AV professionals from almost 100 countries attended the 2008 InfoComm show in Las Vegas this past June – the largest InfoComm gathering ever, in fact. Thorburn Associates has had a longstanding presence at InfoComm as an educator. This year as last, we supplemented our slate of sessions with a special feature on the… Read more »

Can You See Me Now?

How do we have a good video meeting? The answer is the same as for a face-to-face meeting-we need to hear and see well in order to communicate and meet effectively. In terms of videoconferencing, how do we set things up visually to support that goal? This is a challenge on almost every project. For… Read more »