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Sound Quality and Its Impact on Design

Many people used to judge the “quality” of a new car by the sound generated when the door was closed.  A smooth, solid “ca-thunk” was a sign of a well-built automobile, while inferior vehicles were identifiable by a hollow or “tinny” sounding door close.  While this may sound silly, it does reflect an important aspect… Read more »

Western Carolina University – Brown Hall

This project renovated and expanded the 2-story, 1950’s era Brown Building on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee, NC. The ground floor houses the convenience store, which captures students converging down the hill to classes throughout the day. The second level houses offices for Campus Services, Residential Life and Community Ethics. The top floor… Read more »

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! 2010-2012

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 2010: Polynesian Cultural Center – Gateway Restaurant, Laie, Hawaii. The existing 140 ft x 250 ft.  space was renovated into a semi-outdoor dining experience, complete with stage and audio system. Murals were printed on acoustically transparent fabric to… 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 »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 2004-2006

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 2004: Baylor University, Southwest Securities Financial Markets Center, Waco, Texas. The University needed to create a learning space with a boardroom like atmosphere while main- taining the functionality of a classroom. With no clear vision on how to… Read more »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 2001-2003

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 2001: Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and Offices, Santa Clara, California.  Phased construction of this three building replacement project included a hospital, medical office building, helipad, and central parking area. TA provided full acoustical design including an environmental review… Read more »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 1998-2000

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 1998: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California. The renovated 299-seat auditorium, used for interactive educational shows, incorporates live undersea video, special effects, surround sound, and audience response. A programmable control system runs the multiple sources including video, satellite feeds,… Read more »