Focus on Lighting: The Importance of Color

Lighting is often the forgotten design element. Though its effects are powerful, the medium itself is rather intangible. Because lighting can drastically affect atmosphere, and since it generally flies in under most people’s conscious radar, good lighting is an economical and easy way to change and transform the atmosphere of a facility. Understanding color is… Read more »

Project Profile: NCCU Pearson Cafeteria and Teaching Kitchen

The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Pearson Cafeteria Renovation and Expansion project includes a modern cafeteria with a seating capacity of 1,750 students, dining facilities for staff and various conference rooms. Since the project’s inception in 2003, the project budget grew from $1.3 million to $13 million while the square footage increased from 27,000 sq…. Read more »

Project Profile: The Littoral Warfare Training Center Briefing Room

The Littoral Warfare Training Center Briefing Room at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is undergoing a comprehensive architectural modernization, replacement of the mechanical systems, and an update of the audiovisual technology. The facility is primarily used to train military personnel on coastal landing and combat tactics. The Briefing Room is a large tiered classroom that… Read more »

Project Profile: California Science Center

Patrick Gallegos of Gallegos Lighting, now a Thorburn Associates Studio, unveiled his most recent project at the California Science Center on March 25. The museum’s new wing, called Ecosystems, surrounds guests with the sensations of each Ecosystem environment, eliciting an appreciation for different environments on Earth and how humans interact with them. Nearly ten years… Read more »

Project Profile: USF Joint Military/ROTC Building

Thorburn Associates was honored to be on the team for the University of South Florida’s most technologically advanced educational facility, located in Tampa. TA was engaged by USF to design the audiovisual systems for this state-of-the-art facility. The building’s five classrooms and three lecture halls are set up for videoconferencing, distance learning and webcasting. As… Read more »

Focus on Acoustics: Containing Fan and Duct Noise

During a recent tour of an existing campus, we were shown a classroom that was in the process of having a complete, bells-and-whistles audiovisual package installed to support a distance learning program. However, our project meeting quickly took an unscheduled detour when we noticed an acoustical issue with the space. The issue was you needed… 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 »

Product Review: Fabric Duct

Fabric duct products, such as DuctSox, are often specified nowadays as a lower cost alternative to traditional metal ductwork for large spaces – such as gymnasiums, cafeterias, and convention halls – where large volumes of air need to be evenly distributed throughout. Manufacturers of fabric ductwork tout its many benefits: low installed cost, low maintenance,… Read more »