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In the Zone

You may not know that Thorburn Associates also designs presentation lighting. Lighting is essential to the success of a facility. Lighting, like sound, creates its own ambience and either blends harmoniously while providing needed support or literally stands out like a glaring beacon, distracting from the intended mood as well as interfering with presentations and… Read more »

Students to Have Access to New Technology for Film, Music and Dance

The Performing Arts Facility on the De Anza Community College campus in San Jose, CA is under construction. The building is designed as a multi-use facility serving as classroom space, an auditorium, exhibition area and lobby. Established in 1967, De Anza Community College currently serves approximately 22,000 students. The 112-acre campus includes an Olympic aquatics… Read more »

Travel Advisory for Sound

Sound travels on vibrating air molecules. To reduce the sound that is transmitted from room to room, Acoustical Consultants often specify resilient assemblies. These assemblies are placed inside the wall or ceiling–attached to the building frame–to reduce sound vibrations. There are three different assembly systems: the rubber bushing, the channel and the acoustically resilient metal… Read more »

City Of Galt Police Department

Galt’s first police department was formed when the City incorporated in 1946. After several moves, the department’s newest facility fills over 21,500 square feet. The City of Galt’s Police Department facility is newly constructed, but the building was actually in use for over a year before Thorburn Associates began work. The retrofitting process required the… Read more »

Autodesk DWF Composer

We wrote about the Autodesk DWF Composer in a previous blog post and promised to follow up with our thoughts about the benefits of the program. We have been using DWF Composer for the past year; although not to its fullest potential. Composer allows our designers, engineers and drafts-persons a means of communicating design information,… Read more »

Take a Walk on the Wild Side- North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Wildlife Education Center

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission moved into their new building this past September. The 5-story structure on the University of North Carolina campus in Raleigh brings together previously scattered Commission departments. Amid the usual offices and administrative areas is a highly technical Wildlife Education Center with the ability to broadcast classes statewide. On two… Read more »

The Plaza Apartments – Low Income doesn’t mean Low Design Standard

The Plaza Apartments, located in San Francisco, CA has sharp lines and a colorful facade that boasts solar panels, recycled building materials, bamboo floors, paneling made with recycled wood products and plenty of natural light and ventilation. Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Paulett Taggart Architects, the $22 million building has 106 small studios… Read more »

Tracking Cameras – Push to Talk AND be Seen

We see lots of innovative uses of technology but one big area is in Distance Learning applications. Thorburn Associates recently completed a project for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy that pushes the envelope for instructor-student interactions in distance learning environments. Traditionally distance learning rooms have required dedicated staff to… Read more »

Conference Highlights: AIA Virginia, Design-Build, IAAPA

AIA Virginia: As part of our continuing commitment to support the architectural industry, Thorburn Associates presented a 2-hour session “Understanding Acoustics: What to Look for During a Design and Construction Site Visit” at the 17th annual Architecture Exchange East, held in Richmond, VA, November 2-4. With standing room only, this session helped attendees understand the… Read more »