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 »

The State Of Themed Entertainment

By: Steve Thorburn School has started back up for the Fall, and the themed entertainment conference time has begun. The middle of September found us in Birmingham, England for the International Leisure Industry Week (LIW). The end of September found us in Maastricht, The Netherlands for TiLE and the third week in November will find… Read more »

Technology Master Plan

We are seeing increasing interest among University campuses to develop master plans for their technology classrooms. For example, North Carolina State University established a Classroom Standards document some time ago but needed assistance formalizing a set of general guidelines into a standard set of drawings and specifications that could be provided to prospective architects or… Read more »

Technology in Universities

The use of audiovisual technology within the university setting is finally catching up with the corporate world. As new buildings are funded and older buildings renovated, the learning environment is being enhanced though the use of technology. Technology is no longer limited to large rooms; smaller recitation rooms are now being fitted out. Distance learning… Read more »

Designing Lecterns to Accommodate Today’s Technology

The layout of “technology lecterns” is always an issue. The challenge is most every user has a different opinion! Grouping requirements to create a lectern that satisfies the most users is no easy task, but there are fundamental questions that should always be considered including: Size: How large should the lectern be to accommodate the… Read more »

Why STC Doesn’t Tell You Everything

The sound isolating properties of wall and floor/ceiling assemblies are often presented using a single number rating system, the Sound Transmission Class (STC). The STC rating of a partition is determined by following an ASTM Standard which compares the sound transmission loss from 125 Hz to 4000 Hz at the 1/3-octave band center frequencies to… Read more »