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 »

DWF Composer by Autodesk

Our office has been on the lookout for “red-lining” software for years – looking for something that will work. DWF Composer, by Autodesk may be the solution, or at least a partial solution. For our readers that are not part of the Design Industry, “redlining” or “mark-up” is the term commonly used within the design… Read more »

Baylor University – Southwest Securities Financial Markets Center

Baylor University officially dedicated the Southwest Securities Financial Markets Center, a world-class investment facility in the Hankamer School of Business, during a ceremony January 12 on the Baylor campus. Baylor’s newest classroom is a remodeled space in the Hankamer School of Business building. The Center is the brainchild of Dr. Terry Maness, dean of the… Read more »

Paradise Park Wins Best FEC (Family Entertainment Center) Award

Way to go Team! Designed and Produced by White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group, Randy White Architect: Finkle/Williams, David Williams Acoustical Engineer: Thorburn Associates, Steve, Tyler and Katherina Paradise Park in Kansas City, Missouri, the family entertainment and children’s edutainment center wins the Golden Token Award as the best new/renovated family entertainment center by the… Read more »

Variable Acoustics

Modern halls and churches come in all shapes and sizes, and the push for these spaces to be multipurpose spaces creates acoustical challenges. From music requiring long reverberation times, to dramatic performances that require greater articulation and ambient warmth, a venue must often accommodate performances with conflicting acoustical requirements such as music versus drama. The… Read more »

Laminated Glass on Steroids

Sekisui, a Japanese firm, has come up with a new way to improve the acoustical performance of laminated glass which is often used to reduce noise transfer from space to space when vision is desired. The inner layer of the lamination or the PVB (Polyvinyl Butyral) layer was found as a location to improve the… Read more »

Way to Go Team – Cesar E. Chavez Education Center Wins!

And the “Savings By Design Energy Efficiency Integration Award” goes to:  Cesar E. Chavez Education Center, Oakland, California Architect: VBN Architects Electrical Engineering: Pete O. Lapid & Associates, Inc. Mechanical Engineering: Raymond Brooks Engineers, Inc. Acoustical Engineering: Thorburn Associates Inc. Owner: Oakland Unified School District In Oakland’s densely populated Fruitvale/San Antonio area, the design of… Read more »

Historical Temple Goes Retail

When built in 1912, the Moorish-style Medinah Temple was a meeting place for the Shrine of North America. After a 21st century, multi-million dollar restoration and renovation, the historic building at 600 N. Wabash Ave., in Chicago’s River North area, looks much the same as the City’s natives remember. It blends the original Arabian –… Read more »

Restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

In response to the needs of the expanding Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Tennessee, Williamson Pounders Architects (WPA) also of Memphis, selected Thorburn Associates to assist with the acoustical and audio system design for the restoration of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The restoration brought the cathedral into full conformance with contemporary Catholic liturgical standards…. Read more »