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 »

“I Didn’t Know You Did That”

If we just had a nickel for every time we hear “I didn’t know you did that!”… Most recently, a very good client was sharing an elevator ride with us and mentioned he needed someone to do an audiovisual system design. He has used us frequently for acoustics, but never realized we also did AV!… Read more »

Riverside County Boardroom Replacement Project

Due to the explosive growth of the county of Riverside a larger County Building was required to support the needs of the county taxpayers. Part of the new County Building included a new County Boardroom. The new Boardroom functions were, in part, dictated by the existing 7 Member Board Dais, which needed to be translated… Read more »

UNCA Highsmith Student Center

University of North Carolina – Asheville, Highsmith Student Center, Asheville, NC Architect: Lee Nichols Clark Patterson Located in Asheville, NC is the new 73,920 square foot Student Center for the University of North Carolina – Asheville. The project is a renovation and expansion of the old student center originally built in the early 1980s. The… Read more »

Classroom Acoustics

More than three-quarters of the teachers in a recent poll gave the acoustics in their classrooms a failing grade. The problem is most commonly a “signal to noise” ratio issue, which results in poor speech intelligibility. In general terms – the room is too noisy and it takes a long time for sound to decay… Read more »

Retail Design

Themed Retail is a balance between saturation of exposure to audio and video stimuli in “teen” departments versus the peace and serenity of high-end jewelry/perfume departments. Far too often, the energetic, loud, vibrant, environment in a young teenager/juniors environment is immediately adjacent to the sensual atmosphere found in the perfume/jewelry zones of a store. The… Read more »