Product Review: Sanyo Short Focus Projector

The latest short-focus projector from Sanyo (PLC-WL2500) combines the limited maintenance features of their traditional models with the benefits of a short-focus projector. An 80-inch wide projection is possible with a mounting position only 34 inches from the screen. This allows the projector to be placed on a desk or be mounted on the ceiling… 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 »

Focus on Acoustics: Trees as Sound Barriers

When we work on a project to mitigate the impact of an environmental noise source (such as a nearby highway or outdoor cooling tower) on a residence or outside use space (such as a playground), someone always asks about putting in a line of trees or shrubs to lessen the offending noise. While there is… 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 »

Product Review: RP Visuals ULTRAFLEX Screen

We came across a new product from RP Visuals (www.rpvisuals.com) that may be the answer to your screen problems. The bendable ULTRAFLEX projection screen ships in a cylinder as small as 40-inches in diameter. Once on-site, it is unrolled, tensioned and installed. The largest installed size available is 96-inches high x 300-inches long. The small… 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 »

Focus on Acoustics: Keeping Bowling Alley Noise in the Gutter

Modern bowling alleys have transitioned from the stale, smoky lounges of decades past to family entertainment centers that offer a variety of activities. Frequently, bowling alleys are now part of larger buildings such as shopping malls and even mixed-use developments that include residences. This shift has brought with it a host of noise and vibration… Read more »

Product Review: LED 2 by 2 Ceiling Grid Lighting Fixture

LED products finally getting practical! Known for their flashy color changing abilities, manufacturers are bringing LED products to the everyday world. Lunera Lighting (lunera.com) has introduced a 2 x 2 lay-in grid fixture that is only 1.25 inches thick (avoids those fights with HVAC systems), is dimmable, and has a five year warranty … and… Read more »