Project Profile: Research Triangle Institute

Thorburn Associates was pleased to work with Research Triangle Institute (RTI) on their Building 8 Auditorium. Approximately 200 seats, the project was built by Duke Construction. TA provided both audiovisual and acoustical consulting for this user-friendly meeting and briefing space. Like many large companies, RTI has knowledgeable staff to design and maintain audiovisual equipment throughout… Read more »

Product Review: Desktop Visualizer VZ-9plus3

Before PowerPoint, there was the overhead projector, and you may well remember its use in the classroom when you were growing up. Whatever happened to the overhead projector? It grew up and became the WolfVision Visualizer. This straightforward, user-friendly presentation tool still has its place in learning and teaching, and WolfVision keeps making it better…. Read more »

Project Profile: USF Joint Military/ROTC Building

Thorburn Associates was honored to be on the team for the University of South Florida’s most technologically advanced educational facility, located in Tampa. TA was engaged by USF to design the audiovisual systems for this state-of-the-art facility. The building’s five classrooms and three lecture halls are set up for videoconferencing, distance learning and webcasting. As… Read more »

Focus on Technology: Overhead Microphone Systems

Your ears are really good acoustical measurement tools. Sit in a space alone sometime, clear your mind, and see how many different sounds you can identify. Very often, you will be able to pick out five or six sounds and then your ears will find the background noise level, which covers over the rest. Performing… Read more »

Focus on Acoustics: Containing Fan and Duct Noise

During a recent tour of an existing campus, we were shown a classroom that was in the process of having a complete, bells-and-whistles audiovisual package installed to support a distance learning program. However, our project meeting quickly took an unscheduled detour when we noticed an acoustical issue with the space. The issue was you needed… Read more »

Project Profile: Kern County Emergency Operations Center

Working with BFGC Architects Planners Inc., TA recently provided acoustical and audiovisual consulting services for the new County of Kern Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located in Bakersfield, CA. This standalone facility, nearly 7,000 square feet in size, is designed to be the command center for County operations during a disaster/emergency situation, and when not operating… Read more »

Product Review: Fabric Duct

Fabric duct products, such as DuctSox, are often specified nowadays as a lower cost alternative to traditional metal ductwork for large spaces – such as gymnasiums, cafeterias, and convention halls – where large volumes of air need to be evenly distributed throughout. Manufacturers of fabric ductwork tout its many benefits: low installed cost, low maintenance,… Read more »

Focus on Acoustics: LEED Conflicts – The Impact Synergies Have on Good Design Practices and Acoustics

Sustainable design and LEED requirements are transforming the building industry. But like any shift in practice, there’s a domino effect. A number of sustainable design options that earn a building IEQ credits (indoor environmental quality) in some respects are at odds with achieving equally important acoustical goals. With creative engineering and an integrated design approach,… Read more »

Product Review: Pyrok

What does the abbreviation “NRC” mean to you? To acousticians it usually means Noise Reduction Coefficient, a single number rating for the absorptive characteristics of a specific material AND mounting condition at four frequencies within the range of speech. It is not, as its name implies, the difference in sound levels between two conditions or… Read more »