Sound Quality and Its Impact on Design

Many people used to judge the “quality” of a new car by the sound generated when the door was closed.  A smooth, solid “ca-thunk” was a sign of a well-built automobile, while inferior vehicles were identifiable by a hollow or “tinny” sounding door close.  While this may sound silly, it does reflect an important aspect… Read more »

Can you hear me now?

As I draft this note we continue to shelter at home and are continuing to see an increase in virtual meetings. I cannot begin to imagine how we would have conducted this work even two years ago. Changes in technology and the adaption of new systems have certainly facilitated this new normal! As a follow up of… Read more »

Western Carolina University – Brown Hall

This project renovated and expanded the 2-story, 1950’s era Brown Building on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee, NC. The ground floor houses the convenience store, which captures students converging down the hill to classes throughout the day. The second level houses offices for Campus Services, Residential Life and Community Ethics. The top floor… Read more »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 2015-2016

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 2015: Investment Firm, Durham, North Carolina. This 4,000 sq ft. renovation of an existing space connects two buildings in order to provide a multipurpose room which is used for presentations, performances, all hands meeting, and lectures with video… Read more »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 2013-2014

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years!   2013: Gene Snyder US Courthouse Lightwell Courtroom Expansion, Louisville, Kentucky. This six-floor building served as a Post Office, Court House and Custom House and is an excellent example of Classical Revival architecture originally built in 1932. TA… Read more »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 2010-2012

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 2010: Polynesian Cultural Center – Gateway Restaurant, Laie, Hawaii. The existing 140 ft x 250 ft.  space was renovated into a semi-outdoor dining experience, complete with stage and audio system. Murals were printed on acoustically transparent fabric to… Read more »