Glass Walls: Fact versus Fiction

It’s a classic scene from movies and TV: two characters stand in an all-glass office or conference room yelling at each other, while the rest of the cast sit outside watching and asking each other what they think is being said, with no trace of sound escaping from the glass box. If you have watched… Read more »

Recent Design Trends for AV Systems

We were recently contacted by a friend who is the Chief Technology Officer for a large hospital. He became involved with a major renovation project on his main campus. Having been involved with the Design/Bid/Build process many times before, he was caught off guard when his project team told him the AV in the huddle… Read more »

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Happy April Fool’s Day! Happy Anniversary TA!   29 years ago, Steve and I sent out an April Fool’s Day fax stating, “It’s No Joke – Thorburn Associates is Launched!” Since then, we’ve: Opened five offices across the United States: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orlando, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham Teamed with exceptional clients on over 3,500… Read more »

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 »