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 includes the dining hall, an indoor seating area featuring a large stone fireplace, as well as scenic outdoor seating areas including a rooftop terrace, hillside plaza, a fire pit and a water feature. The dining hall can be used for presentations, performances, and meetings. The large conference room and adjacent medium conference rooms can be used as traditional conference/huddle rooms and as a student body association trial room.

 

Thorburn Associates is proud to have been a part of this award-winning project, providing comprehensive audiovisual design and acoustical consulting services.

Architect: Watson Tate Savory. This project obtained LEED Gold certification and received the 2018 AIA Columbia Merit Award for Adaptive Reuse/Renovation as well as the 2018 AIA Charlotte Architectural Design Citation.

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! 2017

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years!

2017 Raleigh Union Station, Raleigh, NC. TA is proud to have teamed with Clearscapes Architecture and Sigma Engineering to provide A/E design services for the Raleigh Union Station. TA provided acoustical and lighting design for the space. Additionally, we provided the preliminary design for performance audio and lighting systems, to support special functions just like the dignitary opening pictured. During the networking portion of the opening we heard one attendee say: “I can’t believe how great the sound is in this room, with a crowd of this size we can still have a conversation without shouting”.

Thank you for helping us celebrate our success and reminisce on the projects that paved the way to our future. Looking back on all that we have accomplished, we are honored and proud of everyone who contributed to Thorburn Associates’ success over the past 25 years. We will continue to grow and provide innovative solutions and we look forward to the incredible projects that the future will bring.

To see our favorite projects from 2015 – 2016 click HERE

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 2017 Raleigh Union Station, Raleigh, NC. TA is proud to have teamed with Clearscapes Architecture and Sigma Engineering to provide A/E design services for the Raleigh Union Station. TA provided acoustical and lighting design for the space. Additionally,… 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 conferencing capabilities. Our initial review helped the architect determine the best seating layout to maximize the audio and video experience. The acoustical design included recommendations for the HVAC system and finish treatments to control the reverberation. The audio video system was designed for a simple group meeting in automatic mode (no operator) or in full production mode when the space is used to transmit to all offices and branches.


2016: BMC Executive Briefing Center,
Houston, Texas. To meet client needs, the existing 12,000 sq ft. space was remodeled and expanded into an 18,000 sq ft. state-of-the-art executive briefing center. This center blends technology with organic and natural wood elements and features a custom LCD touch panel interactive wall. TA provided acoustical design for sound isolation, speech privacy and HVAC system noise control. Lighting design services involved fixture selection for the lobby, gallery, video conference meeting rooms, cafeteria, briefing rooms and lecture hall. The center shared the floor with the executive suite making sound isolation and noise control vital. The south and west facing facades required careful control of day lighting.

To see our favorite projects from 2013-2014 click HERE

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!

 

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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 provided acoustical consulting services for the 5,800 sf Lightwell Courtroom. The project converted this open air space between two existing Courtrooms into a third Courtroom. With its glass side walls, the design team referred to the nested Courtroom as “The Jewel Box”. The room was designed so that there would not be any elevated sight lines into the Courtroom through the glass windows. By creatively splaying the glass walls, the acoustics were controlled within the Courtroom.

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2014: Albuquerque Library, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 25,000 sf building located in Bernalillo County is a state-of-the-art, full-service library with community meeting spaces, study rooms, and computer access. It has become known for being a comfortable place to browse the collection of books, magazines, music, movies and more. The library also features the 1925 Gustave Baumann murals around the fireplaces. TA’s services included room acoustic, sound isolation, mechanical system noise and vibration control recommendations for the project.

To see our favorite projects from 2010-2012 click HERE

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!

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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 absorb echoes and control reverberation. TA provided acoustical consulting services and HVAC noise control for the huge exhaust fans, required by the tropical environment, which provided a space quiet enough for musical performances.

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2011: UNC Amberly Wellness Center, Cary, North Carolina. The wellness center provides service to members of the community.  Included in the center are fitness rooms, an indoor swimming pool, massage therapy rooms, indoor track, children’s play rooms, and classrooms.  TA provided the audiovisual system design through construction close out. The goal was to provide a low maintenance AV system for audio and video that required minimal staff.

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2012:  Alfond Inn, Winter Park, Florida. The Inn at Rollins College is a Boutique Hotel consisting of 110 rooms supported by a lobby, ballroom, meeting rooms, board room, restaurant, library and conservatory. TA designed room acoustics for the ballroom and meeting spaces, sound isolation for the lobby, bar and restaurant, and review of the noise impact from the rooftop pool system.

To see our favorite projects from 2007-2009 click HERE

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 »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 2007-2009

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years!

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2007: County of Kern Emergency Operations Center, Bakersfield, California. The 7,000 sq ft standalone facility is designed to be the command center for county operations during a disaster/emergency situation. The three principal areas include the emergency operations center, media room/joint information center, and conference room. TA provided audiovisual consulting for the center including computer stations, eight 58″ flat panel displays, projectors, loudspeakers and wireless touch panels.

08428-p-Greenbridge-exterior (1)2008: Greenbridge Mixed-Use Complex, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The ten story, 240,000 sq ft facility has two levels of parking below grade, retail in the first floor and luxury condominiums on the upper floors. TA provided sound isolation and mechanical noise and vibration control services for the facility. The Greenbridge Complex was designed for LEED Gold Level Certification.

DSCF0689 cropped no lines copy2009: Duke Energy Tryon Tower, Charlotte, North Carolina. The 786-foot tall, 48-floor skyscraper is the second tallest building in Charlotte. TA’s services included a review of the room acoustics, sound isolation, and mechanical noise and vibration. We determined which spaces required sound masking and developed the design. the audiovisual design included 17 typical floors, one legal floor, one multi-use floor and the executive office floor.

To see our favorite projects from 2004-2006 click HERE

 

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 2007: County of Kern Emergency Operations Center, Bakersfield, California. The 7,000 sq ft standalone facility is designed to be the command center for county operations during a disaster/emergency situation. The three principal areas include the emergency operations center,… Read more »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 2004-2006

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years!

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2004: Baylor University, Southwest Securities Financial Markets Center, Waco, Texas. The University needed to create a learning space with a boardroom like atmosphere while main- taining the functionality of a classroom. With no clear vision on how to achieve this goal, they turned to TA for help in designing the room and implementing the technology. The center includes: 20 seat conference table equipped with wired microphones,  computer, and network access for each seat; financial ticker display and a tote board to show streaming stock quotes, market data, and custom messaging; and a videoconferencing system.

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2005: DeAnza College, Performing Arts Facility, Cupertino, California. The 20,500 sq ft theater with 400 seats was designed to accommodate lectures, dance and music, cinema and drama,  and to facilitate rapid changeovers from one use to another.  TA provided acoustic and audiovisual consulting for this state-of-the-art project managing to squeeze a significant amount of technology into a very confined space. Obtained LEED Silver.

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2006: Cisco Systems, Building 12, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Renovation of an existing building which has  two labs of approximately 15,000 GSF on the 1st floor. The labs contain CRS racks producing a high noise level. TA provided recommendations for sound isolation from the labs to the adjacent spaces and to the 2nd floor of the building.

To see our favorite projects from 2001-2003 click HERE

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 2004: Baylor University, Southwest Securities Financial Markets Center, Waco, Texas. The University needed to create a learning space with a boardroom like atmosphere while main- taining the functionality of a classroom. With no clear vision on how to… Read more »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 2001-2003

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years!

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2001: Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and Offices, Santa Clara, California.  Phased construction of this three building replacement project included a hospital, medical office building, helipad, and central parking area. TA provided full acoustical design including an environmental review for the helicopter approach path over an adjacent residential area and vibration studies for the MRI suite.

 

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2002: Bartlett Community Theatre, Anchorage, Alaska. This new Performing Arts Wing includes a 400-seat auditorium with full production capabilities and rehearsal rooms for band, choir, orchestra, and dance. TA provided audiovisual system design including music recording and playback for rehearsal rooms and auditorium sound system with plug-and-play capabilities for small productions and full mix capabilities for larger productions.

 

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2003: The Plaza Apartments, San Francisco, California. The result of an innovative public housing program, the Plaza Apartments provides permanent, dignified housing with on-site health and social services for 106 chronically homeless people. TA provided acoustical design including recommendations for exterior window and wall constructions to meet Title 24 sound isolation requirements; preliminary design for sound and impact isolation between units; and acoustical design standards for party wall and floor/ceiling constructions.

To see our favorite projects from 1998-2000 click here.

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 2001: Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and Offices, Santa Clara, California.  Phased construction of this three building replacement project included a hospital, medical office building, helipad, and central parking area. TA provided full acoustical design including an environmental review… Read more »

THROUGH THE YEARS… Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence! 1998-2000

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years!

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1998: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California. The renovated 299-seat auditorium, used for interactive educational shows, incorporates live undersea video, special effects, surround sound, and audience response. A programmable control system runs the multiple sources including video, satellite feeds, laser disc, computer hard drive, and audio/video conferencing as well as lighting systems. TA provided acoustical, audiovisual and show control system design.

 

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1999: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Johnson City, Tennessee. TA assisted with the renovation of this 600-seat liturgical church with a pipe organ by providing recommendations for acoustical finish materials. The goal was to control reverberation and echoes while still providing the desired reverberation times for the sanctuary.

 

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2000: Riverside County Chambers, Riverside, California. Designed as a multi-purpose room, the chambers seat the 7 members of the County Board of Supervisors plus staff and the 35 board members with the Transportation Council. Six pan tilt zoom cameras provide coverage of the meetings. Images can be fed to the local cable system. Each Board and Council position has a local flat panel monitor for viewing of presented images. The audience views this information on two large
projection screens on either side of the room.

To see our favorite projects from 1995-1997 click here.

Thorburn Associates is proud to have worked on a variety of projects throughout our first 25 years! 1998: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California. The renovated 299-seat auditorium, used for interactive educational shows, incorporates live undersea video, special effects, surround sound, and audience response. A programmable control system runs the multiple sources including video, satellite feeds,… Read more »

Project Profile: San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church Recreation Center

San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church Recreation Center (ARC) has been a long time coming. What was anticipated to be a simple addition to the San Ramon Valley Institution, founded in the late 1940’s, when the valley was all ranch land, was bogged down with “Not In My Back Yard” concerns over extra traffic on the narrow original roads of the valley area, new sources of noise, and excessive parking lot light levels. Prior to all of these issues (that were eventually mediated by the lawyers and county committees /commissions and staff) TA was hired to help plan and minimize the impact of the new facility on the neighborhood. As part of this planning we worked with FCGA Architecture and the Church Elders to address the issues. Our initial work on sight showed the noise would not be an impact, i.e. would not raise the sound levels at the neighbors’ lot line.

Through different reviews and submissions, we had to justify our design and recommendations. A little over 4 years after the process started, the sound system was turned up to “11” producing 98 dBA of noise in the Gym. It was barely audible outside at the new privacy fence that was put in place to address car lights. For the second test, the HVAC was so quiet you could not hear it start. In tests, the birds and highway traffic over a half mile away was louder than the amplified sound or the noise from the equipment on the roof.

While not as equitable and amenable as our last posting discussing how we helped a tenant and landlord “meet in the middle” this was still a very successful project for the church and the neighborhood.

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San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church Recreation Center (ARC) has been a long time coming. What was anticipated to be a simple addition to the San Ramon Valley Institution, founded in the late 1940’s, when the valley was all ranch land, was bogged down with “Not In My Back Yard” concerns over extra traffic on… Read more »