HCAHPS Survey and Acoustics

The main goal of healthcare is to promote healing and recovery for patients. Recent studies have found that a poor acoustic environment can drastically affect the recovery of patients. However, on the most recent HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey result acoustics is one of the lowest scored categories by patients… Read more »

Facility Guidelines Institute Recognizes Importance of Acoustics to Patient Well-being

According to recent research, a poor acoustic environment can negatively affect a patient’s health and recovery.  The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) Guidelines for Design and Construction is a document that architects, consultants, and engineers refer to when designing outpatient facilities and hospitals.  The main goal of the FGI is to keep the patients comfortable and… Read more »

Hospitals and Acoustics

When it comes to the acoustical concerns in hospitals speech privacy is often at the top of the list. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), requires that patient information cannot be disclosed without consent. This includes verbal consultations with doctors.  It is important that a hospital room be designed to maximize the privacy of… Read more »

The Exceptional Communication Experience – It’s More Than Just Technology!

“We help design the full experience” stated Steve Thorburn in a Lessons Learned project wrap-up meeting. The project was for an Investment firm and was a hybrid of project delivery methods: design/build for rooms the owner felt could be cloned and design/bid/build for special spaces. “It is more than the gear in the rack; it… Read more »

Thorburn Associates welcomes principal consultant Maxwell C. Kopsho, CTS-D, CTS-I, CCNA, PMP

Max comes to Thorburn Associates with 28 years of in-depth experience with IT infrastructure, AV systems, computers, computer networks, network security, telecom, videoconferencing and collaborative systems. He has held product development and strategic leadership positions in some of the top manufacturers in the audiovisual and unified communications industries. His vast experience allows him to blend… Read more »

Complimentary Webinar – Urban Acoustics

July 15, 2015 12:00pm – 1pm Central COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR….REGISTER NOW Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit FBPE-approved provider As with any issue of building performance, the acoustics of a mixed-use wood-frame structure can be designed to meet or far exceed minimal requirements. It is the responsibility of the design team to determine… Read more »

Eyes Wide Open

By: Steve Thorburn When I called home this weekend for my weekly chat with Mom, she began telling me about her broken freezer. She said she went to get some tater tots, and noticed everything in the freezer section of the refrigerator had begun to thaw. Any other year, or any other time of the… Read more »

What Will Your Learning Space Look Like in 2018?

By: Steve Thorburn What our learning spaces will look like — and how they will function — in 2018. The building blocks for the future of learning space design are already around us. Exploring five key areas will highlight the challenges our industry must overcome to make that future a reality. But first, one must… Read more »

Wireless Audio Systems

“I just want to stream the audio from my laptop or device to the audio system in the conference room,” was a request during an initial design meeting.  This is another great example of technology in the home now pushing us at work. For a number of years different products have been on the market… Read more »