THROUGH THE YEARS…Celebrating 25 Years of Design Excellence!


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


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1992: On Lok Larkin Senior Housing, San Francisco, California. TA provided analysis and recommendations to control traffic and HVAC noise impacting a 30+ unit senior housing and community center building which overlooks a busy SF intersection. The facility includes dental and hospital services for the residents.


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1993: Chiryu Street Scene, Chiryu, Japan. Concept development and design of a multi-media presentation system which integrates the lobby of three special effects theaters into a large nighttime entertainment venue. System design included computer interface to a SGI generator, 3 camera video production systems, 5×5-screen video wall, 7 laserdiscs, SVHS, 2 cable tuners, background audio, and stage production/public announcement system. The system design was the basis of a new themed destination/cinema attraction located in various malls and shopping complexes throughout the world. Finally we spent a week on site commissioning and testing the systems.


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1994: Lombard Street – Private Residence, San Francisco, California.
Sound levels were measured during the tourist season for a private residence on Lombard Street to document the isolation provided by the front porch fa├žade. This was followed up with recommendations for isolating the interior of the home from noise made by late night tourist visits as they continued their party activities down the street.