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That Darn Train!

Designing for Residential and Hotel Uses in Noisy Locations What do thrifty investors, industrial reuse, and affordable housing have in common? Railroads! Ok, perhaps not railroads themselves, but certainly proximity to active rail lines. Recently, we’ve seen projects from California, North Carolina, Florida, and Washington all located adjacent to active rail lines. As demand rises,… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »