Electronic Security 101

September 17, 2021   
What You Need to Know About Electronic Security We’re often asked to design security systems for our clients. However, the term “security system” can be deceptive. Today, most organizations, facilities, and communities rely on multiple interconnected systems for their security

Thorburn Associates Announces New Managing Principal

August 12, 2021   
Thorburn Associates (TA) is excited to formally announce the transition of Kalen Larson (LinkedIn) into the role of Managing Principal. Kalen moves into the role previously held by Lisa Thorburn, Founding Principal of TA almost 30 years ago. Lisa said

That Darn Train!

July 29, 2021   
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,

The Benefits of PoE Lighting

June 30, 2021   
To PoE, or not to PoE, that is the question! If the great English playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare were alive today, we’re sure this would be his question! So, what does PoE mean, and how does PoE relate

Glass Walls: Fact versus Fiction

May 25, 2021   
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

Recent Design Trends for AV Systems

May 6, 2021   
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

Happy April Fool’s Day!

April 1, 2021   
Happy Anniversary TA! 29 years ago, we sent out an April Fool’s Day fax stating, “It’s No Joke – Thorburn Associates is Launched!” Since then, we’ve: It’s certainly been an E-ticket ride!  Thank you to our clients, friends, employees, manufacturers,

Sound Quality and Its Impact on Design

September 11, 2020   
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

E-news September 2020

September 11, 2020   
Project Highlight Asheville Art Museum Expansion and Renovation Established in 1948, the Asheville Art Museum is the third oldest art museum in North Carolina. At the beginning of this century the museum recognized a need for more space, and for

The Community – Placemaking in a Post-Pandemic World

May 11, 2020   
TA partnered with Cline Design and other industry peers to look into the future of design, discussing how they might provide solutions that address the current pandemic and other crisis situations. A summary of the article taken from The Community