Thorson Baker + Associates - Consulting Engineers

Wealth of Knowledge and Experience

Designing over 100 projects in a variety of markets has developed the knowledge base that helps TBA continue to be successful time and time again on many different types of projects. We have been able to capture great design concepts from one market and transform and use those concepts in others. Our technology group addresses the unique requirements of each project with a design customized to meet the client’s project-specific requirements.

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Well Detailed & Coordinated Documents

Interdisciplinary coordination is a way of life at TBA. TBA has developed a structured design process initiated at the beginning of design, which incorporates Principal involvement throughout the design process. The result is a successful project utilizing cost effective and appropriate technology systems in conjunction with well coordinated documents.

We use master base details customized for each project in conjunction with all the unique details required to provide a consistency of design from project to project.

Custom design programs have been developed to assist our engineers in implementing efficient and accurate designs for your project. The utilization of design guidelines and checklists coupled with a thorough document review is completed on all projects. BIM is also a great design tool utilized to enhance coordination within our disciplines and with the other design consultants. Communication is continually stressed as key to a successful project, from project inception through construction.

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Ability to Meet Schedules

TBA continues to meet aggressive schedules on past and current projects including both design/build and design/assist project delivery methods.

Project schedules are tracked through a master spreadsheet, which is reviewed each week to ensure each project is staffed properly for the challenging schedules TBA meets on a daily basis. We monitor our design backlog weekly, estimating future projections so that we can grow our staff at a pace necessary to meet schedules with well designed and coordinated documents.

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Technology System Selection

Our Designers provide technology system options for projects at an early stage. Most projects have several viable technology systems that meet the performance criteria, schedule, and cost the owner is trying to achieve. TBA presents these options to the client and owner explaining the benefits and cost of each system to assist the owner in the selection of the appropriate system best suited for their project.

Selection of the appropriate system is dependent on the desired level of sophistication, technical knowledge of the end user, support capabilities of the staff, system flexibility and emerging technologies. Communication with the client as well as the wealth of experience TBA has to offer provides the tools necessary to select the appropriate technology systems for each unique project and owner.

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Cost Savings & Economical Design

TBA investigates early in the project the cost of the various technology systems under consideration for that project. We explore system options, manufacturer quality, flexibility, expandability and product performance. Our experience in hundreds of building projects provides the basis for development and selection of an economical system with the desired level of sophistication for the building and owner.

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Collaboration & Communication with Owners, Clients & Consultants

Communication is the key to a successful project. There are many questions to be asked and answered thought the building design process. We are proactive, asking insightful questions to obtain the information needed to identify the client’s key design criteria. Is there future expansion? What flexibility is the owner looking for with regards to emerging technologies? What is the level of system sophistication desired? Let us help you discover options and answer your questions on your journey towards a successful project.

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Technology Design Services Offered

  • State of the Art Technology Design
    • Voice and data cabling infrastructure design.
    • CATV, MATV, satellite and/or digital distribution system design.
    • Audio/Visual systems design.
    • Intercom/Paging system design.
    • Access Control system design.
    • Intrusion Detection system design.
    • Video Surveillance (CCTV) system design.
    • Nurse Call system design.
    • Mass/Emergency Notification systems design.
    • Video Conferencing system design.
    • Sound Reinforcement system design.
    • Sound Masking system design.
    • Wireless Access Voice/Data design.
    • Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) design/Cell systems.
  • Historic Preservation/Restoration
  • Building Assessments and Evaluations
  • Preliminary Technology Systems Evaluations
  • Preliminary Opinion of Cost
  • Bidding Phase Assistance
  • Assistance with selection of other Subconsultants

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