Thorburn Associates and Gallegos Lighting announce a new strategic partnership

Thorburn/Gallegos alliance expands range of architectural design services to facility developers in health care, leisure, retail, government, museums and worship

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. USA, 03 Feb 2010 – Thorburn Associates (TA) and Gallegos Lighting (GL) announced joining forces to offer an expanded range of specialty architectural design services. Both companies bring considerable experience and resources to the alliance. Thorburn Associates is a leading provider of acoustical design, audiovisual design and technical systems design, founded by Lisa Thorburn and Steve Thorburn in 1992. Gallegos Lighting is a top design/production firm established by Pat Gallegos in 1983. The Thorburn/Gallegos partnership will serve architects and developers creating facilities, compelling places and experiences for a variety of markets including education, health care, leisure and entertainment, museums, worship, government, restaurants, retail, and high-end residential.

“We welcome Pat Gallegos and the Gallegos Lighting team to Thorburn Associates,” says Steve Thorburn, founder and principal of TA. “Having an accomplished, reputable and versatile lighting designer on our team complements our existing line of services and the needs of our clients. Thorburn Associates has been looking for some time to expand its services in this direction. Pat's firm is an ideal fit, bringing some 30 years of experience, ability, industry connections and a strong work ethic.”

Pat Gallegos, founder and principal at Gallegos Lighting, states, “I am very pleased to partner with a company of the caliber of Thorburn Associates. There is real synergy between us and our range of disciplines. My new partners understand the value of top level design, and they appreciate the unique technical and aesthetic intricacies of working with a project director to create a space using the amorphous qualities of light. What it boils down to is both firms are passionate about doing quality designs and helping our clients create successful projects.”

Pat Gallegos and Steve Thorburn are both active in the leadership of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Gallegos is a past president of TEA, and Thorburn is sitting president.

Gallegos Lighting clients have included: Walt Disney Imagineering, Busch Entertainment, Legoland, Universal Studios, Caesars Palace, Foxwoods Casino, Penn National/Argosy Resorts, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Gaylord Hotels, Peabody Hotel, Amgen, and Intel.

Thorburn Associates and Gallegos Lighting will operate from existing offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Raleigh Durham, NC while also expanding to Orlando and Santa Fe.

About Thorburn Associates Inc.

Thorburn Associates Inc. is a professional service firm providing technology consulting, system design, acoustical engineering and lighting design for the public, commercial, corporate, leisure, residential and retail sectors, and for houses of worship. Thorburn Associates works in both new construction and renovations, as an independent consulting firm offering unbiased designs to improve communication and fully realize the functionality of all projects.

Headquartered in Castro Valley, California, with regional offices in Los Angeles and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, Thorburn Associates has been recognized as one of the leading firms in the business of technology and acoustical engineering. In the course of 18 years in business, the company's projects have received multiple awards, from the International Communications Industry Association (ICIA-InfoComm), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Thorburn Associates principal Steven J. Thorburn, PE, LEED AP, Associate AIA is sitting president of TEA. Visit www.ta-inc.com.

More information:

Lisa Thorburn, Thorburn Associates

510-886-7826, lat@ta-inc.com

Patrick Gallegos, Gallegos Lighting

818-535-1180, pgallegos@gallegoslighting.com

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