Fort Smith AR

GRAND AVENUE BAPTIST

When it was time for a complete renovation of the sanctuary at Grand Avenue Baptist, Paragon 360 got the call.

Project Type

  • Houses of Worship 500+

Services

  • Audio
  • Scenic Elements
  • Seating
  • Video
  • Lighting
  • Interior Design
  • Acoustics
  • Rigging
  • Staging

Location

  • Fort Smith, AR

September 18, 2011 marked the grand re-opening of the Grand Avenue Baptist Church sanctuary on the churches 77th birthday. A special audience was on hand that included politicians from Ft. Smith, Arkansas, to Washington DC for the re-dedication of this space. "We were thrilled with the opportunity to bring our 30 year old worship center up to the standards of today's technology” states Pastor Jeff Crawford. “But more importantly we felt it was imperative that we bring it up to God's standards. Paragon 360 was the key to achieving those standards.”

The project would certainly involve new audio, video and lighting systems but would also entail much more. The Pastor at the time, Jeff Crawford, desired to completely change the experience in the space from a very traditional, 1980’s feel to something much more bold and modern. The church eventually selected Paragon 360 for the full-scale renovation project due to their ability to bring much more than audio, video and lighting to the table but also for their ability to manage the project, turn-key from start to finish.

Paragon 360 was responsible for the complete re-design of the space which included a new modular stage, new audio systems, video, lighting, custom motorized rigging, house-lighting including the custom fabrication of (10) new chandeliers, acoustic treatment, design and construction of a new two level control booth and re-designed portable seating.

"We talked to other companies, but Paragon ultimately won simply because they were just the best at what we needed to do.”

Audio, Video & Lighting Systems

The audio system includes a new Avid Profile mixing system, along with Sennheiser 2000-series wireless microphones and IEM. One of the main requests from the church staff was too showcase the church's choir. Neumann TLM102 microphones were chosen for use in the choir with incredible results. The Tannoy speaker system includes VQ100 speakers for the main floor coverage and augmented with V-series for delays and under-balcony. Four of their dual-18” subwoofers were mounted together at the center of the sanctuary. Other upgrades included new processing and amplifiers from Electrovoice as well as all new cabling and Ace Backstage floor pockets.

The video system was designed with flexible architecture in mind. The installed system provides a brilliant video experience capable of delivering today’s demanding high impact graphics. The system includes two HD Dalite projection screens built into our custom stage set as well as two 10K Christie projectors. Plasma screens mounted on the balcony face and stage floor give complete monitoring ability to the pastor, choir, and praise team. The system provides a presentation matrix switching system by Analog Way which allows for various sources to be sent to the main screens and to the monitoring displays such as DVD players, computers, live video, or other sources. In addition to presentation graphics switching capabilities, a solid multi-camera production package for the church was designed to capture the worship experience with multiple cameras.

The lighting system was designed leaving the house dimming system in place and adding additional dimming. Multiple lighting locations were created within the room with new circuit distribution throughout. The new lighting positions included (2) motorized trusses over the stage area that provided backlight that could be lowered for focus and maintenance. Over (95) new ETC fixtures were provided for stage lights in addition to (100) ETC Source Four Pars for house-lighting. (10) Chauvet 360Z wash units provided a moving light wash for the stage area. The elaborate stage sets were illuminated with over (40) Chauvet batten 72 units and (3) Chauvet Sparklite LED drapes. The lighting system is driven by a High End Road Hog Console.

More than Audio, Video & Lighting

Acoustics played a pivotal role in the sound of the room. Upon initial investigation, it was clear that the room had some undeniable acoustical flaws. Paragon 360 designed the acoustic treatment to tackle pronounced high frequency flutter reflections that were gathering at the center downstage position and to control the overall tone of the room. Customized treatment was added to the side walls and balcony face as well as upper balcony back wall to eliminate direct reflections by diffusing as well as absorbing certain frequencies at the same time. This allowed the room to seem live, yet be very controlled and eliminate annoying flutter echoes and standing waves. The panels were custom built by Paragon 360 to work in unison with the look and feel of the room.

One of the most stunning elements of the space are the custom built 35’ illuminated towers that house a versatile motorized scenic batten in addition to two smaller towers that hold the video screens. The stage is built completely from Paragon’s custom signature modular cube system allowing complete flexibility. This stage allows them to re-arrange the platform anytime, relocate floor pockets, HVAC vents and cable port holes. The set is capped off with (10) custom chandeliers that contain house-lighting and a center decorative tube with LED interior lighting that allows the stage set look to be carried out into the room.

"Paragon 360 exemplifies true Christian sensitivity, character, and faithfulness to Gospel call. While they are a Christian business we are hard pressed not to view them as a Christian ministry to churches in the 21st century.”