Genoa Church in Westerville, Ohio, partnered with Paragon 360 in the construction and design of their new worship center. This rapidly growing congregation had reached the maximum capacity of their multipurpose gymnasium and was ready to create the space and atmosphere that they wanted.
The Paragon 360 team worked with them from the very beginning to assess their needs, define their vision, and specify the technologies that would be necessary to make it all come to life.
The initial needs assessment revealed that Genoa Church wanted to expand its reach to families with young children, and Paragon 360 strategically designed the lobby and children’s spaces in support of this goal.
The spacious sanctuary design included a comprehensive package of lighting, video, broadcast, and audio systems. The fabrication team provided custom-built scenic and stage elements.
Each design decision helped them shift towards a more contemporary service, while still providing the flexibility to feature essential service elements for their blended services, like their fantastic choir.
SPACE FOR A GROWING COMMUNITY
Providing space for their growing congregation to connect was an essential focus of the Genoa Church construction project. Connection space was severely lacking in their previous multi-use facility.
The new lobby has a sprawling footprint, connects both sides of the building, and features a stunning cafe and lounge space. It also connects the worship center and children’s area, making it the central hub for Genoa Church members on Sunday morning.
The lobby serves a central role in the church. The Paragon 360 team designed the lobby to support the interaction of a large number of people.
Acoustical solutions installed throughout are masked as wall art. Custom-fabricated ceiling clouds make the space feel more intimate, and distributed audio creates a consistent atmosphere.
The lobby also functions as a small venue space. A push-button audio system effortlessly allows staff to grab a mic and coordinate volunteers or switch the lobby audio from background music to a live feed from the sanctuary.
The Genoa Cafe is fitted with monitors to display church announcements and the cafe menu, custom-built furniture with integrated power, and ceiling clouds to tie in with the lobby design. The Paragon 360 team also fabricated all of the wall scenic panels that beautifully blend wood and aluminum elements.
A SPACIOUS SANCTUARY FOR A MULTI-GENERATIONAL CONGREGATION
Coming from their multi-functional gym space, the Genoa Church team was ready to create an environment for their worship services. The goals for their new sanctuary included:
* Reaching younger families
* Raising the quality of their streaming services
* Shifting towards a more contemporary service
Working closely with Kerry Buck, worship pastor at Genoa Church, the design team drew up plans for audio, video, lighting, stage, and scenic designs to help them make their Sunday morning service visions a reality.
The audio design included four main areas: front of house, monitoring, broadcast, and lobby.
The front-of-house system included loudspeakers, a mixing console, and microphones for pastors, singers, drums, and the choir.
Central to the design of the loudspeaker system was the height of the ceiling. Without a luxurious amount of height, they knew they would have to choose a loudspeaker system that could provide ample coverage without interfering with sight lines.
In addition, to future-proof their system, they specified a mixing console that had plenty of capacity and could grow with them. They also provided wireless hand-held mics and body packs for the church’s theatrical uses.
Another clear objective for the church was increasing the quality of their streaming services. The design called for a mix of PTZ and operated cameras to minimize the impact on their volunteer requirements.
However, throughout the construction and the corresponding COVID-19 pandemic, Genoa Church decided video was more important than ever to their ministry’s ongoing growth and extension.
To meet this new priority, they adapted their design to include three operated Blackmagic Ursa Broadcast cameras and a hand-held camera for dynamic coverage – all with networked control. Their final video system can support seven cameras.
In addition to the seven-camera video system, the team delivered and installed four projectors and 28 TVs with distributed video supported with four-channel modulations.
To help Genoa Church reach their goal of more contemporary services, the lighting team designed a complete DMX system with motorized rigging and enough power to bring in concerts and other large outside productions.
The final lighting system provides the Genoa team with an accessible way to create dynamic queues for Sunday morning services and theatrical productions.
Full-color LED house lights create an immersive experience for the audience, and lit scenic elements add texture to every service aspect. The AVL networking equipment is contained in three centrally located racks, making servicing and maintenance a breeze.
“It has been a true joy working with Paragon 360,” said Buck. “Not only is the sound incredible, but we have a beautiful facility where we can have creative services that make people feel at home.”
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