Audio, video and lighting systems are important in most installations but for Houses of Worship these components can often mean the difference between serving up a sermon that makes an impact and packs a church versus one that leaves parishioners wishing they were somewhere else.
Recently, Design2020, a consulting firm specializing in HOW facilities along with WAVE, a systems integration firm, completed a large scale House of Worship exten-sion of the third facility for North Carolina’s Forest Hill Church. This large nondenominational church had grown & required additional space for Sunday worship services. Taking the church to the people, and serving approximately 1800 families in the area, the Ballantyne expansion for the Forest Hill Church was built as a structural extension of the local Morrison YMCA.
This unique venue provided some interesting challenges as the functionality of the space needed to change from sports & recreation during the week to a weekend worship facility. The expansion which houses two basketball courts, an indoor track and exercise rooms Monday – Friday had to seamlessly convert on Sunday mornings to an 800 seat worship facility. In addition, the sermons, which are recorded off-site on Saturday evenings, are replayed to the worship facility on Sunday mornings. To ensure that the messages were not lost in the playback of the previous night’s recording, providing quality technical support, truly high definition video and audio and impactful lighting became an even more critical design element for the success of the project.
Design2020 clearly understood the importance of the technical equipment and tools that would be used in creating this multi-use worship space. They also realized that importance of properly managed power distribution for the AV and Lighting systems. In addition, monitoring and control of the AC power systems would need to be, reliable, scalable, easily accessible and user friendly to operate on an on-going basis to meet the function changes of the space. Firmly believing in following standards for their designs, Design2020 called for two separate circuit breaker panels, one dedicated to handle the AV equipment and one dedicated for the Lighting.
The AV systems included a Meyer Sound system, multiple (3) video front projection displays and all the audio/video production support equipment (cameras,switchers, etc.) to record and display the high definition playback of the services.Their creative lighting solutions needed to provide movement and dramatic lighting effects on stage and include full stage lighting, moving lights, as well as LED lighting.
THE PRODUCTS & CAPABILITIES
Two LynTec RPC 341 panels were chosen. The AV panel included an isolation transformer which provided a good technical ground for all the audio and video equipment. This panel provided all the necessary circuits with room for expansion if needed in the future.
The second panel supported all of the lighting equipment including stage lighting, moving lights, flown fixtures, LED lighting etc. This was a non-dim lighting panel, providing the needed circuits to support the complete lighting system.
In both panels, the Lyntec solution provided remote monitoring and control capabilities accessible over the local area network (IP based) which was important functionality requested by the client. In fact, remote monitoring was one of the prime reasons for selecting the LynTec panels. Used by the church’s technical director to manage, set programming, configure the system, monitor the incoming voltage and to see the status of each of the breakers, the client log in portal and access to the panels via the web was critical to meeting their performance objectives and Design2020’s design standards.
In operation, the client has access to each and every circuit for the AV and Lighting systems. Practical yes; convenient without a doubt!
Mark Bishop, President of LynTec commented “Design2020 is one of those progressive design and engineering firms that understand the value of setting standards to ensure that clients are always pleased with the results.”
For this project and for all of their project work, Design2020 specifies two separate circuit breaker panels. They work closely with the specifying Electrical Engineers to provide them with detailed specifications on how the AV and Lighting panels are to be circuited. In this manner, the Electrical Engineer knows precisely how much power is required for each panel, how the panels are to be circuited and configured and where the isolation transformer is required.
In this instance, clients like Forest Hill Church rely on Design2020 to ensure best practices and standards are met particularly when it comes to AC power distribution. Says Justin Hames, Design Engineer at Design2020, “The Lyntec panels and isolation transformer were well suited for this project. We’ve used these previously on other project with similar success.” “There product provides a clean and efficient solution from a control and connectivity stand point.”
LynTec’s benefits include fewer panels, one control platform and easy controls by contact closure as well as strong customer service and support. Designers and clients are always appreciative. And in the case of HOW design, they may even be singing their praises.
THE VALUE ADD
In today’s world, our sensitivities are bombarded with visual and audio experiences every day. We are programmed for multi-tasking and are continually asked to shift attention and focus. From the games our children play, to the movies we watch and the special effects that we see, we are inundated with powerful graphic and auditory messages from people that are trying to get and maintain our attention.
In addition, cell phones, iPads, iPods, Androids and other applications provide us with mobile solutions and content that we can access 24 / 7, 365. The House of Worship market sees these innovations as another resource and tool with which to reach congregants and to provide outreach to potential newcomers.
Justin says, “As a whole, many churches are deciding not to spend all of their financial resources on buildings and instead are considering portable or multi-use buildings and putting their money in technology to create greater spiritual impact and expand their reach into our communities.”
By embracing technology, part of this “mass” appeal will always fall on the people that design and set the stage for audio, video and lighting in HOW. These engineers rely on proper circuitry, power and controls to manage and monitor the technical tools and resources the utilize as part of their designs and LynTec is a proud product partner in these designs.
This paper was developed based on an interview with Justin Hames, Design Engineer for Design2020, an award winning engineering and design firm located in Harrisburg, North Carolina. Justin shares his insights on setting standards for lighting and power controls and their application in Houses of Worship design.
Design2020 is an award winning engineering and design consulting firm located in Harrisburg, North Carolina.
Their secret formula is found in the intersection of math and emotion for every project, and embodies the partnership of Paul Henderson and Armando Fullwood, founders of the firm. Together, they have connected a boutique team of skilled professionals that base success on performance and are the proud winners of four Solomon Awards for Best Design Projects.
With over 90% of their business focused on worship facilities, their secret formula blends math and emotion in every project and creates a blissful balance between aesthetics and performance in HOW design. Says Design2020’s Design Engineer, Justin Hames, “Our mission is to create state of the art acoustics, audio, video, lighting and media technology designs for clients who have a passion to proclaim the gospel in a traditional presentation.”
ABOUT JUSTIN HAMES
Design Engineer, Justin Hames, is an electrical engineer from Clemson University with 15 years experience in A / V/ L and high definition broadcast design. He sees a bright future for House of Worship design that embraces flexible spaces and mobile opportunities in addition to traditional brick and mortar designs. Justin is proud to be part of a company that creates incredible environments that communicate the heart and passions of the clients they serve.