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2008 Best House of Worship AV Project

At the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, it wasn't enough that the new 205,000-square-foot house of worship include state-of-the-art AV and live broadcast systems. There had to be something tangible to reinforce the experience of 4,000 weekly attendees.

CEI worked with RCI Sound Systems to deliver a concert-grade sound system, which included a Yamaha DM2000 Digital Audio Mixer.

CEI worked with RCI Sound Systems to deliver a concert-grade sound system, which included a Yamaha DM2000 Digital Audio Mixer.

Credit: Communications Engineering

AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of Glenarden, it wasn't enough that the new 205,000-square-foot house of worship include state-of-the-art AV and live broadcast systems. There had to be something tangible to reinforce the experience of 4,000 weekly attendees.

When Communications Engineering (CEI) was installing the production systems, it also built a duplication center where the church produces DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes. The system can crank out 100 DVDs and 300 CDs within 10 minutes of the conclusion of a church event. “It's exciting and fulfilling to have such state-of-the-art technology,” says Tom Pope, the church's AV director.

In addition to supporting the sanctuary's concert-grade sound system (including Yamaha PM1D digital mixers and QSC CX-2 amplifiers set up by integration partner RCI Sound Systems) and video projection system (a pair of 22-foot 16:9 Draper screens and Digital Projection High-Lite 10000Dsx+ projectors), CEI had to put key production functions at users' fingertips. A custom AMX NetLinx control system and Modero touch panels fit the bill.

First Baptist Church of Glenarden now has a production control room and a dedicated audio production room with voice-over booth and three nonlinear edit suites. Church leaders wanted to make recorded services available immediately after services.

First Baptist Church of Glenarden now has a production control room and a dedicated audio production room with voice-over booth and three nonlinear edit suites. Church leaders wanted to make recorded services available immediately after services.

Credit: Communications Engineering

CEI's Gregg Echols characterizes the church's broadcast flexibility as on-par with many large performance venues, with more than 130 connection panels capable of sending multiple signals to central hubs and distribution points. A bidirectional fiber link connects the church to its ministry center several miles away and gives it access to Verizon's area Audio Visual Operations Center for sending or receiving signals worldwide.

AV INTEGRATOR

Communications Engineering, Newington, Va.

AV CONSULTANT

RJC Designs, Glen Burnie, Md.

ARCHITECT

HH Architects, Dallas

In the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, a pair of 22-foot, 16:9 Draper rear-projection screens rise above the performance platform. Communications Engineering had to work around a series of changes to this end of the building to accomodate the largest screens possible and Digital Projection projectors.

In the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, a pair of 22-foot, 16:9 Draper rear-projection screens rise above the performance platform. Communications Engineering had to work around a series of changes to this end of the building to accomodate the largest screens possible and Digital Projection projectors.

Credit: Communications Engineering

 



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