2014 Solomon Awards

The Worship Facilities Solomon Awards recognizes churches and their partners for excellence in facilities design, building expansion or remodeling, operation excellence, innovative use, and technical production.

Winners were announced on October 1, 2014.

View 2014 Solomon Awards Winners.

Design - Renovation
Saint Mark Baptist Church - Sanctuary Remodel
In five months, Saint Mark Baptist Church Facilities Director Jason Ray orchestrated two major renovation projects. The first project was a full HD upgrade and renovation to the midtown Little Rock, Ark. church’s media suite. The second was a full renovation of the sanctuary stage and lighting.

Design - Renovation
Faith Christian Fellowship - Sanctuary Remodel
Faith Christian Fellowship’s remodel added 1,500 square feet to its space. During the transformation, the church added LED stage lighting and light board, changed its decor from green and pink to earth tones, changed its white drop-ceiling to black, converted can lights to LED downlights and added sound panels to improve sound quality.

Design - Installation & Operation
First Baptist Charlotte - Worship Technology Project
The founders of Charlotte First Baptist made it the church’s mission to remain technology driven in the delivery of ministry. So, when current worship pastor Mark Christian led the church in an updating, he used his artist roots to call on AE to design. The project delivered tour-quality audio, video and lighting worship technology that would empower the ministry’s message.

Design - Installation & Operation
Free Chapel - Worship Technology Project
Moyers Group partnered with Free Chapel, creating the church’s first satellite campus in metropolitan Atlanta. Moyers provided room design services as well as audio, video and lighting design and implementation. The resulting space is a modern worship environment must be experienced.

Design - Installation & Operation
North Madison Christian Church - Leverages LED Video Walls to Match Message
North Madison Christian Church invested in LED video walls to upgrade its look and match the message it wanted to portray.

Design - Installation & Operation
Redemption World Outreach - Worship Technology Project
When Redemption began in 1991, Pastor Ron Carpenter had a distinct vision for the ways in which his message would his church as well as larger, outreach audiences. His team worked with AE to create a worship technology platform for delivering content over the Internet while maintaining a close-knit feel within the sanctuary.

Innovative Production
North Madison Christian Church - Audio and Video Design and Implementation
North Madison Christian Church describes itself as a different type of church. This “difference” was exemplified when the church chose to unveil its new worship center on Father’s Day. They didn’t open doors on they more-typical Christmas or Easter Sunday. Rather, they decided the best way to celebrate dads was with new technology and toys at which to marvel.

Innovative Production
Red Rocks Church - Easter Services
With a production staff of three people and five creative staff (as well as many volunteers), Red Rocks Church pulled off three highly technical services for more than 12,000 Easter attendees. Inside an off-site theater in downtown Denver, the Red Rocks team produced a full-length video of the service and made it available online.

Media and Communication
Sermon in a Flash (Oak Hills Church)
Oak Hills Church’s “Sermon in a Flash” provides immediate access to a digital copy of the weekend message immediately following a worship gathering. The sermon is available for download to a USB in both video and audio formats.

Special Project or Initiative
Heritage Church of Christ - Special Project - Drum Booth
In 2013, the Heritage Church of Christ made a fundamental shift in its worship style by adding an instrumental worship service. The challenge from a facilities perspective was how to position a worship band on a stage previously designed for just a few people at a time.

Special Project or Initiative
River Pointe Church - Student Building - Richmond Campus
River Pointe Church’s 17,000-square-foot Student Building in Richmond, Texas breaks the mold of traditional education and worship facilities. The space is available to young adults for recreational development and to socialize while building their faith and fellowship in comfortable home-like environment.

Special Project or Initiative
Salvation Army - Camp Keystone Dining Hall
The Camp Keystone Dining Hall project has been deemed a great success by The Salvation Army. The design/build process enabled Scherer Construction to create and deliver a $5 million, 22,000-square-foot meeting center in less than 10 months, just in time for the next group of inner-city campers.

Technical Direction
Asbury United Methodist Church - Worship Technology Project
The renovation goals of Asbury United Methodist Church were to provide greater clarity, coverage and impact through amplified sound and a flexible audio, video and lighting worship technology system. This system would not only bridge traditional and modern ministry styles, but also deliver a performance that would ultimately impact the entire Tulsa Community.

Technical Direction
Worship Technology Project Black Rock Congregational Church Technical Direction
Like many churches facing growth, Black Rock Congregational Church was tasked with having to deliver both traditional and contemporary services in the same facility. The blending of a tradition-rooted church with innovative new technology will now serve the church for another 160 years.

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