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This new construction relocation project needed to utilize one space for multiple styles of worship, with little time between services to change the platform as needed.

In 2015, First Baptist Church Plant City in Plant City, Florida, first began their new construc­tion project of a 2,000-seat Worship Center that was part of a church relocation project. For this large-scale project FBC Plant City partnered with Paragon 360 who provided their custom sig­nature scenic, staging, architectural elements, and new AVL systems in the Worship Center.

In addition, AVL systems were designed and installed for a multi-purpose worship space, lobby spaces, youth rooms and a chil­dren’s area. The project also included dis­tributed audio systems throughout the fa­cility. Design work began in the Fall of 2015, and the entire project was completed and unveiled in February of 2018.


One of the primary challenges facing First Baptist Church Plant City was utilizing one space for multiple styles of worship, with little time between services to change the platform as needed.

Pastor Brian Stowe stated “With our com­mitment to having blended worship and modern worship, we don’t have hours be­tween services – we have minutes. And to try to communicate a different atmosphere but worshiping the same God, they (Paragon I

360) helped us do that quickly. Which has re­ally helped us reach a demographic that we were having a hard time reaching.”


Paragon 360’s Audio Team designed and in­stalled a system for the new Worship Center consisting of a Yamaha CL5 Front of House console with multiple Rio stage racks locat­ed on-stage and a QL5 console at the broad­cast mix position, all tied together with Dan­te networking.

Sennheiser wireless microphones, in combination with Shure In-Ear Monitoring systems, were utilized for members of the worship team and band. The new JBL VerTec loudspeaker system in the worship center is processed by BSS and powered by Crown. New ASB7128 subwoofers are deployed in an end-fire configuration to control the di­rectivity of the sub-bass, allowing even cov­erage throughout the worship center.JBL AC28’s round out the system as delays for the upper sanctuary seating areas.

The Commons Area audio system is in­tegrated with distributed audio support for the worship center and is also a stand-alone system to support baptisms and other spe­cial events happening in the commons area.

This system is comprised of large format JBL ceiling speakers processed and controlled by BSS and powered by Crown. A second smaller worship center on campus consists of a Yama­ha TF1 audio console with a remote stage rack and JBL SRX series main speaker systems.


The lighting team from Paragon 360 de­signed and installed a system in the new worship center that is controlled with an ETC GIO 4K Console, which features an easy to navigate back-lit keypad, motorized faders, and two integrated multi-touch displays.

Dimming is powered by ETC’s Sensor3 Power Control racks, a 48-module rack, and an additional 12-module rack. DMX is distributed through a network of DMX op­to-splitters and 12 Network Gateways, offer­ing flexibility when assigning or reassigning DMX universes to outputs conveniently placed around the facility. Source Four PARNel fixtures were used for back lighting and added to FBC Plant City’s in­ventory of both conventional and LED lighting fixtures. Set pieces -- designed & built by Para­gon 360 -- were illuminated from within using Iluminarc’s Colorist line of products.

Paragon 360’s video team designed and installed a video production system at FBC Plant City that is built around an HD-SDI in­frastructure with Ross Video components at its core. An NK-3G34 router provides flexible signal routing with a Carbonite Plus han­dling production switching for broadcast and IMAG in the worship center. Three Pana­sonic AJ-PX380 manned camera systems and two Vaddio RoboShot PTZ cameras bring video from the worship center into the signal flow. The video presentation system is a combined effort using a Mac Pro with Re­newed Vision’s ProVideoPlayer and a tvOne CORIOMicro. Together they manage video content for a scenic video wall and 34’x11’ wide-aspect main screen. Two 16’x9’ side screens provide a canvas for in-house IMAG in the worship center.

The wide-aspect and IMAG screens are paired with Panasonic RW930 laser projec­tors, producing 10,000 lumens. A Panasonic RZ-570 laser handles the confidence screen, and two Panasonic EW-730 projectors pro­vide environmental protection, extending the scenic elements out into the house. The scenic video wall consists of six 80” displays, providing a three-screen wide modestly wall for the choir and blended services.

Three displays on elevators extend to make a 3×2 video wall, providing a large backdrop for the pastor’s message and mod­ern services. The combined power of the CORIOMicro and ProVideoPlayer allow the same scenic background imagery to be dis­played on the main screen, scenic video wall, and environmental projection.


Paragon 360 used more than just audio, video and lighting to create Plant City’s dy­namic and engaging environment. Included in the project are custom, illuminated sce­nic and architectural elements interspersed throughout the stage, along with extensive acoustical elements. The design also includ­ed a custom modular stage with a complete­ly modular floor pocket system.



The 34’ x 11’ ultra-wide HD projection screen with edge-blended laser projection, flanked by two additional 16’ x 9’ HD projection screens.

The new Commons Area audio system is integrated with distributed audio support for the worship center and is also a stand-alone system to support baptisms and other special events.

A view from the stage of the 2,000-seat Worship Center at FBC Plant City.

FBC Plant City’s new 2,000-seat Worship Center.

The exterior of FBC Plant City’s new Worship Center.

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