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.”
EXCELLENT AUDIO AT EVERY SEAT
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.
STATE-OF-THE-ART LIGHTING AND VIDEO 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.
MORE THAN AVL
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.
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF PARAGON 360
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.