Lead Pastor Aaron Cole of Germantown, Wisconsin-based Life Church (LCWI) believes video is "the stained glass of the 21st century." It should come as no surprise, then, that the mission of LCWI is to reach a media-saturated culture with a message of the Gospel through technology.
To help LCWI remain focused on its mission, the church teamed up with Summit Integrated Systems. Beginning in 2011, Summit began the design and build process for a new audio, video, lighting (AVL) system for the church's facility. Two years later, the LCWI had at its fingertips the tools it needed to reach its community.
The worship center vision demanded a high-level architectural finish. At the same time, it needed to provide the acoustic performance of a rock n' roll worship experience. There was also the challenge of the building's concrete tilt-up construction. To meet these challenges, the Summit team employed creative ways of diffusing, directing, and absorbing sound reflections. For example, the engineers worked closely with the architect to design acoustic elements molded within the concrete walls. It also fashioned custom wood solutions for a room with both a stunning finish and high-quality acoustics.
Project Size: 801-2,000 Seats
Completion: May 12, 2013
The sanctuary's audio is delivered by a distributed mono configuration of four EAW QX5 loudspeakers accompanied by down-fills, front-fills, and eight of Summit's custom 15-inch subwoofers. Processing is provided by BSS London, and the loudspeakers powered by Lab.Gruppen amplifiers.
The system is controlled by Yamaha's CL5, with infrastructure (boasting over 60 stage inputs in and around the stage) running directly to an XLR patch bay made up of Yamaha's Rio boxes. Audio also saturates most of the facility's other rooms and common areas with independent gain controls to Electrovoice EVID series loudspeakers.