With three projects successfully completed for the church in the past, MediaMerge was an obvious choice for the sound, video and lighting systems in the new children’s ministry building at Mobberly Baptist Church.
The Bridge is a state-of-the art 55,000-square-foot facility capable of holding about 1,000 adults in classrooms on the first floor, while the second floor can accommodate up to 800 children at a time for small group classes. There are two worship centers on the second floor in addition. One of these rooms, dubbed “The Depot,” is used primarily for children’s worship, seats about 230 people and offers cutting-edge presentation technology. On MediaMerge’s recommendation, set designers were selected to help with the development of a train station motif that includes a 25-foot-tall water tower and a steam engine complete with working smokestack.
MediaMerge designed the multi-channel sound, video, and church lighting systems in conjunction with the set designer to create an environment that is engaging to children, technically inspiring and suitable for a variety of live events including weekly worship services. A second 200-seat worship center for older children features a 19-foot by 4-foot screen using three edge-blended projectors, combined with LED and conventional stage lighting to create a more concert-oriented stage look. Mixing consoles in both worship rooms can be remotely controlled from an iPad.
Each of the 29 classrooms in the building features a flat-panel display, playback sources, local inputs, facility feeds, and is networked via Ethernet for campus-wide administration. Each room includes a custom-designed touch-screen interface that enables non-technical users to easily deliver seamless presentations without the assistance of the church’s technical staff. The facility also features distributed audio/video throughout the hallways and common areas. The entire network is accessible from a browser on any authorized device connected to the internal network, allowing technical staff in separate buildings to respond to users’ requests across the campus without leaving their desks. Additionally, MediaMerge provided an audio/video fiber optic link between existing facilities and The Bridge that enables real-time interaction between facilities on campus.
“From the outset, the church’s primary goal was to deliver high-quality presentations with enough flexibility to meet a wide range of needs, and, most of all, the ability to achieve outstanding results using church volunteers,” remarks system designer Tim Ogletree. “The consistent quality of the presentation at The Bridge, day-in and day-out, is a testament to the success of that approach.”