BRYANT, AR – A church’s message may be timeless, but the same cannot be said of an actual house of worship itself. This was very evident to pastor Dr. Patrick Mead and other leaders of First Southern Baptist, a suburban Little Rock church located in a building that was constructed in 1981. Realizing that their aging structure made it more difficult to connect to young people and utilize modern technologies, Dr. Mead and his associates were preparing to begin a long fundraising campaign to pay for the construction of a new building. Then Paragon 360 (Springfield, MO) stepped in and showed them how they could achieve the same goal in less time, and at a fraction of the cost, by renovating the First Southern Baptist sanctuary with a package of enhancements that included over 100 LED fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.
“Over the course of a few meetings, we suggested a complete sanctuary renovation over new construction,” said Paragon 360 CEO Donnie Brawner. “Our focus was on creating an engaging audience experience. That goes far beyond AVL. It involves the right stage design, the right seating, and attention to interior treatments, ceilings, architectural elements, and acoustics to create a welcoming environment.”
LED fixtures from CHAUVET Professional and CHAUVET DJ played a key role in helping Paragon 360 create the desired environment at First Southern Baptist. All of the scenic and architectural lighting elements in the sanctuary were created using 56 of the company’s fixtures, including the COLORado Batten 72 Tour. A batten-style wash with 72 calibrated red, green, blue, white and amber LEDs, the COLORado Batten 72 is used to bathe the new translucent panels on the sanctuary’s side walls in warm rich colors.
The COLORado Deco Quad-1 Tour from CHAUVET Professional highlights the narrower architectural features of the sanctuary. CHAUVET DJ fixtures, the COLORband Pix and SlimPAR Pro LED par, are used for uplighting the sanctuary and backlighting the stage respectively. A CHAUVET Professional LED curtain was also used as a backdrop to Paragon’s custom set design.
In addition to illuminating the sanctuary, CHAUVET Professional fixtures provided a LED house lighting system at First Southern Baptist. Paragon used 46 COLORado 1-Tri Tour fixtures as color washes for the house area of the church. Advanced optics in this product allow light from the LEDs to converge before leaving the fixture, which results in smoother color mixing. Paragon 360’s design at First Southern Baptist takes advantage of this feature by changing wash colors to reflect the tone and mood of different events and services.
"With Paragon, we were able to capture for less than a million dollars everything that we had dreamed of for $7 - $10 million without rebuilding our sanctuary" said Pastor Mead. "In theory, Paragon renovated our space but in reality to me, it’s a new sanctuary. This sanctuary feels nothing like the old. It is a new sanctuary, it is a new experience, it is a new feel -- it is a new day in the life of our church.”
Comments like this are a source of great pride for the Paragon 360 team. “This is a project that we are very proud of,” said Brawner. “New construction is cost prohibitive and inefficient this day and age for thousands of churches. We have developed some really good solutions for space renovation that is extremely cost effective. This can be the difference between life and death for many churches that are at that place where something has to be done, but new construction is not an option.”For more information on Paragon 360 visit http://www.paragon360.com
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