Paragon 360 was contracted by MG&A out of a request by Biltmore Baptist Church to renovate their sanctuary in Asheville, NC. The total project included audio, video, lighting, relocation of video control room, staging, sets, ceiling treatments, paint work, and audience seating risers. Paragon 360 was responsible for all video and lighting elements in addition to scenic, stage design, and construction. The challenge of the project was its timing. The project ran twelve weeks start to finish which included design and implementation.
The stage designed & built by Paragon 360 was actually a smaller stage than the one they had currently, even though their needs were growing. However the new stage was designed to be very efficient, flexible, and modular. The new 3,500 sq ft stage was built using Paragon’s Signature Modular Cube System. It is comprised of one hundred forty-four (144) 3’X3’ aluminum, self locking stage risers decked with plywood & carpet. Due to its modular nature, the shape and size of the stage can be changed anytime. Audio and video floor pockets are distributed throughout the stage and can be moved anytime creating a completely flexible distributed power system.
The set design created for Biltmore housed the three main stage screens which were the focal point of the whole space. The set columns, panels, and walls were designed using varations of Paragon’s I-Wall product. The area underneath the screen surfaces were designed to be replaceable, re-printable mylar graphics allowing unlimited flexibility between services and events. The graphic panel set walls have a handicap door built into them allowing access to the backstage area. The graphics can be changed out quickly and cost effectively two or three times a year or they can be changed out per message series. The set walls are self-illuminated from the inside, with LED lighting allowing for unlimited color change. The LED lighting allows for VERY low power consumption, low heat, lower installation costs, and unlimited flexibility.
The video work consisted of upgrading their entire video system from standard definition to Digital HD and integrating this new system into a whole new control room area that would also house lighting control. Projection upgrades included new Barco 8K DLP projectors on two Dalite large-format 20’ X 11’ screens and a 21’ X 12’ center motorized screen which when raised reveals the baptistery. The screens were built into the custom set work. Camera locations were redesigned with new infrastructure put into place. The camera package included two Panasonic HPX370 HD cameras/CCUs as well as three Panasonic HPX170 Hand Held HD Cameras. Other equipment included a Ross Crossover 12 digital video switcher and Extron digital HD router. The control of video screens and projectors is accomplished through a convenient Extron touch panel in the control room.
The Lighting system renovation included added ETC dimming and completely new distribution of dimming, 208V and 100V power to over 16 locations. New lighting positions were created which included two new front of house positions, a mid-stage position, three back-lighting positions and two new side light positions. Some of the lighting positions were designed to be motorized. The upgrade included conventional and LED lighting fixtures and upgraded networked control systems throughout the space. “Paragon had a major and time-critical portion of the overall project” says Rob Flaherty, Director of Construction Services for MG&A. “They brought everything in on-budget and in the time frame requested. They were critical to the success of the project and exceeded MG&A and the church’s expectations.”