Harvard Avenue Baptist Church

When Harvard Avenue Baptist Church in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, decided it was time to update their 500-seat sanctuary, they turned to Paragon 360 for a complete sanctuary renovation. This project included new audio, video, lighting, and rigging systems, FabriTRAK® acoustical treatment, and Paragon’s signature custom scenic & staging elements. Design work began in May of 2016, and installation was completed in June of 2017.

The new audio system that was installed as part of the Harvard Avenue project greatly enhanced the contemporary style of worship that was taking place in the acoustically traditional environment. The Paragon 360 Audio Team’s design included a Worx Audio X5 all-in-one compact line array, with a Worx TL218SS super sub and Worx 8A fill speakers. This gives the audio system the ability to accurately cover the entire sanctuary without being visually obtrusive in the smaller traditional space.

Harvard Avenue also received a substantial upgrade in the monitoring system for their Worship Team & Band members. Utilizing Community MX10 coaxial, low-profile monitors, Electro Voice amplifiers, and Behringer P16 in-ear mixers, the new monitoring system resulted in a very clean platform area, and greatly expanded the previous capability of only four mixes during worship. It also gives every band member the ability to control & customize their in-ear mix as needed. Front of House duties are covered by a Midas M-32 console, paired with a Midas DL32 digital snake. The M-32 is a high quality digital mixer that provides ease of use for volunteer staff, and was a substantial upgrade from the previous analog mixer the church had been using during worship services. Ten channels of Sennheiser wireless microphones with 865 capsules were included with the new audio system, as well as an Audix DP7 drum mic package, which allows close proximity microphone placement on the drum kit for better mix control. An Audix piano microphone system is also part of the new system, as well as Audix choir microphones, K&M mic stands, and RØDE audience mics.

The Paragon 360 Video Team designed and installed a new video system that not only greatly enhanced Harvard Avenue’s worship capabilities, but also enables live streaming of the church’s worship services. At the center of the new video system are two 14′ wide fixed frame screens, with projection provided by two Christie 7,000 lumen projectors. A Sharp 80” Commercial LED Confidence Monitor mounted on the back wall of the sanctuary provides visual cues & text for the Pastoral & Worship staff. A Panasonic remote controlled Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera with 30X zoom lens was also mounted on the back wall, below the 80″ LED display.

A 12×12 HD Video Matrix switcher controls routing of the video signals, with clean switching between sources. The cameras, the output of the Graphics Computer, and external playback sources are all routed through the switcher, and are available for viewing on the video screens independently, as well as on the back wall confidence monitor. A video signal from the router is also provided to Harvard Avenue’s Livestream network video interface, allowing for live streaming of the church’s worship services & other events.

The new Lighting System at Harvard Avenue consists of 16 ETC Source Four ellipsoidal fixtures for front lighting, and 17 Elation SixPar 300 LED fixtures for back lighting, with the entire system being controlled by a High End Systems Hoglet 4 console. A total of 55′ of black powder coated truss from Applied Electronics was utilized for the lighting system, with two ellipsoidal fixtures located on each side of the sanctuary on tormentor pipes. 

The Paragon 360 Lighting Team also utilized an ETC 12 Channel SmartPack Dimmer as part of the new lighting system at Harvard Avenue, which provides for multiple options of lighting environment in the sanctuary during worship services and other events. Multiple Chauvet products were also used as lighting for stage set pieces, including six Chauvet COLORDash Batten-Quad 12 fixtures, four COLORDash Par-Quad 7 fixtures, and four COLORDash Par-Quad 18 fixtures.

Upon completion of the Harvard Avenue Sanctuary Renovation Project, Lead Pastor Tad Thompson stated “the Paragon Staff is very professional. They have a sense of excellence, and they really have a customer first mentality. We have been extremely impressed with the Paragon Team. Every group, whether it was audio, lighting, video, acoustics, installation – across the board, we had a wonderful experience with the Paragon Team.” Associate Pastor Samuel Marney added “I think the crew at Paragon really understands well a variety of needs in the church world. They easily addressed concerns from small churches, medium-sized churches, and large churches. From our perspective, being  a smaller church, the team was very helpful in listening to the things that we were concerned about, and the things that we needed fixed. Paragon’s crew, both in the design & in the implementation phase, were always in the scheduled frame of which they said they would be, the end cost was exactly what was quoted, and from a Leadership standpoint in the church, you can’t ask for anything more.”