Multiple Install Phases Add Up to Notable AVL Upgrades at Texas Church

Over the span of three months, Texas church has featured install improvements including L-Acoustics line arrays, Barco projectors, and an LED wall.

Multiple Install Phases Add Up to Notable AVL Upgrades at Texas Church
To highlight the benefit of the new LED wall versus projection for the configuration at Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Missouri City Texas, the issue of shadows when one stands in close proximity to a projection screen, does not present itself as a problem with an LED wall install.

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Multiple Install Phases Add Up to Notable AVL Upgrades at Texas Church

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Helping the church find the ideal equipment for their worship space was a pair of Houston-based companies. The church purchased the L-Acoustics speakers from LD Systemss, with McGlynn adding, “They understand our needs.” Sugar Creek then looked to Covenant Communications to buy most of the other pieces involved in the project, as well as to help with the LED wall install.

As part of the second round of install work, the LED house lights that were added were largely Par 64s. In addition, the church’s streaming system was updated to Kulabyte by Haivision. The most notable addition, though, was the 22-foot by a 12 ½-foot LED video wall, all completed in April.

“It’s been a big project,” explained McGlynn. “We bought the building and gutted it. We did everything from scratch, and we went from a 720 (pixel) stream to a 1080 stream. It’s been a great worship experience. We got new hardware, and the newest software.”

Regarding to the lighting installation, McGlynn noted one particular benefit by going with LED. “We could install the LED house lights ourselves, which we could not do for conventional lights. We would have needed to bring in an electrician.” The installed LED house lights in the worship space were Altman Lighting’s Chalice Series. Touted for their high-output, low-power consumption and low-heat, McGlynn added, “The energy savings are up there … all of our house lights now could run on one 15-amp circuit.”

Where the LED wall has been helpful for the church, McGlynn noted, “is in being used for backdrops for worship, lyric videos, and a center shot for sermon streaming.” Recalling the initial reaction by the congregation, he added, “Anytime someone comes in, they see the video wall, and that’s kind of our ‘wow’ factor.”

To Covenant Communications president Shawn Mullins, the LED wall was a significant change, he said, because “they are used to projection at their main campus. They were blown away about the brightness and clarity of the LED wall.”

To complete the LED video wall install, though, initially required incorporating additional supports, with the help of Covenant. This project wasn’t the first for the integrator with the church, with Mullins recalling having previously done remodeling work to speaker deployment.

“The actual install took just three days, but we also had to have additional steel beams installed. That took a couple weeks to install, and that was a nightmare,” explained McGlynn. “There was nowhere to hang the video wall from. Because of the steel structure that we had to add, we had to cut the stage down. That was to drive lifts to first hang the steel; then rebuild it. There was one Saturday, when I came in to see one gash in the stage. At first, I almost cried and punched something.”


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