1st CHRISTIAN CHURCH
THE WORSHIP CENTER
The First Christian Church of Miami,
Oklahoma purchased the 93,000 square foot former WalMart building and has
the facility into their new church building. Goodman Architectural Services
designed the project and is managing the construction. Jordan Audio
Consultants designed four audio systems and one video projection system for the
All the speakers in the
worship center are custom built systems, specified by Jordan. These are an exceptional design from Concert
Systems LLC of South Bend, Indiana. There are three of these dual 12" woofer boxes
each with a 2" throat compression driver on bi-radial horns.
Three additional single 12" woofer boxes are used
for rear fills and an overhead choir monitor. Two 15" sub woofer
system set on the platform and can serve as plant stands. The
12" coaxial floor monitors move around to serve musicians and
A special 15" high
output wedge shaped monitors for the organist monitors the sound system and
the organ simultaneously.
speakers were installed prior to all other trades had access to the
ceiling. The "T" grid ceiling is 30' in
the air, the peek of the main steel beams is 45'.
The amplifier rack provides 7800
watts of audio power to bi-amplified mains, three monitor systems, sub
woofers, and extension speakers. It was assemble in the workshop
and tested. Then it was wrapped in plastic and delivered to
the church where it was wired into the system. It sets upstairs in the
preacher's changing room with the baptismal robes.
It's hard to believe this was
once a WalMart.
The auditorium will seat over
800 comfortably. In the future it can be expanded to accommodate over
1300. Some additions to the system would be required, but
all were planned for from the beginning of the system engineering and design
The churches existing piano,
organ and keyboard were moved from the old building. The organ was
incorporated to the room via the sound system and a specialized monitoring
system. The original speakers were placed in storage (where the auto shop
warehoused the various tires.)
Having the sub woofers
setting on the platform is unusual, but works well in this situation. The
construction method for the platform did not allow space for the subs to
hide out of site.
The amplifier rack is located
upstairs behind the baptistery. It's power is controlled from a
sequencer in the control booth support rack. Crown MicroTech
amplifier power the whole system which it controlled by dbx Drive Rack
digital processors. The Soundcraft Live 4, 32 input desk
is a lot more than the congregation had previously been experienced with.
Each spring the music
ministry hosts a last supper drama that utilizes up to 16 wireless lapel
microphones. The Live 4 has four mute groups that make controlling
this elaborate a production much more manageable.
The control booth is large
enough for video projection and lighting control systems and personal.
The Chapel will seat almost
200. The stained glass windows were removed from the old building.
The entire electronics
package, sets in one locking rack in the right rear corner of the room.
The speakers are 2' x 2'
panels by Sound Advance. They are hidden in the "T" grid of
the ceiling, silk screened to match the USG brand ceiling tiles. The
sound is very even throughout the room. This room has 4 two-way
Three recessed floor pockets
are positioned on the platform. Each houses four microphone inputs and
one monitor output.
THE FELLOWSHIP HALL
The Fellowship Hall will seat
600 at tables. This large space has a 14' ceiling left from the
children's and automotive departments of Walmart.
The entire electronics
package, sets in one locking rack along the "rear" wall of the
Again, the speakers a 2' x 2'
panels by Sound Advance. They are more obvious in the "T"
grid of the ceiling. No match for the PVC tiles was possible, so flat
white was chosen. The speakers are arranged in three zones. This
room has 12 full range speakers.
Four 8" ceiling speakers
left in the ceiling from Walmart were reused in the serving line area and
Twelve inputs and a pair of
monitor outputs are available on the opposite wall from the equipment rack.
A portable sound system was
assembled for use with the teenage youth ministry program.
All the mixing consoles in
the system are similar models to help ensure that once the tech's had
learned one system they could easily move to any other room with ease.
All the systems use dbx processing and Crown amplifiers.