Faith Community Church Waupaca
Few new churches take chances on recommendations from consultants. This
church did and the results are something to boast about. Not only did they
get a building that is exactly what they wanted acoustical, they also have
a church that should be cheaper to operate per square foot than the older
church that is less that 10 years old. Getting this church to make the
changes needed was not easy. In the end, everyone was happy with the result
and the cost of the improvements were much lower in cost as predicted by
me - the consultant with the ideas, designing skills and experience to
guide a church in the tough decisions that sometime seemed to good to be
These are just some of the many changes that included changing the Architect's and Church Board's mind. About the only restrictions I had was that the blueprints and pricing of the job was far enough along that I had to remain within the footprint of the job site.
Below are most of the changes after many meeting with the Architect and Church Board. Many opposed the changes
This new church seats 290 people plus 200 seating into a cafe/overflow.
If they change the seating, they can pack in 330 people. The crying room
was removed. It created an extra exit for fire evacuation and a mixing
location was put in its place. The new mixer desk was not completed at
the time of this article.
This is a photo of the front of the church the day before it opened. Everything
in this picture was designed by JdB Sound Acoustics and Engineered by Keller
Structures who were also the builders of this church. That includes:
In the above photo, you have a pan shot from the mixer desk where you can
see all across the room. On the back wall above the yet to be installed
back doors are outround diffusers. These are tuned to 245 hertz. The diffusers
at the front on the platform are tuned to 680 hertz.
For those interested in the sound system, it is a 3 way system. All of
the speakers are grouped together and there is also enough capacity to
add 2 more sub woofers if the church wants to. The system is limited to
105dB. During testing the system played as loud as 112dB. When the room
was test with my MLSSA, the worst intelligibility level was at the mixer
desk. The %Alcons dropped from 4.5 to 5.2. Otherwise, the average in the
rest of the room was 4.6%. When I test a room, I test the room, the sound
system and then both combined. These numbers are of both combined. The
room's performance was an average of 5.1%.
Community Pentecostal Church, Orleans, Ontario
This is a typical method of acoustical treatment many churches have learned
to put up with.
Copyright (c) 2001-2004 JdB Sound, Acoustic.
Wednesday, July 25, 2001