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2022 INTEGRATION AWARDS House of Worship
Ford AV: Amazing Facts
Ford AV spearheaded the construction of a full broadcast studio for the sprawling
ministry in California. By Amala Reddie
AMAZING FACTS worldwide ministry is
certainly not akin to the house of worship
you might have gone to as a child. Indeed,
the ministry, which is headquartered in the
Granite Bay area outside Sacramento, Calif.,
is made up of a sprawling campus that includes
a local church, radio studio, television
studio and a publishing house. Its recent
growth necessitated the remodeling of the
administration building and construction of a
sanctuary with full broadcast studio.
The new broadcast system includes a
12G TV studio, complete with five 4K studio
camera rigs, studio lighting, video and audio
switching, and an audio editing suite. A fiber
network was used to tie all buildings and systems
together on one high-speed platform.
The sanctuary AV systems include an LCR
Line array speaker system, digital mixing
consoles on a digital audio network, LED
theatrical lighting and video presentation
switching for IMAG for the dvLED screens,
and redundant on-air video broadcast
control room.
Scope of Project
The project started with the church's planned
expansion in the Granite Bay area in California.
Ford AV representative, Doug Hill, had
formerly been on the ministry's production
staff. Now as a Ford AV account manager, Hill
approached the church to find out how he
and Ford AV could be involved and assist the
project. After interviewing several AV integrators,
the church ultimately chose the Ford
team, starting with a contract to consult and
design the technology systems - supplying
documentation including power, conduit,
space requirements, system line drawings,
and more for the architect and design trades
to use for their construction documents.
This contract was done with the intent that
Ford AV would also perform the installation
during the " build " portion of the project.
Ford AV's broadcast and ministry design
teams began to develop a scope of work
with the church. Amazing Facts had a concommercialintegrator.com
The
new broadcast system comprises a 12G TV studio, studio lighting, video and audio
switching, along with an audio editing suite.
struction manager on staff who, along with
the ministry president Doug Batchelor and
a media director, were the primary contacts
that helped Ford ascertain the church's end
desire for the new technology.
The ministry leadership also required
that the equipment and systems could be
operated by a skilled volunteer. Because the
media staff requested the ability to operate in
4K, the team provided flexibility to broadcast
from one of two redundant studios located in
the sanctuary and the other in the production
studio in an adjacent building. The production
studio is a full 4K studio for acquisition
with tie lines using fiberoptic and control between
the sanctuary and production studio.
The design stage, which included coordination
with the church, architect, construction
management and general contractor,
lasted about 1.5 years. Once the scope of
work and materials list was finalized, the
" build " contract began, engaging Ford into
the onsite installation. Meanwhile, a Ford AV
project manager coordinated with the general
contractor and other trades at the job site.
Key Challenges
1. The church was dissatisfied with the
original general contractor, so a new GC
was brought in and Ford re-established that
relationship and brought the GC up to speed
on the design and scope of work.
2. The church provided three of its own
dvLED displays for the sanctuary, which were
integrated into the overall AV system.
3. Some equipment was new, and some
was owner-furnished (OFE). The OFE had
to be incorporated into the system and
coordinated so the church didn't need to
use it while it was being integrated into the
new system.
4. COVID-19 led to California shutting
down incoming flights that impacted the ability
to fly installers, engineers, project management
personnel by flying, instead they had to
drive. This made each Ford staff person who
went to the job site spend days instead of
hours to travel to the church job site.
5. After Ford AV had contracted to supply
the low-voltage house lighting, the manufacturer
went out of business. That meant the
equipment had to be creatively sourced from
any leftover stock around the U.S.
Equipment Highlights
AJA Converters Apantec splitters,
converters Clear-Com headsets
Datapath wall controller LG
display monitors Sony Bravia
Yamaha speakers, subwoofers, DSP
Processor
JULY 2022 Commercial Integrator
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COURTESY OF PAUL LEACH AND MICHAEL GRAY
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