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Calvary Community Church

Calvary Community Church in Phoenix with a membership numbering over 12,000 embraced the multi-site concept for expansion rather than constructing a large new auditorium. Services at Calvary’s Central Campus adjoining the I-17 freeway, are now linked to the newly completed Northwest Campus in Glendale, Arizona through an interactive television broadcast system.  Technology plays a key role in the campuses utilizing four 270 Mega-bit HDTV fiber circuits for full bandwidth, zero latency, two-way connectivity.  The system designed by Intent Digital allows for completely natural interaction between the two campuses even though they are located eight miles apart. The natural interaction between the congregations underscores Senior Pastor Mark Martin’s theme of “one church, two locations”.  


The Intent Digital team along with the architectural team and ministry staff collaborated intensely for several months to develop a live-interaction worship approach that could work across all campus venues in both church campus locations.  The live-interaction concept was a natural evolution to the multi-venue approach already in place on the main campus. This new twist enables pastors to preach from either campus location, or from both locations, to ensuring involvement among the entire congregation, regardless of physical location.


Intent Digital developed Calvary’s extensive technology infrastructure consisting of TV broadcast, sound, AV, lighting, fiber transmission, data & telecommunications networks and control systems.  Full digital broadcast control rooms located at both campus locations manage multiple switched video feeds for video projectors, broadcast between campuses, Internet and other venues throughout the buildings.  Three large projection screens in each of the two sanctuaries at each site show two different video images arriving from the opposite campus.  


Two Yamaha M7CL-48 digital audio mixers and a 32x32 stereo audio router handle mixing chores.  The extensive patching and cabling infrastructure enables signal paths to be instantaneously repurposed throughout the building when last minute production changes are made.  A combined front/distributed speaker system was designed for the best rendition of the spoken word and powerful worship music. Two McPhearson Axia arrays and Scholar subwoofers on Ashly PE Power Series amplifiers and 48 Tannoy CMS12TDC 12” ceiling speakers on delay processors and individual power efficient Rane MA-4 class-D amplifier channels power the sanctuary.  Dozens of other Tannoy CMS series speakers installed throughout the building are connected to the routing, control and processing system so that any audio source can be heard in any room at any time.


Atrium, overflow, parents room, HS, JHS and children’s worship rooms, are outfitted with digital signage kiosks AV, lighting and sound systems extensive data network interconnectivity. Therefore, every room in the building is equipped with some combination of AV equipment and network connectivity.  Any of these rooms can be instantaneously routed to the sanctuary video screens or broadcasted to the I-17 campus.  The lighting system consists of both controlled architectural lighting and theatrical lighting in many areas throughout the building.  Intent Digital designed the lighting system on one unified control system utilizing five lighting control boards, along with multiple wall controllers that also control moving fixtures, LED lights.  


Intent Digital’s network based ControLynx control system utilizing GUI LCD screens and wallmounted multi-function LCD SmartSwitch AV control panels enable control of all the technology systems from many locations on campus.  To read the full article and additional resource information click here.


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