Villanova University Performing Arts Center

Villanova University Performing Arts Center

From the Courts to the Big Stage, Villanova Provides all its Students a Chance at the Spotlight

Villanova University, a private research university, is likely best known for its annual appearance in March Madness. As a result, the school’s prowess on the stage and in the rehearsal room, while strong, has been historically overshadowed by its Division I basketball team. That story, however, won’t be told for much longer now that the University’s creative community has found itself in a new, $60 million showstopper of a home—the John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts.

The goal of the project was to construct a state-of-the-art performing arts center to support performances, creativity, engagement and exploration, enriching Villanova’s campus and enhancing educational opportunities. Diversified was selected as the AV systems solutions provider on this project for several reasons, including the company’s technological expertise and capability to deliver high complexity systems in the higher education and performing arts space.

The 85,000-square-foot campus hub boasts multiple professional-grade performance venues and support spaces within a single building to include a 400-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat black-box theater and a 75-seat Performance Lab for more intimate and experimental productions, as well as classrooms, conference rooms, dance studio, multipurpose rooms and offices.

Diversified was able to provide much needed consultation with regards to live events, large venue audio and performance venue technology implementation with a solution that includes collaboration, unified communications, PA and live venue sound technologies. The video core of the system is a Crestron DM matrix switcher which interconnects most of the AV systems in the building. The proscenium theater features a Clair Brothers speaker system, Midas console, QSC QSys DSP, and Shure microphones. The building also utilizes a Clearcom intercom system for communication among the technical team throughout.

Despite many challenges with construction and the technology selected, Diversified was able to deliver a world class system for Villanova and now, students and audiences alike will benefit from the variety of performance opportunity such spaces and technologies can offer.

Passion City Church | Cumberland

Passion City Church | Cumberland

Sharing the Message with the Highest of Worship Production Technology Standards

Before they were a church, the efforts of Passion City were aimed at engaging college students to live for the renown of Jesus. Diversified was an original partner in the construction of the first permanent gathering site at 515 Garson Drive. Since that time, the ministry has developed the highest of worship production technology standards and embraced a variety of large events in their space (even bull riding!). Diversified has helped every step of the way with several upgrades to accommodate growth.

When the time came to construct a new Cumberland location, Passion City engaged the Diversified team again. This was the first time that the organization had worked with a single partner for all the technology systems in a facility. The Passion team is unique because they have several experts on their production team, and they knew they needed the right partner to achieve their production goals. Having launched in Cumberland in 2017 at North Atlanta High School, this permanent home is not only vital for the growing church community in the city but also serves as the production hub for the Passion organization, meaning that all broadcast content sent out to the world is cut and mixed from this location. Diversified was trusted to support their exact vision at a very granular level, developing solutions that represent several first’s in the church production world.

“Working with Tim Corder and the team at Diversified was really great. We love that Diversified is really structured well to make sure that our first Sunday, and the second Sunday, and the third Sunday after that were as seamless for us as possible. I’m excited to see us come out of COVID stronger than ever as a result of this new facility.”

– Taylor Charboneau, Director of Production

The new auditorium features 180-degree seating spread between the main floor and the balcony with the furthest only 60 feet away from downstage center. Although there is space for 1,400 people, this space has a unique vibe because of how intimate it is for such a large space. At the heart of the audio system is a L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker system, Digico audio consoles and Shure wireless. The lighting system is based around a Grand MA 3 console, Pathway Pathport streaming ACN lighting control, and a mix of Martin and GLP fixtures as a standard rep plot that is supplemented with rental fixtures according to the demands of particular events. The video system is comprised of a Ross Video backbone in routing and switching with two control rooms – one for the in-room IMAG cut and one for the broadcast feed that is streamed around the world, Panasonic Varicam cinema cameras with a mix of Canon and Fujinon lensing and Vinten tripods, Ross XPression and Renewed Vision ProPresenter GFX systems, Clearcom matrix intercom, Teradek wireless video transmission, and Defy robotic dolly and wire cam systems.

A collection of Unilumin UPAD III 2.6mm LED panels are used to create visual canvases on stage that are served by a Disguise media server as an important part of the visual brand of Passion gatherings. The room is unique for its lack of permanent side screens, instead relying on these stage LED canvases to share video in more unique and engaging ways.

In addition to the main auditorium environment, Diversified also installed circulation audio and video systems comprised of JBL speakers, Crown amplification, and Samsung commercial displays. Child and student large group environments are centered around Waves LV1 audio consoles, Yamaha loudspeaker systems, MA and Chauvet lighting, and flat panel displays with Renewed Vision ProPresenter GFX.

For over 20 years, Passion has always been known for God-sized dreams, utilizing worship production technology in fresh and creative ways as a tool to make Jesus known. After successfully completing the construction and system integration process at the Cumberland location, the teams at Passion City and Diversified have continued to stay connected, ensuring the overall mission of the church stays firmly supported.

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The Belonging Co.

The Belonging Co.

High Impact Church AVL System Integration Delivers Global Reach for First Permanent Home

The Belonging Co (TBCo), founded in 2010 and one of the fastest growing and most influential worship movements in the U.S., sought to expand its reach in its hometown of Nashville, TN with its first permanent facility. Transforming the existing warehouse with limited trim height and structural columns throughout into a world class performance venue would require the Diversified team to think outside the box at every turn to best represent TBCo’s unique mission and DNA. The Diversified team collaborated closely with the client, facilitating product auditions for critical elements of the system prior to the church AVL system integration. The auditions including loudspeakers, cameras, video core and the LED video wall. A d&b KSL loudspeaker system, one of the first to be installed in a church in the world, creates extremely high fidelity while maintaining consistent room coverage. For the online audience, whose numbers exceed those in person, a ten camera UHD cinematic broadcast video system bolsters TBCo’s well known, interactive experience as well as the in-room presentation. Additionally, a large Brompton-based LED wall from THOR: and robust stage and house lighting system immerse the live audience.

Equally important to the church was a strong, flexible foundation based on a hybrid touring infrastructure for various programming with extensive fiber and copper tie lines. A Riedel Artist Matrix Intercom system connects the production team with the artists onstage, allowing the worship team to flow alongside as a cohesive group in ways never before possible. Diversified also provided church AVL system integratation in a youth space & multi-purpose meeting rooms, as well as circulation AV for the entire facility.

In just six years, this culture-shaping church has grown to also include a worship collective, a conference and even a college. This new facility has provided a much needed permanent home to support the growing movement and has already been hailed one of the best sounding and looking rooms in a town known as “Music City.”

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Mount Paran Church

Mount Paran Church

Next-Gen Sanctuary Audio Technology Inspires Paradigm-Changing Worship Experience

For more than half a century, Atlanta’s Mount Paran Church has been celebrated by the evangelical world as a beacon of effective ministry and engaged, growing membership, evidenced by its 13,000-plus-member congregation. In fact, it was this very community of faith that pioneered the “one church in two locations” concept in the late ’80s that eventually laid the groundwork for multiple satellite campuses, now a hallmark of many of today’s houses of worship. So, it should come as no surprise that Mount Paran is forward-thinking when it comes to the technology it uses to communicate its message, a point that was clearly underscored by its distinction as the world’s first house of worship to install a sanctuary audio technology system built upon L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology.

“Good sound is one of the most essential elements in today’s churches, and achieving consistent, engaging audio throughout an entire worship space is mission-critical so that the congregation has a shared community experience,” says Tim Corder, Strategic Accounts Director – House of Worship for Diversified. “The previous loudspeaker system in Mount Paran’s main auditorium had been in place for many years, and as it aged, it began to have component failures that created erratic coverage—sonically ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ spots throughout the room—which was hampering the worship experience for many of their congregants.”

Although Diversified initially considered specifying a left/right array-based design for Mount Paran’s loudspeaker retrofit, the presence of large LED screens on either side of the stage meant that the array lengths necessary for providing optimal coverage would create sightline issues, particularly for those seated in the balcony. Furthermore, the church wanted to minimize the number of modifications made to the architecture, both for aesthetic and budgetary reasons.

“With so little space to work with above the screens, we chose to explore an L-ISA design, which offered us the ability to spread the system’s power out horizontally versus vertically,” says Nick Geiger, Account Executive and Audio Lead for Diversified. “This enabled us to achieve the SPL and coverage that we needed while keeping the speaker hangs compact enough to not cause visibility issues with the lighting and video facilities.”

“L-ISA is an incredible tool for Houses of Worship,” enthuses Geiger. “As an audience member, you don’t just want to feel as though you’re sitting in the room spectating something that’s happening onstage. Mount Paran has a large choir, orchestra and praise team, and L-ISA enables you to feel enveloped by their sound—like you’re a part of it—in every seat in the house.”

Corder agrees, adding that the audio imaging capabilities of the new system produce a very natural-sounding binaural listening experience. “When the left side of the choir has a solo, you feel it come from the left side,” he says. “I’ve heard them stagger vocal intros between the left, right and center sections, and you really feel that localization—and it’s stunning! You totally forget that you’re listening to a PA because it just feels like you’re listening to the choir. I’ve never had that experience before.”

“We at Diversified pride ourselves on being at the forefront of emerging technologies that are making an impact in our industry,” Corder adds. “You really must experience L-ISA as one of the several thousand people gathered in the room during a service to understand the full impact that this technology and loudspeaker system makes on the engagement of the congregation. Words do not do it justice. It is inspiring on a level that is quite literally paradigm-changing.”

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Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral

Video System Technology Upgrade Enhances Cathedral’s Local and Online Worship Experience

The Washington National Cathedral hosts a multitude of national religious ceremonies, regular weekly worship services and a wide variety of events serving the greater Washington, D.C. area. With the tremendous size of the Cathedral and the seated congregation in the Nave, an I-Mag video system was installed more than a decade ago. Although successfully serving the Cathedral for many years, the aging analog systems were routinely failing, with diminishing benefit to both the congregation and the Cathedral’s growing online community. The Cathedral was looking for a Video System Enhances Worship

Working closely with Cathedral staff, Diversified developed the Nave video upgrade project to replace the aged analog systems, upgrade to high definition video, improve the local worship experience, and significantly improve the quality of the Cathedral’s online streaming services. The upgrade also included a new, highly flexible fiber infrastructure, enabling a broad range of camera and display positions throughout the Nave, delivering dramatically improved coverage of both regular and special events each year.

Key to the success of this project was Diversified’s unique ability to seamlessly integrate modern video technology into the gorgeous and historic architecture of the Cathedral Nave. Through a series of progressive design refinements, the Cathedral and Diversified team were able to meet the lofty operational and aesthetic goals for the new video systems. Their determined collaboration delivered a powerful, yet low profile, HD video system for the Cathedral’s rapidly growing production requirements.

With rave reviews from both staff and the congregation, Diversified helped the Cathedral leverage the best of today’s leading-edge video technology and is receiving exceptionally positive feedback from the Cathedral’s expanding online viewing community. They’re simply loving it!

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Christ Fellowship

Christ Fellowship

LED Technology Upgrade for Church Campus Creates Intimate Worship Experiences

Diversified was engaged by Christ Fellowship in the first portion of what will be a multi-phase technology upgrade to their main broadcast campus in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The initial scope included an LED video canvas for the church stage, as well as stage lighting upgrades, associated video processing/scaling/media servers, and new monitor and broadcast audio consoles for the main auditorium.

Diversified assisted the church in evaluating several different LED wall manufacturer options, ultimately settling on 314 ROE Diamond series 2.6mm LED panels to create a giant canvas on stage over 8,400 pixels wide by 1,500 pixels tall – 72 horizontal feet of screen surface! Brompton Tessera SX40 processors provide scaling and image processing for the screen, along with a Green Hippo media server and Barco E2 canvas management provided by Diversified. The church carried out the installation of the screen themselves with remote support from the technology solutions provider and the result is truly stunning.

Stage lighting improvements are anchored by Robe BMFL Spot fixtures that Diversified helped the church source directly from another client who wanted to move in a different creative direction for their stage, as well as GLP Impression X4 20 Bar’s, Martin MAC Quantum washes, Chauvet Rogue R2 washes, Elation CuePix Blinder WW2’s, and Chauvet Ovation F-915VW fresnel fixtures. Combined with an existing inventory of Chauvet EPIX LED strips and various Colorado LED par cans, the result is a cohesive lighting design with multiple layers that allows the church to create intimate, detailed looks as well as big and epic room-filling experiences based on whatever moment is being created on stage.

Christ Fellowship has standardized on Avid S6L consoles for their larger worship spaces such as the Gardens Campus. Diversified supplied new S6L systems for both monitors and broadcast, which proved extremely valuable as the global pandemic caused the church to quickly pivot from in-person to strictly online gatherings for several months in 2020.

Whether responsible for turnkey end-to-end project integration or working alongside a talented staff team and simply filling in their gaps to ensure they achieve their goals, Diversified is at its best helping churches like Christ Fellowship fulfill their unique mission in their community.

Passion City Church | 515

Passion City Church | 515

AV Installation for a Lasting, Dynamic Worship Experience

Born of the Passion Movement, a decades-old movement among young adults aged 18-25, what began with a stirring in the hearts of Louie and Shelley Giglio has grown to become a culture-shaping church where Jesus is the lead story told through AV installation for a lasting, dynamic worship experience. In addition to their locations in the Atlanta and Washington, DC metro areas, Passion City is part of an organization also behind the present-day Passion Conferences and Six Steps recording label. Songs and messages created out of this movement have impacted people all over the world.

Diversified was engaged to help Passion establish their first permanent gathering site at 515 Garson Drive in Atlanta, GA. During the design and build of the facility, the church team was busy holding conferences and worship events many time zones away. Diversified coordinated design reviews and other communications with their schedule so that when the facility was being constructed, they were confident that the systems fit into a well-defined and documented design.

Located in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, the technology systems were expected to match the “world-class” experiences that Passion is known for and the results became a trend setter for the larger Christian church world. Diversified’s scope in this original facility included the video system, a unique 3:1 aspect ratio projection screen utilizing edge blended Barco projectors on a 39’ x 13’ screen centered above the stage that quickly became an example many other churches around the world patterned their spaces after, a production matrix intercom, as well as overall project management of all technical trades involved in building the facility.

Fast forward to today and Diversified is still trusted by Passion City Church with AV installation for an elevated worship experience all these years later to keep the presentation fresh and relevant, working alongside the church’s talented creatives to enable their dreams with the best current tools and workflows. Diversified has recently assisted Passion with a rehang of the existing loudspeaker system, incorporating outfill arrays to improve the audio experience in conjunction with the recent conversion of seating from flat floor to a stadium seating design. Diversified has also been intimately connected to their transition from projection to LED video walls, assisting with both the panels themselves as well as the addition of video servers and canvas management to their workflow. Additionally, Diversified assisted the church’s team in the transition of the original broadcast cameras to new Panasonic cinema cameras, elevating the content broadcast to the world from this facility to an entirely new level of quality and inspiration.

Long-term relationships are at the foundation of everything Diversified is about. It is an honor to continue to be welcomed into the decision-making circle of world changers like Passion City Church as they use their gifts to impact their city and the world.

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Fairhaven Church | Centreville

Fairhaven Church | Centerville

Production System Upgrade Elevates Church’s Message and Reach, Further Empowering Its Mission

Fairhaven Church is a multi-campus church with five locations throughout the Dayton metropolitan area. Diversified was engaged to provide a complete production system upgrade to their broadcast campus in Centerville, OH as part of a larger renovation of the auditorium—a campus which serves as the hub for weekly online broadcasts as well as creating live message content that is broadcast via public internet to the other locations for simulcast during those worship services.

Fairhaven prioritizes leveraging technology as a tool to engage their community and the stakes for this investment could not have been higher. What’s more, the church sought long-term tools that would serve the ministry for at least a decade, building in flexibility to allow the system to grow and expand in the future as creative goals morph and expand.

This multi-discipline church production system project was comprised of a new loudspeaker system and audio infrastructure, broadcast video system including a new control room, machine room, GFX computers and video servers, new lensing for existing cameras, production matrix intercom, stage lighting system including new fixtures, console, and DMX control infrastructure, production network backbone, LED video wall scaling and canvas management system for existing LED video panels, acoustic treatment, color changing house lighting, and production rigging and power.

Regardless of the significant scope for either a new construction or renovation, this project was made infinitely more complex by the fact that the renovation would be completed in real time while the church continued to meet in the space every weekend throughout. Diversified’s project management team provided overall project coordination for not only the technical scope but also the other construction elements such as new seating, painting of both the walls and ceiling, a new front of house booth construction, and other various details that all came together to support the reimagined space. This ensured that the project was completed on time with the least disruption to the church’s operations throughout the process.

This completed system went online just several months before the global pandemic, providing the church with the exact tools they needed to not miss a step as public gatherings were halted and they moved to a 100% online ministry model. Ultimately, Diversified worked closely with the church to maximize their investment with spirited conversations along the way, weighing the pros and cons of necessary value engineering steps for the production system. The result has elevated Fairhaven Church’s message and reach, empowering their mission to help people in the community.

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Cherry Hills Community Church

Cherry Hills Community Church

Church Finds a New Sense of Mission that Critical Technology Upgrade Helps Achieve

Like many faith communities, Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado found a new sense of mission amid the pandemic. With so much adaptation and innovation today, AV has become a critical tool. The church had been planning a technology upgrade before the coronavirus hit, due to the sheer age-related state of their cameras. The priority of the upgrade would be a more cinematic style to the music-driven services. This commitment to inspiring visuals only increased in importance as world events took hold.

Diversified partnered with the church to assemble a range of cameras, from ENG style and robotics to PTZ, that would represent a long-term investment and share a common visual style – one that invokes rich colors, depth of field, and focal nuances typically associated with a more cinematic style. An upgrade that initially focused on IMAG became equally important to both in-person and remote audiences.

The Cherry Hills sanctuary is quite large, with some camera positions as far as 100 feet away from the stage, making 100% cinema or 100% broadcast cameras a difficult choice due to natural lensing strengths and limitations of both categories. In addition, as a six-day-a-week operation, the church needed tools that would stand up to the schedule and be part of the media toolkit for many years to come.

The answer for Cherry Hills was a holistic all-Sony investment comprised of a mix of HDC-3500 HDR studio cameras, Sony F55 HDR live cinema cameras, and Sony BRC-X1000 PTZ cameras, all with Fujinon lensing. “This is about mission and vision, for us—the biggest return we could get was from the cameras,” says Chris Thomas, Worship and Creative Arts Pastor for the church. “We started there because the congregation was going to see it, see results. If we had started with the router, or the switcher, I would not have received the response I did. It was immediately clear to people that something had dramatically changed.”

“We knew we wanted to improve the style and move towards the cinematic side of things,” he continues, drawing inspiration from the example of the legendary Hillsong Church, from movies and television, and from concert films like U2. “We couldn’t buy nine cameras that needed to be manned; we needed a range of cameras that could do different jobs and accommodate different levels of operator skill, or no operator. We wanted a single manufacturer that could provide cameras at all those levels and with an aesthetic that would remain consistent, and a technology partner that could service us both in this initial phase, as well as future phases to come as the rest of the video plant receives future upgrades. Sony and Diversified were the right choice for us.”

The response to the new cameras and content style has opened Cherry Hills’ future for both in-person and virtual outreach. The technology upgrade – pandemic or not – is elevating the worship experience for its community, helping them reach larger constituencies than ever before.

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Eastern Hills Community Church

Eastern Hills Community Church

Delivering an Award-Winning, High-Impact Church AV System on a Firm Budget and Aggressive Timeline

Diversified was approached by Eastern Hills Community Church in late January to fully transform their lighting and video systems in time for Easter – less than 3 months away! As the final phase of a 3 year long upgrade, the primary goals of the church AV system were to create a multi-layered modern theatrical lighting system with high color saturation that would be capable of a variety of looks and feels from the same design, alongside a center LED wall as a digital canvas to replace a 55” flat panel TV during teaching and repositioned IMAG side screens.

“The difference with Diversified’s process and team…fast, efficient and excellent. So good.”
Phil EuBank, Senior Pastor

So with a firm budget and aggressive timeline, the Diversified team went to work creating a design concept that would meet the church’s creative requirements.

The lighting system is centered around LED wash and spot fixtures for key light and stage design. Every fixture’s output can be repositioned from the console, easily enabling a variety of stage configurations as well as minimizing the total number of required fixtures. This allows for a smaller quantity of higher quality fixtures than would otherwise be possible.

The center digital canvas display is ground supported LED panels with processing and a media server that provides content to the screen, controlled by the church’s console. Diversified even added a “video cross” comprised of 7 LED panels as installation neared completion to help maintain focus on the crucial symbol but in a modern and fresh way. Its digital content flexibility enables the cross to match any stage design and has made it a favorite component of the finished system.

Successfully transitioning the room from the old, worn out system to the new one ahead of schedule, the Diversified team was able to give the church staff 2 extra days for training and programming to prepare for the first services with the new system.

The project received the WFX 2019 Solomon Award for Best Design and Installation of Video Display or Lighting Design (801 – 2,000 seats) and the church’s leadership team highly praised the system’s impact on their worship environment, as well as the fact that it didn’t come alongside any debt.

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2019 WFX Solomon Award for Best Design and Installation of Video Display or Lighting Design