McCauley Sound Befriends CSVS
Friendship Village Expands with the Help of Charlotte Sound & Visual Systems
Back in April 2004, the Ministries of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (established in 1890 in Charlotte, North Carolina) embarked on an ambitious building program to develop a complex named “Friendship Village”. The church’s vast campus is the centerpiece of the community, and the core of the congregation’s mission work. When the entire project is completed, Friendship Village will encompass an incredible array of facilities, including: the main Sanctuary for services; a Fellowship Hall for events; an Administration and an Education wing; a certified Child Development Center and a Family Life Center; a Health and Wellness Center, an Alzheimer's Center and hospice facilities; multi-level housing for seniors; a gymnasium and indoor and outdoor recreational facilities (with walking/jogging trails, tennis courts, and fields for soccer, softball and football); plus landscaped grounds featuring plazas, courtyards, extensive parking, and even a pond!
Friendship—a tithing church—strives to serve the local community and participates in numerous mission projects. Its theme for years has been: "Servants Affirming God's Word Globally." Many mission outreach programs have been established, such as the Youth Opportunity University, the International Studies Program, and the Music and Arts Ministry—which boasts a host of choirs (such as Church, Hymn, Men’s, Ladies’, and Children’s choirs), as well as a Handbell and Instrumental Ensemble. This is a vibrant, engaged congregation that worships, celebrates, performs, teaches and preaches, so the quality of the sound systems has been a vital factor in the expansion.
David Yockey, Chief Estimator of sales and design work for over 19 years at Charlotte Sound
& Visual Systems (CSVS), was called upon to help with the sound system installation. Also located in Charlotte, North Carolina, CSVS was the perfect company to partner with Friendship. Charlotte Sound & Visual Systems is a commercial sound and security systems integrator, specializing in audiovisual and church sound systems as well as CCTV, security card key access, and digital recorders. As a family-owned and operated business, CSVS takes pride in their work, and the company’s smaller size allows them to tailor specific solutions for their customers and give personalized service while holding down costs. Yockey and his team had previously helped take care of sound and video at the church’s other sanctuary nearby, known as Fellowship Hall.
In January of 2006, CSVS purchased a number of McCauley Sound's IN.LINE™ permanent installation line array modules for the upcoming expansion project, specifically 3x N60s, 7x N90s, and 2x N120s (12 total), all with the available white enamel finish. These 2-way, full-range, 1" x dual 8", 60Hz-18kHz line arrays weigh about 60 pounds each and have a 60°, 90°, or 120° horizontal coverage pattern. McCauley’s IN.LINE series is a high-performance, high-fidelity sound reinforcement system that can be combined in the same column to create seamless vertical coverage. The series also features a competitive price point which helps a contractor—such as CSVS—to win bids.
The equipment was purchased for a brand-new speaker/amplifier system to be installed in the new sanctuary. Yockey and the team from CSVS were chosen to work under the direction of Kirkegaard
and Associates–-consultants hired by Friendship who had designed the original CAD drawings and plans.
As Yockey observed, “Design build is usually easier to do on your own than to collaborate with several parties, but in this case, there was a lot of ‘give and take’ and Kirkegaard were good to work with. They had the plans all laid out for the speakers, including 12 aim points and degrees. A big job in a big sanctuary (it’s 3,000 square feet), and up high at 38 feet off the floor, taking into account the large balcony and the fact that the choir is situated behind the main pulpit. Kirkegaard took the big sound space and the acoustics of a larger venue into consideration and gauged it well. Although we had the option of putting in something different, the dimensions of the room, the height, the angles…it just seemed right to use McCauley Sound products. So we did, and everything fell right into place. For example, our order came in on time from McCauley as asked, which helped a great deal.
“The line array went up the first time in our home office building, and then we reinstalled it out on the job site, where the guys had no problems whatsoever. We built it piece by piece and installed it without a hoist, just one by one, top down. I supervised the crew as they put all 12 components up—including wiring the speakers—in about 4 hours, total! It’s been in a year now, and
there have been no problems. The church administrators and the attendees are happy with the sound. They hold three services on Sundays and have their own audio crew, including volunteers, and we’ve had no complaints. I would definitely recommend McCauley again, since all my previous experiences with their products have been good, too.”
Additional equipment that was installed on the project included a TT24 Mackie sound mixing board, QSC power amps, a bi-amp digital signal processor (DSP), EV4 choir monitors, Renkus-Heinz under-balcony speakers, Innovox audio for the front speakers, and AKG microphones. David Yockey finds that certain brands stand out, “Just like McCauley, everybody has a niche where they fit in, and even if we design build a system ourselves, it will usually have a bunch of different manufacturers’ products involved. Experience and expertise is important.”
Yockey is still on call, “They’re still adding things at Friendship Village, like the 42” plasma screens we just installed outside of the sanctuary to run bulletin boards. This is a big community church and it keeps growing. We’re just happy to be able to work on the project.”