We've partnered with Electro Acoustics, Martsoff Architecture, FPI Builders, and Acoustic Design Associates (collectively referred to as "Electro Acoustics"). These four companies all know each other very well, and regularly team up on projects. They are based in Ft. Worth, Texas.
The next graphics and renderings will give an idea of what plan was collectively agreed on by the Sanctuary Renovation Task Force, and Electro Acoustics. This is the plan that the congregation will be voting to approve on Sunday, October 9, 2016.
This photo shows our sanctuary as it exists today. It was built in 1985-1986, and has remained unchanged since that time. That's 30 years without any major updates! As technology improves, and worship styles change, we feel that it is time for us to consider this remodel.
In the first few meetings of the Sanctuary Task Force, we ironed out a list of goals, including enlarging the chancel area, providing more space for the handbell choir, and eliminating the choir benches in favor of chairs.
The design proposed by Electro Acoustics, in cooperation with FCC Plano's outlined goals, called for enlarging the overall usable platform space, to accommodate the handbell choir, expand the chancel area, pull up the carpet for better choir acoustics, and allow for contemporary service to share the same stage area without too much re-arranging.
To facilitate this, the first 2-3 rows of pews in the front of the sanctuary would be removed, as well the piano and organ placed on the same side of the stage. Both the piano and organ would be mobile (on casters) and could be moved depending on the event or performer's request. This would allow for a greater number of stage configurations and more flexibility overall.
This is an artist's rendering of what the proposed design would look like for both the traditional service and contemporary service.
The graphic also shows the relocation of the sound booth to the center front of the balcony. The existing sound booth will be utilized for closet space, cable storage, etc.
Additionally, a child monitor will be placed on the front edge of the balcony wall overhanging the congregation below. This supports the band and choir with song lyrics, or videos.