Why City Station?
The vision for City Station began several years ago.
Pastor Shannon Lovelady and several members of Southern Hills Church located in Carrolton, Georgia came to a saddening realization: Churches, though full of life on a couple of days of the week, sit completely empty the rest of the time.
This posed a question:
Why waste millions of dollars on the mortar and steel to build a bigger church, when you can build something much bigger for the community instead?
What City Station?
City station is a unique center built by Southern Hills Church with the support of the Solomon foundation in an effort to change an entire city & 5 Words Media is pleased to have been a part of it.
What intrigued 5WM about this project was the reality that while technically a church one day a week, City Station is so much more six days a week. The large 4 story structure was designed to be an open and interactive community center that truly matches up to its name.
City Station houses a church, gymnasium, restaurant, retail shop, multi-room conference center, fitness gym and 60 unit apartment complex all under one roof. While birthed from the heart of a church, the focus of the ministry is community in every way which poses several unique challenges from an Audio, Video & Lighting perspective.
So, What About the Media?
5 Words Media designed a flexible worship environment that features an amazing Electro-Voice EVA Line Array, Yamaha TF1 Digital Audio Console, Elation Lighting and NEC Digital DLP Laser Projection Systems. The Worship Auditorium doubles as a Gym, so 5WM went to great lengths to secure and protect all AVL equipment from damage when the space is used six days a week as a sporting venue.
A major component of the AVL systems installed were a full feature Conference and ballroom space featuring Crestron control, Electro-Voice speakers, LED Lighting system and one of the first Crestron NVX streaming video systems in the state of Georgia. This system ensures that the church can book each room to the community for scheduled events with an automated AVL system that practically runs itself. Custom programming, layouts and code were provided including on/off and remote management to the control system.
An auxiliary audio and digital signage system was provided throughout the facility allowing broadcast of program audio from auditorium events as well as the “City Station” radio channel throughout interior and exterior spaces as well as scheduled announcements, signage and Program video from the main auditorium. With future growth in mind, 5 Words media designed overflow spaces using the Crestron NVX system that will allow an additional 7 rooms to be used to broadcast the campus streaming video system as needed. City Station is ready to Go and Grow into what God has planned.
At 5WM, We Want to Say “Thank You” to Solomon Foundation
Without the funding, vision and great sacrifice of the foundation, Southern Hills Church, Peacock Architects, Ra-Lin Builders and everyone involved, the team at 5 Words Media would have missed out on a absolute joy of a project. We set out to partner with Southern Hills to build a church, but we built so much more and the CIty of Carrolton is forever changed. To God be the Glory!