There’s More Than 1 Way to Use That Rendering!

Created by Voigt Creations, NACDB Member

Created by Voigt Creations, NACDB Member

Written By: Bart Voigt, Voigt Creations, NACDB Member

Visuals have always been a part of the design/renovation process. Today that form encompasses 3D rendering in addition to the traditional means. (But that’s really an understatement.) 3D rendering has become the primary means for architectural visualization across the globe.

Traditionally only very large projects had the capital to make use of renderings for the visualizing process – this is no longer the case. Every major architectural design application has some form of 3D visualization built-in. There are also additional applications that can provide a simple representation of a project at minimal cost. Even the higher-end 3D rendering applications have advanced to the point where a project no longer needs a high-end budget to allow for a high quality pre-construction representation of the project.

What Rendering to Request

When considering what type of rendering to request, the cost of that rendering is secondary to the value it will provide to the project. A high quality representation will go a long way to answering a lot of questions about the scope and design of a project. When properly developed and presented, a rendering can serve to relieve fears and concerns about design decisions.  More importantly, it allows everyone to see the same vision. Every project has those “I didn’t think THAT was going to be there.” moments upon completion. Renderings can go a long way to preventing misunderstandings and fostering discussions for the project committees and congregation.

To accomplish this, renderings need to be presented early in the process. Typically early process renderings are low in detail and represent only the information that is being discussed at that time. Once all the major decisions have been made a very high quality can be produced, typically through a professional 3D artist, which shows all of the fine details.

The final rendering should be true to life with accurate lighting, materials, and architectural details for the best overall result. The purpose of a rendering is twofold: First, to provide an accurate impression of the design intent; and second to foster excitement for the project to help in fundraising.

Given the nature of 3D renderings, it can be very easy to reverse those two points and present something that is substantially more impressive than what is actually designed or intended, which can bring in funds, but results in a demoralized congregation when it is all said and done. Sometimes this can be simply an oversight, such as forgetting to include an A/C enclosure or exposed piping. (Which is why it’s important use an artist that understands the entirety of the process, and how much of an impact renderings can have.)

If a project has good support from the congregation, addresses necessities, and has a good overall design, you will have the support you need and details in the renderings will be properly understood. When you finally present to the congregations and ooo’s and ahh’s are heard, you’ll know your renderings were worth it.

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Voigt Creations is a member of the National Association of Church Design Builders(NACDB), whose goal is to serve the church as experts in the educational process, the architectural design and construction of church related facilities.

Consider More Than the Sound of That System

In a recent interview Doug Hood, President of CSD Group, Inc., offered a behind the scenes glimpse into considerations that influenced the design of our Fellowship Missionary Church project. On first glance AVL System design appears to be about noise, imagery and how bright you can make the stage, but Doug gives great insight into the broader thinking that characterizes CSD’s commitment to realizing the customer’s full vision.

Interviewer Roger Maycock describes Fellowship Missionary Church as, “a multi-cultural, multi-generational, mission-minded church that is deeply involved in the community, [taking] a contemporary approach to its worship services in an effort to bring greater relevance to its congregation.” (Click here to read the full article by Roger Maycock)

Importance of Aesthetics

CSD had the privilege of partnering with Fellowship on the construction of a new chapel facility. The space seats about 500 and is designed as a multi-purpose venue for concerts, special events, guest speakers, classes, weddings and funerals. Doug describes the considerations that went into the AVL design for the project

“For this installation, we wanted the system to be as streamlined as possible. That meant going with a self-powered setup so as to minimize cabling while eliminating the need to find storage for a rack of unsightly power amplifiers. Given these criteria, the WorxAudio TrueLine X5i-P installation line array and TL218SS-P subwoofers fit the specifications of the job perfectly.”

“The equipment’s built-in power amplifiers simplified the signal chain and the X5i-P’s single cabinet, multiple line array form factor gave us a very clean install, which was important to the design team. We purchased the arrays unfinished and the client custom painted the enclosures to match the décor of the room.”

Build Toward Your Vision

Doug’s comments bring out the importance of more than technological performance in the design of your congregation’s AVL system. Aesthetics and the consideration of the broader vision for the space make some determinations for you. In church settings it is important to remember that worship, community, and spiritual growth are all functions of experience not events. Technology serves the experience and should, in most cases, be transparent.

When planning your next AVL project consider a consultant that integrates more than technology, but considers all facets of your larger vision. Technology should enhance your experience, not distract from it.

CSD is a Corporate Sponsor of NACDB. Contact Doug Hood today to discuss your vision.

Used with permission, Custom Sound Designs, Inc. Indianapolis, IN. 2013. To view the original post, click here

Where did the Church Library Go?

Granger Community Church, DJ Construction

NACDB’s DJ Construction built this facility for Granger Community Church.

Where Did the Church Library Go?

Written By: Enos Yoder, DJ Construction, NACDB Member

So many changes have occurred in the structure of the church in the last decade. Not just physically like multi-site or mega churches, but also in a generational sense. Expectations and use of spaces are continuing to evolve, and it seems that in the shuffle, we might have lost the church library.

Every inch of usable space is vital for growing congregations. In many cases the church library occupies prime space – either the room is needed for another purpose or the walls need to come down for the remodeling project.

When was the last time you checked out a book from your church library?  The days of small, windowless rooms with shelves and shelves of donated books, cataloged and dusted monthly are coming to a close. With so many changes in technology and demand, it rarely makes sense that a growing congregation would be able to sustain that library structure.

So the question is: where do we put it, and what does it look like?


Where do we put it?

The library is intended to be a source of education and encouragement to people in all walks of life. But it cannot be that source if it never reaches the crowds. The challenge in today’s climate is to bring the books to the people, not the people to the books.

We should put the library where the people already are. Where do they gather before or after services? Are they technically savvy? Do you have a location that is open for more that just services?

What does it look like?

This answer will depend on your church style and building constraints. Many churches libraries have evolved to feel like a hybrid of Barnes & Nobel and Starbucks, with audio of the services available for purchase just minutes after the services end. They also have the latest in other types of media available for purchase and areas to sit and read while sipping a latte.

Some others have online stores, where you can purchase books, ebooks, CDs and download seminars and other audio.

There are also kiosks available for uploading book club information and payment options (much like kiosk tithing).

So perhaps the church library isn’t lost after all – it’s just changing to fit the demands and expectations of the ever-evolving congregation. And it still remains a source of source education and encouragement.


We want to hear from you!

We would like to know how your church library has evolved and what new techniques you are using to fit the demands of your congregation. How do you manage transition, volunteers, content management, storage, etc.? How do you “take it deeper” by providing a service?

Leave us a message below or email with comments/questions.

DJ Construction is a member of the National Association of Church Design Builders (NACDB), whose goal is to serve the church as experts in the educational process, the architectural design and construction of church related facilities.