Church Design for the First Southern Baptist Church in Pratt Kansas
Walthall & Associates Inc. is a design consulting firm for audio, video, automation-control and production lighting solutions, specializing in religious facilities, performing arts and sporting venues. Chuck Walthall has been in the audio-visual industry for 30 years. For the first 16+ years, he was designing, selling and installing AV systems until he established Walthall and Associates 15 years ago.
Chuck was recently contracted by the First Southern Baptist Church in Pratt Kansas to design audio-visual systems for a newly constructed worship space which will host the church’s weekly services. The space is designed to seat 500-600 and includes a full stage equipped with performance grade audio, video and lighting systems.
Walthall & Associates will define the system, do the initial budgeting, move from there into system design, specifications and construction documents, and then assist the church in finding a qualified contractor that will actually install the systems per their design.
The First Southern Baptist Church in Pratt Kansas is located in a rural populated area dedicated to agriculture. Chuck used a 3D model, created in Vectorworks, to visually express his initial design concepts. The 3D model included the loudspeakers, projectors, video screens, flat panel displays and floor pockets.
“We started with the 2-dimensional architectural plans, provided by the architect, and generated a full 3-dimensional model, to easily convey the recommended audio-visual technology.”
Following the initial design and 3D model, Chuck used connectCAD to document the audio-visual systems in schematic form and immediately was able to formulate an estimated budget. “connectCAD allows to accurately generate initial system designs and quickly formulate an opinion of probable cost, within minutes” said Walthall.
The new worship space at First Southern Baptist Church in Pratt Kansas, is a “Builders for Christ” project; constructed by over 180 volunteers workers during the summer weeks. The new worship space is expected to be complete in the fall 2015.