Every church has a culture, and Bayside Church values people coming together in a space and feeling a sense of energy and connectivity no matter how many people are attending. The trick was, their Blue Oaks campus had services with 100 people and up to 800 people. Our goal was to create an adaptive set up to allow groups of multiple sizes to use the same space and retain the same vivacity.
The scaling solution involved putting the stage, the proscenium, and overhead lights all on a track. Then we draped off the back of the building and side walls and had lighting zones. So then the church can put out 120 chairs out for the 100 people coming in and it looks like the room is filled. Within 10 minutes after the service, a team can pull the drapes back, use the track to push the stage deeper into the warehouse space, lock it down, and pull additional chairs out of side storage. Now they can set up for 500-800 people in the same room, depending on their needs.
This was one of 3 campuses that Visioneering was working on for Bayside, and we were restricted with what we could do to the outdoor space. So we brought the outdoors in. We wrapped one of the building columns to make it a tree and created a park space inside the building, complete with Adirondack chairs. It’s a high volume space that is like a town center with a village green. You can project movies on the walls, and café is located on one side.
One item that the outdoors needed was directional cues to get people from the parking lot, which is shared with a business center, and into the correct doors. At Visioneering, we don’t just want signs over doors—we’re big on creating portals to take you into a new realm. We did a skin over some scaffolding with internal lights so that even at nighttime you can find the entryway into this wonderful space to connect with the church family of Bayside.
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