The Refuge

Charlotte, North Carolina

Wave VenueFLEX Room

Full AVL Design with Surround System/Acoustic Design/Modeling and Room Shape. Concourse Design with LED lighting, Multi-media and Creston Control, Stage and Lighting Design, HD projection system. HD Sony Video Broadcast system.

Our Approach

How do you make a budget of less than $1 Million look and feel like a Million dollar room? This is how. WAVE worked extremely diligently to stretch every dollar that the Refuge had so that the team at the refuge could have as many tools as possible to do ministry. WAVE listened, figured out the unique things that made The Refuge feel like The Refuge, and then we got to work. With a full VenueFLEX design, this room sounds amazing! Factor in the stage with a wide screen and brilliant lighting, and you start to understand the immersive experience that is Sunday at The Refuge.

Audio Design

Audio Design

The main auditorium features a high-impact audio system, providing VenueFLEX surround sound in every seat.  This extends to the broadcast audio control, distributing multi-channel sound to remote campuses and internet viewers.

Acoustic Design

The acoustics of the space are optimized to enable contemporary worship, with tight bass and high-impact audio. Noise control was key in this design, providing a quiet, controlled environment for live recording and broadcast.

Video Design

Video Design

Dynamic visuals are provided by a large upstage projection screen.A full HD broadcast production system allows high-quality capture of services for distribution to remote campuses and internet viewers.  Media servers provide automated playback and content management across the system.

Lighting Design

Lighting Design

The lighting rig is solid mixture of LED sources and traditional ellipsoidal fixtures, providing color mixing as well as significant operational savings. The house lighting is an LED system providing color mixing in the entire space. All house and architectural lighting is integrated into the control system, with full color mixing throughout the audience, breaking down the “fourth wall” and immersing the audience in color.

Multisite technology

A real-time contribution encoder system is provided to allow low-latency transport of video which is transported to satellite campuses. A hardware encoder pushes live content to internet viewers.

Full Campus Design

WAVE’s AVL design extends outside the main auditorium and into the facility as a whole.  A show-control system provides an immersive experience throughout the concourse, integrating digital signage, color-changing LED lighting, and audio through multiple zones.  The same design strategy extends into the Children’s space and throughout the offices.

Information Technology

The entire WAVE AVL system is integrated into a WAVE-designed enterprise IT network, supporting both the real-time production uses and the office user and server systems.  WAVE implemented a fully-intelligent wireless network, and coupled the entire facility to the internet and to a dedicated fiber-optic network between campuses.