Ahh, the Bay Area… the tech capital of the US.

It’s such a heavily populated area that many churches there have come to fruition out of older, more historical buildings. Menlo.Church is no exception. Menlo had a strong desire to use new technology and keep things modern without disrupting these older, more traditional spaces. This takes a lot of coordination, planning, visualization and ultimately, care for preservation.

Take their San Jose campus; it was an old movie theater owned by a separate church that Menlo later merged with. The movie theater was transformed into a church by installing a full AVL system with an L-Acoustics KIVA system, an entire Martin Professional Lighting rig, as well as redoing the kid’s rooms and the video and lighting systems in the lobby. For Menlo’s Saratoga campus, we worked with them on their A-frame building with a large stain glass window as the centerpiece of the auditorium. This made using traditional projection difficult because the room gets flooded with natural light. To remedy this, we installed a pristine 9-foot tall LED wall and we added wash up lighting to bathe the entire frame in color.

We look forward to working with the Menlo.Church team with whatever A-Beamed, movie theater, or historical buildings they may come across in the future.