Church Achieves ‘Beauty for Ashes’ With Transformative AVL Install

Six-month project at Washington church comprised of Hitachi projectors, Chroma-Q houselights, CHAUVET Professional production lighting, L-Acoustics speakers, and a High End Systems HedgeHog 4 lighting console.

Church Achieves ‘Beauty for Ashes’ With Transformative AVL Install
Members of the congregation at Our Savior Lutheran Church stand during a recent worship service, with the projection provided by four Hitachi CPX-9111 projectors, each 10,000 lumens offering XGA resolution, with the sound provided by a series of L-Acoustics speakers, including ARCS Wide and ARCS Focus speakers, and lighting created by Chroma-Q Inspire RGBW houselights.

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Church Achieves ‘Beauty for Ashes’ With Transformative AVL Install

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Worship Facilities Magazine, November-December 2017
The November-December 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a review of the 49 New Product Award entries this year, as well as those entries up for Solomon Awards in 2017.
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TACOMA, Wash. – For some projects, the luxury of time is one that is simply not feasible.

Beginning from the early morning hours after Thanksgiving last year, to the day before Memorial Day six months later, Our Savior Lutheran Church’s staff and congregation experienced a full swing of emotions.

“We were able to come out of the tragedy with something better than we could have imagined.”

The church, which averages about 550 on Sundays, found itself in the midst of having to literally pick up the pieces, following a shocking series of arson fires that severely damaged its sanctuary and lobby last November.

Then, barely half a year later, on Sunday, May 28, the church reopened its doors for the first time since the tragic incident. The church’s complete transformation occurred at the same location it had used over the last 24 years.

Many of the changes are part of a renovation comprised of completely new audio, video and lighting equipment.

Matt Kees, Minister of Media and Technical Arts said that the church had in the months before the fire, begun looking toward making upgrades and changes to the church’s lighting and adding environmental projection. Those plans, though, were originally thought to be about two to five years out.

“(With what was) damaged in the fire, we had to replace (the church’s lighting),” he said. “We had been in conversations with CCI Solutions (in Turnwater, about a half-hour drive) about some upgrade possibilities.” The church’s plans, though, were quickly expanded, as there had been no audio system upgrade planned prior to the fires. The plans were then thrust on the fast track, noted Todd Gathany, the Systems Operations Director for CCI Solutions. “With what happened, it advanced the timeline a bit,” he said.

Over the ensuing months, the church largely worked toward replacing everything in their worship space by the Memorial Day weekend, other than its pews and the large cross stationed at the middle of the altar.

“The theme for our church during that time was ‘Beauty for Ashes.’ We were able to come out of the tragedy with something better than we could have imagined,” added Kees.

Featured in the install were four Hitachi CPX-9111 projectors, each 10,000 lumens offering XGA resolution, for environmental projection. Working with the projectors to facilitate the environmental projection in the space is the multi-display software, Dataton Watchout. In addition, a fifth projector, a Hitachi CP-WUX645N WUXGA 4,200-lumen projector, serves as a confidence monitor in the space.


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Worship Facilities Magazine, November-December 2017
The November-December 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a review of the 49 New Product Award entries this year, as well as those entries up for Solomon Awards in 2017.


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