Renkus-Heinz System Featured at New Woodside Bible Church Campus

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Renkus-Heinz System Featured at New Woodside Bible Church Campus
After five-and-a-half years serving as a mobile church, the Lake Orion campus for Woodside Bible Church in southeastern Michigan recently moved to a new location, with a pair of Renkus-Heinz VARIAi array speakers being installed in the new sanctuary prior to its May 2015 opening.

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LAKE ORION, Mich. — For Woodside Bible Church in the metropolitan Detroit community, the church has over the years grown to serve a Contemporary Christian congregation across 12 campuses throughout southeastern Michigan.

One of those campuses, Lake Orion, originally opened its doors as a mobile church in 2009. But in those seven years, much has changed.

“For the first five-and-a-half years, we were meeting in a local middle school, using a portable JBL TLX music system,” said Mike Hutson, the tech director for the Lake Orion campus, who works regularly with the church’s sound system and speakers. Nearly a year ago, the church shifted to a new location, acquiring a site that previously had been a retail store.

After Advanced Lighting and Sound had installed Renkus-Heinz speakers at other locations, ‘they were quite pleased with the results, and so were their clients.’

Acknowledging that such a move had its own intricate series of challenges, Bob Sullivan, Principal of Advanced Lighting and Sound in Troy, Michigan, said about the 85,000-square foot spot, “Because it was a former retail space, there were a number of structural changes that needed to be made. There were issues with bringing power and other infrastructure to code, as well as a need to accommodate an existing set of escalators between floors.”

While work began at the Joslyn Road location in September 2014, it wasn’t until May 1 of last year when the first service was held, according to Hutson, who expounded on the extent of the work involved to convert the site as needed to a worship space.

“There were four different buildings built in different times, the first built in 1800, and the last in 1994,” he said. “It was a very complex renovation, not only because of the buildings, but also because of the upgrades to meet the updated building codes. In addition, there was some structural damage that we had to address,” before they could focus on configuring the worship center.

But once those issues were squared away, the installation of a pair of Renkus-Heinz VARIAi arrays was completed in the new sanctuary, which seats about 750.

“We had to rely on Advanced Lighting and Sound on this one,” noted Hutson. “We have 12 campuses, but at the time we had eight, but none of them had the Renkus-Heinz equipment installed. ALS, though, had installed them at other locations, and they were quite pleased with the results, and so were their clients.”


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