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CRC Church branches out in Johannesburg with DWR

CRC Church branches out in Johannesburg with DWR

CRC Church branches out in Johannesburg with DWR

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The culmination of 10-month project, a new 6,000-seat church in Fourways has been constructed by CRC Church to host its expanding congregation after the church's original site, the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia, had reached full capacity. DWR Distribution was enlisted to help fit out the new space with AV and lighting equipment, installing a grandMA3 compact lighting console, 64 Robe lighting fixtures, an Absen DWP3.9mm screen, Prolyte trussing, an L-Acoustics Kara sound system and a DiGiCo SD12 audio console. DWR was responsible for the full technical supply, including power distribution, but excluding the house lighting and cameras.

The CRC Church is led by Pastor At Boshoff and already has two branches in Bloemfontein, a massive auditorium in Pretoria and 90 satellite meeting points where services are broadcast each week. While the CRC buildings are similar to each other, they are not exactly the same. Having supplied the previous locations, DWR could come up with a solution to meet the technical needs of the Fourways branch. While the church will ultimately seat 6,000 people, the system has been set out in phases and a basic infrastructure has been put in place for future growth.

The wedged-shaped auditorium has steeply-raked seating leading down to the main stage, where the focus is a large high-resolution screen comprising of 336 panels of Absen DWR P3.9mm. A half circle H40 Prolyte Truss is positioned above the audience and close to the stage, with additional B100RV and S52SV ground truss supporting the Absen screen. ‘The B100 truss allows for four tons of loading, which helps provide loading capacity in the roof for lighting and audio,’ explained DWR’s Robert Izzett, who led the project. ‘Ten Prolyft Aetos 1,000kg motors provide safe lifting of equipment.’

The stage wash is provided by 24 Robin Tarrantulas, a multi-purpose LED beam, wash and effects fixture, 24 Robin ParFect 150s, a static LED source ACL beam, and 36 F1 high power RGB Par Black. Twelve Robin Pointes and four Robin CycFX8 create additional beams and sweeping movement effects. The lighting system is run on an MA Lighting grandMA3 compact console, which offers volunteers using the desk the full system benefits of the grandMA3 system in a smaller and lightweight format.

The new audio setup at CRC sees a SD12 positioned at front of house, an SD9 at monitors and a SD9 for broadcast, complete with SD-Rack. An L-Acoustics Kara System provides reinforcement throughout the auditorium.

‘The end result was awesome with CRC Johannesburg instantly recognisable as a “CRC Church” but filled with new technology,’ Robert concluded. ‘Our thanks extend to Pastor At and the CRC team for trusting DWR to pull off this amazing project.’

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