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CSD relies on Chauvet for Grace Bible’s Creekview campus

CSD relies on Chauvet for Grace Bible’s Creekview campus

CSD relies on Chauvet for Grace Bible’s Creekview campus


Work on Grace Bible Church‘s new 4,180m2 Creekside campus has been completed by specialist house of worship integrator CSD Group. Church leaders had hoped that the new space would be in full use by the congregation by Spring 2020, however the pandemic brought those plans to halt back in March. CSD Group was tasked with providing a state-of-art AVL solution, selecting a range of Chauvet Professional fixtures to bring the new lighting rig to life.

For years, Grace Bible Church had been looking to build a new facility to house its growing congregation based to the southeast of the city. With the pandemic now in full force and as the construction crew continued to work on completing the campus, worshippers waited patiently for the restrictions on public gatherings to be eased. On 2 August, more than two years after viewing the architect’s plans, congregants entered the new church for services, following social distance guidelines.

What greeted them was a modern worship space with a semi-circular thrust stage, expansive windows, gently curved walls with attractive stone facades and an advanced LED lighting system capable of rendering a rainbow of colours, while also providing smooth, even key lighting for even the most sensitive cameras.

Developed around a varied collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures, the lighting rig is made up of a collection of fixtures and includes 10 Ovation E-160 WW ellipsoidals on the front bar. The placement of these was determined with the idea of providing camera-friendly key lighting for the pastor as well as bands and other people who appear on stage. A collection of 12 COLORado 1 Quad fixtures were positioned on the second bar for face light upstage and on a grid for preacher position back lighting. CSD selected the RGBW COLORado units for their colour rendering capabilities as well as their output, which is high enough to stand up against the two large video walls that flank the stage.

Also included in the rig are seven COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 uplights for the upstage wall washes, as well as 10 Rogue R2X Wash units, eight of which are flown over the stage in a grid, while two are hung on the front bar. A Net-x II node is also used at the church to control inputs.

“The church had an eye toward the future when they talked to us about plans for the lighting system,” said David McCauley, CSD Group principal. “They understand how important broadcasts and streaming have become, so they wanted to get more into colour on stage here than they are at their two other campuses. They also appreciated how important it was that the colours created by their lighting system show up well on camera. Our goal was to provide the most broadcast-friendly looks possible with a system that is versatile, yet simple and impactful.”

In the early phases of using the new lighting system, the stage lighting and key lighting have met the church’s high expectations, while the specials created with the moving features have even exceeded them. “Everyone loves the versatility of the Rouge R2X Washes,” added McCauley. “They’ve been genuinely surprised at some of the looks they can achieve with such a small rig and are already thinking about upgrades to the older campuses as everyone sees how good this little rig can look, even with the large windows on each side of the room open.”

Completing a project in the midst of a pandemic not only required courage and faith on the part of the church itself, but also teamwork and cooperation among all those involved in this effort. “None of us could have planned for Covid-19,” concluded McCauley. “The team at the church, as well as the construction team of architects and builders really came together and kept the project moving safely forward. As with most projects there is give and take – and as always budget makes you rethink everything to make ensure that you can achieve the overall vision in a practical way.”

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