12Stone Church in Gwinnett County, Georgia, founded as Crossroads Church by Kevin Myers in 1987, opened the doors this year to its new campus. The 105,000-square-foot building provides 2,600 seats in the main sanctuary, a 600 seat high school worship center, a 300-seat middle school worship center, two additional worship centers for younger children as well as film and recording studios and a full-service Starbucks café. The main sanctuary has a semicircular auditorium with graduated staircases, so that no seat is too far from the stage.
12Stone selected the lighting experts from Atlanta based Television Production Service (TPS) to complete the production lighting experience they were searching for. TPS worked alongside the selected 12Stone staff to provide the church with a very versatile production lighting system. Gerriets International provided a 45-foot-wide x 30-foot-high mega screen with an opera white front projection screen. "At 12Stone they perform very elaborate and extraordinary dramatic performances. Projection plays a huge and important role", says TPS Sales Manager Derek Cook. Projection is displayed throughout the churches individual venues, including the main sanctuary, high school auditorium, middle school auditorium, elementary school auditorium, and pre-K auditorium.
In addition, Gerriets provided velour drapes, borders and masking. The projection screen masking curtains (11-feet high by 21-foot wide) are installed on curved curtain tracks. "This track system is most sturdy and silent system that I have ever used, and it also assembles easy", explains Derek Cook.
All drapes are made from inherently flame-retardant black velour with 50 percent fullness. Gerriets manufactured and installed drapes for the sanctuary, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and high school stages. All in all they handled about 2,000 yards of velour for this project.
"The installation went great. Gerriets' staff provided excellent onsite evaluations of measurements, provided timelines and followed up with a smooth installation," summarizes Derek Cook.