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Atlanta’s SouthCrest Church on the Cutting Edge

Renovations part of church's vision to provide more opportunities to connect with families and young people

SouthCrest Church in Newnan, Ga., is a forward thinking church set in the unconventional location of a modern industrial park in the south suburbs of Atlanta. SouthCrest is also notable for its strong focus on reaching out to the community and young people in particular. Along with offering innovative programs for families and devoting an entire wing in its building to children's activities, technology has played a key role in helping the 1,600-member church accomplish this goal.

So when SouthCrest undertook a major expansion in 2012, two of its main objectives were to enlarge its youth facilities and to enhance the audio/lighting/video experience. The plan involved creating a new 700-seat main sanctuary in an unfinished portion of the building, and converting the church's existing sanctuary into a 500-seat youth worship center. Sharing space in the original section of the building are the children's wing, a 400-seat high school student room, and the church's offices.

"The build-outs, renovations and upgrades were all part of the church's vision to provide more opportunities to connect with families and young people," says Terry McCarthy Systems Designer and Chief Engineer at Advanced Systems & Technologies, LLC (AST), which provided audio/visual technology for the project,. "The church's focus has not been on an ecumenical or religious structure, but rather on a practical space dedicated to connecting with people via relevant color schemes and outstanding technology. Reaching people where they live."

AST designed and supplied the sound, lighting and video systems for SouthCrest's new main sanctuary and fully equipped video production suite. In addition, they provided a major tech upgrade for the student room and installed video signage on numerous displays throughout the facility. For the lighting systems, McCarthy used nearly 100 products from Elation Professional, along with 200' of trussing from its sister company, Global Truss America.

"With every stage lighting configuration that we design, there are many elements that we consider," added McCarthy. "First the basics three points of light: key light back light and fill. We also look closely at the stage plot before we determine the fixture and truss locations, laying out an optimum coverage of each upstage, downstage and front stage position. We then choose fixtures to create quality stage wash and spot locations for live performance and video recording. Simultaneously we look closely at the creative elements—color and effects. Elation's LEDs and intells provide great flexibility to achieve thousands of great looks at super competitive prices."

Trussing products from Global Truss America also proved well suited to the church's needs, according to McCarthy." Global Truss America is the perfect lightweight solution for church installs—many options to choose from, easily configurable and great customer support."

McCarthy noted that his company has had a long relationship with SouthCrest’s Worship & Arts Pastor, Matt McFadden, which was key. "Because of Matt's technical knowledge, and our 30 years of experience, the collaboration on this project was next level. Great teamwork and communication on every detail made this our most successful project to date.

For more information on the specific technologies used by this church, see an expanded article at ChurchProduction.com.

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