USA - Abundant Living Faith Centre (AFLC) of El Paso, Texas, recently opened the doors at a second site, located on the west side of town. The new building boasts a 2,000-seat sanctuary along with an Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) ADAPTive sound reinforcement system.
The church leaders called upon Michael Garrison Associates (MGA) of Fresno, California, to reprise their role as consultant, designer and systems integrator for the audio, video, lighting and acoustic systems the new satellite location required. MGA has worked closed with ALFC since 2004, when design began for a new facility for the church’s main east side campus. This project, with a 3,600-seat main sanctuary, was completed at the end of 2007.
The church’s project team stated from the start that the new sanctuary’s audio system must support the same “concert level” performance as was achieved for the main campus.
“There were limitations on the first project that we hoped to overcome this time around,” says Michael Garrison, president and principal consultant with MGA. “Back then, due to the building’s interior height, the necessary use of front-projection video screens and the loudspeaker technology of the day, it was only possible to provide the desired sound coverage and levels with a 3-faceted monaural line array system
“Traditional line arrays have inherent horizontal coverage limitations”, continues Garrison. “And with their necessary ‘J-hang’ (or constant curvature) configurations, you cannot add an adjacent hang to achieve wider coverage without