Grace Church - Eden Prairie, MN
In 2004 Norcostco installed the drape system that was originally conceived for the church but not installed at the time of construction. The curtain package provided both framing and masking for the the unique 94-foot-wide stage layout in the colossal 4,250 seat venue.
An integration of motorized movement and DMX controls brought curtain control to the lighting and sound operators. Preset looks and complex sequences were achieved by moving light style programming. Playback could be run live from the console but was primarily intended to be recalled on simple wall station buttons.
This project required coordination with 6 venders as well as mechanical and electrical solution design in the field. The end result was a melding of the original architect’s concept, Schuler Shook’s design, manufacturer capabilities and limitations, and the realities of a construction site that was not adapted to the requirements of the equipment.
Scope: Provide motorized curtains for main and mid-stage curtains as well as side-stage masking.
Venetian Main with 16 lift points
Mid-stage Bi-Parting Traveler
2 Side-stage Masking Travelers
Upstage Catwalk Border
Downstage Heat Barrier Border
20 ADC provided gear motors
Wybron Motivator DMX motor controllers
Entertainment Technology Horizon Gold interface with button stations
Pathway DMX management
Various optical sensors and encoder devices
ADC Patriarc Track
JR Clancy Loft Blocks and Truss Battens
Owner: Grace Church
Architect: Hammel Green and Abrahamson
Consultant: Schuler Shook