As institutions of the people, churches often have humble origins. In 1977, the ALFC held its first service in a railroad union hall. By 2017, the non-denominational, multicultural church occupied a large, modern campus on the east side of El Paso. But the church was still growing and decided a new campus on the other side of town would save many congregants from a crosstown drive and offer new members a choice of worship locations.
Central to the new campus is the 1,800-seat, fan-shaped sanctuary. Churches often use LCR (left/center/right) systems to deliver praise music and, of course, the pastor’s words, but fan-shaped rooms pose a challenge to obtaining smooth coverage to all seats.
Integrator Michael Garrison Associates knew that ALFC had previously used distributed, horn-loaded systems, and wanted instead to install a system of modern design in order to attain even coverage while maintaining a low profile that would not interfere with sightlines to video screens, provide enough power to reach people in the furthest seats, and have the flexibility to adapt to the needs of different kinds of services and events.
As a final incentive, the church was concerned that a change in ownership at the manufacturer of their previous system might mean a more distant relationship, while the church prefers staying close to their technology vendors. EAW’s strong customer orientation was therefore quite attractive to them.