A Design That Minimized Costly Demolition
Paragon’s design plan included some very basic cost-effective solutions that dramatically minimized demolition and reconstruction. “The existing, problematic choir loft was going to be cost prohibitive to fix,” stated Donnie Brawner, Paragon 360™ CEO. “We came up with a plan to block, hide and essentially wall off the old choir loft areas and then work in front of that space by creating a new background wall. With some minor modifications to the stage design, we were able to accommodate the necessary choir and orchestra members without having to utilize any of the old choir loft space. This design concept alone saved the church hundreds of thousands in the demolition of the existing choir loft.”
Paragon's new stage design included a custom built, scenic, wood/slat, illuminated 32’ wall that spanned 48’ across the stage that essentially blocked off the old choir loft area. The wall included doors for backstage access, two changeable graphic boxes, a center video screen, a recessed choir entrance/exit and an illuminated cross at the top. The wall is framed in metal banding work with four 45’ illuminated columns with matching wood treatments.
Paragon 360™ utilized its modular staaging with matching wood treatments to extend the stage at the corners and center providing a modular choir riser system for up to (90) people. The stage extensions and choir risers were surrounded in acrylic glass railings. The existing lighting system was also upgraded with some new fixtures as part of this project. Throughout the renovation, the church was able to continue holding services in the sanctuary. The new stage space was completed in early January 2014.