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Cornerstone Christ Chapel

Cornerstone Christ Chapel

Completed September 2015

John S. Hyatt And Associates Inc. supplied, installed, and designed the plot for Theatrical Lighting and Rigging for Christ Chapel. We worked along side the Electrical Contractor (Circuit Electric), Cornerstone University and the consultant to achive a versitile space. Christ Chapel is completely LED fixtures with state-of-the-art Lighting Control.

The space has Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) fixtures, processing and relay control. This is one of the first completed ETC Source Four Series 2 fixtures, controlled with ETC's Echo panels and building control through ETC's Paradigm system. Christ Chapel has 108 LED fixtures to help combat the East and West sun throughout the day, while still allowing the beautiful stain glass windows to be completely exposed.

In addition to the lighting, JSHAA supplied and installed 4 banner hoists. These hoists allow Cornerstone University to change their banners with ease and without the use of a ladder.

Christ Chapel Unvailing Article

September 11, 2015

$14M Christ Chapel to be unveiled at Cornerstone University

By Brian McVicar

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Cornerstone University will officially dedicate its new $14 million chapel on Monday, a ceremony in which students will get their first look inside the 1,450-seat building.

Officially known as Christ Chapel, the building was funded entirely through donors and represents the first time Cornerstone has had its own building dedicated to worship. Bill Knott, vice president for donor relations, said the chapel is "a statement of what our values really are."

"Spiritually, there's nothing that really demands that you have one space over another, and you can worship effectively outside, you can worship in a warehouse, in a gym, or in a sacred space," said Knott, who noted that prior to now Cornerstone held chapel service in its gymnasium. "I think what it says, though, is how important something is to a given place, to a given institution, what its values are."

The chapel, 65 feet at its highest point, also boasts four, 26-foot tall stained glass windows, each depicting a different biblical scene, such as the baptism, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, Knott said. The windows were created by Danish artist Peter Brandes for $1.2 million.

"They are powerful," Knott said.

In addition to a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony for students, faculty and staff, Cornerstone is also opening the chapel to the public at 6:30 p.m. Monday for an open house.

Residents will have an opportunity to tour the chapel and attend a 7:30 p.m. presentation by Cornerstone President Joseph Stowell and Brandes, who will talk about the chapel and the creation of the windows.

A 6,000-square-foot addition to Gordon Music Building – which was built in the 1960s – will house studios, practice space, faculty offices. The building, adjacent to the chapel, has long needed an upgrade and expansion, officials said. With the music building renovation included, the total project cost is about $15 million.

© 2015 Grand Rapids Press




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