It was always in the plans to light the Capitol Center for the Arts’ Bank of New Hampshire Stage using the compact impression X4 atom fixtures from GLP, lighting the inside of the truss inside the venue to highlight the structures design. Their small size and zoom was perfect for this project. We wanted to have the zoom to be able to breathe life into the truss by incorporating subtle changes that the audience would begin to notice over time and allow the truss to take on a life of its own. The truss is internally lit using 12 of the versatile impression X4 atom fixtures.

The Truss structure was redesigned by Ron Kuszmar and Dan Bourgeois opting to switch the entire project to Cosmic Truss, after seeing the F34DNA at the LDI tradeshow in Las Vegas. Being compatible with the F34 box truss, this was an ideal choice and fit perfectly with the organic shape of the truss design.

Some of the project challenges were working in a building that was constructed in 1860. The building had a few renovations and upgrades over the years but the historic charm and character of the building were part of its appeal. This is why the walls are bare brick and the ceiling is exposed. Working with a wooden grid it was imperative that the main lighting position was as light as possible while allowing coverage of the entire floor and stage since the seating is retractable to open the floor for larger events. Since the ceiling is exposed the idea was to create a unique centrepiece that would be functional, lightweight, and visually appealing to help give the space its unique identity. The original design was very similar but with standard 12×12 box truss. The second the team saw the DNA truss at LDI 2018, they knew they were rewriting the plan as the DMA truss would provide that special something that you could not find anywhere else. It was no longer just a plain boring truss structure.

This venue is owned and operated by the Capital Center for the Arts and as such was designed to be a performance venue. Every thought about the design of the space revolved around the patron’s and artist’s experience. The goal was to create a truly unique and intimate venue that people would want to go to and artists would want to play at.