Rock Lititz Studio, the first building on the planned 96-acre Rock Lititz tour/live production campus, opened Saturday with a celebratory event.
Lititz, PA (September 22, 2014)—When Clair Global and Tait Towers partnered to build a 96-acre campus in the countryside of Lititz, PA, just down the way from both companies’ headquarters, they envisioned a home for some of the industry’s top vendors and resources, so producers could come and develop a tour before heading out on the road. The result was Rock Lititz, and on September 20, co-owners Adam Davis and Michael Tait of staging and automation vendor Tait Towers, and Troy Clair of live production sound company Clair Global officially opened the facility Saturday with a symbolic ceremony, joined by 500 professionals, friends and family.
The 52,000-square-foot facility rises 80 feet to the grid, with a rigging load capacity of one million pounds.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this,” Davis told Pro Sound News at the grand opening ceremony on Saturday. “This really is the beginning of creating a world class facility for innovation.” Tait was equally effusive, adding, “This cannot fail—The design, the location, everything about it is what clients are looking for.”
The building, Rock Lititz Studio, provides touring professionals with a 52,000-square-foot facility to design, assemble, program and test large-scale tour set ups without having to rent out a similar-sized arena. Reportedly the tallest purpose-built rehearsal facility in the world, Rock Lititz Studio also provides a rigging load capacity of one million pounds, to give clients a realistic test site for their tours. Other aspects of note include the grid 80 feet above the floor; eight 400 amp, 3 phase show-power hookups at 120/208 volts; parking for 90 cars and a staging area for 30 trucks; and production vehicle access to WiFi and 20 amp plug-ins. The Studio offers a variety of additional amenities, from a large catering kitchen and both indoor and outdoor dining areas, to dressing rooms, a separate production office and an additional rehearsal room. WiFi is provided in all areas.
Brian LeVine, director of Project Management with Tait Towers, said the facility provides services that aren’t readily available at the moment. “For us, as shows get bigger, we outgrew the facilities to test at before shipping; It’s huge for us to have this site to test at,” LeVine said.
Rock Lititz Studio is reportedly already seeing an outpouring of clients, with the entire month of October already booked, LeVine added.