A Tale of Two Steeples in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
The steeples of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple and Cocody Côte d'Ivoire Stake Center are captured together in a new photograph taken from the northwest corner of the Church complex. The stake center was built in 2008–2009 with a grassy field in the rear that offered just enough space to construct a temple. Construction continues on both the temple and a Church services building that claimed a portion of the parking lot.
Plastering the Exterior Walls of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
Cored concrete block has been attached to the reinforced concrete exterior walls of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple over the past several months, creating recessed areas around the window openings that will later be filled with ornamental trim. Along the upper mid-section of the temple, the block is being plastered and coated to create a smooth surface. The Church services building being built next to the stake center is progressing alongside the temple.
Moroni Is Installed Atop the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
A uniquely colored statue of the angel Moroni was attached to the new steeple of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple today. Figures of the same angelic messenger were installed two days ago on the Richmond Virginia Temple and last month on the Pocatello Idaho Temple. On the west side of the temple, the grounds are being hardscaped, and temporary glass has been installed in the window openings to protect the work progressing on the interior.
Steeple Attached to the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
The Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple is preparing for its future mission, having grown a foot or two this week. The lattice-patterned steeple was hoisted into place by crane and secured to the concrete tower that sits over the entrance.
Preparing for Landscaping Around the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
An excavator has dug a sizable hole on the west side of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple, as crews prepare for the hard landscaping and supporting utilities that will be installed around the building. A base molding has been installed around the exterior of the temple as interior work moves forward. The concrete structure for the services building has been completed, and rough interior work has begun on some units.
Sunset at the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
The sun sets at the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple construction site, filling the sky with faint hues of yellow and blue. The temple sits high on a gently sloping hillside and will feature a tall pyramidal spire, making it a highly visible landmark in the neighborhood. Progress is being made on the interior including the plastering of walls. Construction began just over two years ago, and members eagerly look forward to its completion.
Construction of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple and Services Building
The exterior walls are in place for the services building under construction next to the stake center for the Cocody Côte d'Ivoire Stake. In front of the building sits a pile of pavers that were removed from the parking lot to make way for the structure. Behind the stake center, the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple continues to be built. To create a larger staging area, the construction barrier was relocated immediately adjacent to the sidewalk running along the rear side of the meetinghouse.
Plastering Underway Inside the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
Bags of plaster can be seen stacked inside the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple, which are being used to coat the interior walls and create a smooth surface. Concrete blocks are being set to form the exterior walls of the adjoining auxiliary building that will house a Distribution Center. Work at the temple is carefully inspected to ensure accuracy and quality.
Auxiliary Building at the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
At the end of 2019, a portion of the parking lot surrounding the stake center next to the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple was removed, and the tin construction barrier was extended to include this piece of land. For the past several months, construction has been underway on that ground of an auxiliary building that will house a distribution center and other Church-related offices. Structural concrete columns have been poured for the building, and metal posts are helping to support a growing roof structure.
Waterproofing the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
A black waterpoofing membrane is being applied to the exterior concrete walls of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple to provide protection against the high humidity of the country's coastal region. Crews have also been at work inside the building, which features a full basement level and main floor level. Local members hope to see the temple completed next year.
Tower Walls Poured for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
Construction of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple moves forward including the addition of the concrete tower walls that will support the heaven-pointing spire and help the sacred structure stand apart from the adjoining meetinghouse. Work has begun on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, as crews are roughing in air ducts.
Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple Tower Rising
The first section of concrete has been poured for the tower of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple, and forms and rebar are in place for the next pour. The tower will be topped by a tall tapering spire and a figure of the angel Moroni. Inside the building, concrete block walls are being constructed.
Concrete Block Walls Inside the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
The concrete structure for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple continues to grow behind the stake center for the Cocody Côte d'Ivoire Stake. Block walls are being erected inside the building, and raised concrete pillars have been poured from the tower to the rear of the building. Work continues on waterproofing and protecting the foundation, which is backfilled as the work is completed.
Backfilling the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple Foundation
The small mountain of red-colored excavation dirt that has sat next to the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple for the past several months is now shrinking in size, as earth-moving equipment backfills the completed foundation and brings the ground level with the stake center property. Interior structural support is visible for the raised portion of the building that runs directly behind the tower.
Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple Tower
Steel reinforcing bar and concrete forms have been installed in preparation for pouring the base walls of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple tower. Following a year of construction, the majority of the concrete exterior is completed. The exposed foundation will be backfilled, creating a slope on the west side of the temple and leaving the ground level with the stake center on the east side.
West Wall Parapets Poured for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
Concrete parapets have been poured along the west wall of the north-facing Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple, which is rising behind the Cocody stake center. In just ten days, the temple will celebrate its one-year groundbreaking anniversary. Over the past twelve months, the footings, foundation, and exterior walls have been constructed. In coming weeks, tower walls will rise over the north end of the building.
Setting Forms for the Parapets of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
A new video taken at the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple construction site shows workers setting forms for the parapets that will stand atop the main floor exterior walls and rise above the roof. Structural work remains to be done on the temple tower, and the foundation remains exposed.
Exterior Wall Progress at the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
Exterior walls for the main floor of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple are going up on top of the exposed foundation. Walls are in place on the west and south sides of the building, and concrete forms have set along the north side and northwest corner. Two columns of rebar can be seen rising over the north end of the foundation for the entrance walls that will sit underneath the temple's tower.
Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple Rises Above Construction Barrier
The concrete exterior walls for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple are now visible above the corrugated metal fence that separates the stake center property from the temple site. Forms are in place for the upper northwest corner walls, and rebar has been set for the upper west walls.
Preparing to Pour Floor Slab for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
Subcontractors can be seen working on top of the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple foundation. With the basement walls in place, a grid of rebar is being set in preparation for the concrete floor slab. Construction of the temple formally began nine months ago with a groundbreaking presided by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Foundation Walls Rising for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
With the footings for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple poured and cured, a tower crane has been erected on site to assist crews who are setting rebar, placing wall forms, and filling form cavities with concrete to create the foundation walls for the temple. Watch a video of the work in progress.
Excavation Completed for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
A large mound of dirt sits along the north side of the property where the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple is being constructed. Workers have completed excavation for the foundation of the temple, which will feature a basement level and main level. Work has begun on pouring the concrete footings.
Digging Post Holes at the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple Site
Subcontractors have arrived at the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple site to erect a construction barrier around the property beginning with digging holes for the fence poles. The temple will be constructed on the back lot of the stake center for the Cocodoy Côte d'Ivoire Stake.
Ground Broken for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided today over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple. It is the sixth temple to be constructed on the continent of Africa.
Preparing for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple Groundbreaking
Ivorian members are making their final preparations for tomorrow's groundbreaking ceremony for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple, the first to be constructed in the country. The temple will be located behind the stake center for the Cocody Cote I'voire Stake.
Groundbreaking Ceremony Announced for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple has been announced for Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. The temple site is located in the commune of Cocody. Attendance at the services is by invitation only, but the general public is invited to view the proceedings live at local meetinghouses.