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Steel Framing Rises at the Bentonville Arkansas Temple Site

The sun sets on a productive construction day at the Bentonville Arkansas Temple site where steel columns and beams are being assembled to form the frame of the building. Foam board insulation is being attached to the waterproofed foundation walls, and a floor deck has been installed over the basement.

Framing the Bentonville Arkansas Temple

Structural framing for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple began earlier this month. The first vertical steel beam was installed on March 11. A utility trench is visible in the accompanying photograph, running from the street to the foundation. The stake pavilion that had previously occupied the field where the temple is being constructed was removed, and a new pavilion has been built on the other side of the stake center.

Bentonville Arkansas Temple Basement Walls

The concrete basement walls for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple were poured just one month ago. A couple of weeks later, they were buried in snow as Winter Storm Uri passed over a major portion of the United States, bringing snowfall to Arkansas that had not been seen in decades. The stake center next to the temple is in the final stages of a renovation that is relocating the family history center, opening a new Distribution Services store, and bringing three classrooms and an office to an upstairs level.

Virtual Views of the Bentonville Arkansas Temple

A member of the Bentonville Arkansas Stake has created a captivating animation of what we may expect to see when the Bentonville Arkansas Temple is completed. His daughter provides the beautiful vocal accompaniment. The video captures the feeling of driving through the parking lot, gathering outside the temple as friend and family groups, and admiring the exquisite architectural details.

Setting Forms for the Basement Walls of the Bentonville Arkansas Temple

In the weeks since a dirt platform was created for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple, footings have been poured and cured, and concrete forms are being set for the basement walls. The temple will share a cul-de-sac with the stake center for the Bentonville Arkansas Stake, Grace Point Church of Northwest Arkansas, and a large residential estate.

Pad Created for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple

In the month since the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple, a seven-foot tall pad of structural fill has been built on site, which will position the building well above the water table. An indentation on one side is where the baptismal font will be located, keeping the top of the font level with the main floor. The temple will stand next to a stake center, providing overflow parking for each facility since they operate on different schedules.

Ceremony Marks Beginning of Construction for Bentonville Arkansas Temple

Presiding from a remote location, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the site for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple at a small groundbreaking ceremony held on November 7, 2020. "This is a moment that for most of my life, I never could have imagined would occur even in this moment," said Elder Bednar. "It's also a moment that I wish would never end." Elder Bednar, who was once a professor at the University of Arkansas, has assisted in the organization of two Arkansas stakes including the Bentonville Arkansas Stake. The 25,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on a field next to the stake center.

Elder Bednar to Preside at Bentonville Arkansas Temple Groundbreaking

Ground will be broken for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple in November 2020. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside remotely over the ceremony. Video and photographs of the service will be released to the public shortly following the invitation-only event. The temple will be constructed on a 8.8-acre grassy field located behind the stake center for the Bentonville Arkansas Stake at 1101 McCollum Road. The single-story temple will be approximately 25,000 square feet with a center spire.

Conditional Use Permit Approved for the Bentonville Arkansas Temple

Members of the City of Bentonville Planning Commission voted 7-0 last night to approve a conditional use permit for construction of the Bentonville Arkansas Temple. It will stand next to the stake center for the Bentonville Arkansas Stake, located at 1101 McCollum Drive near I-49. The temple will serve members living in or near the region of Northwest Arkansas including parts of Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

Location of Bentonville Arkansas Temple Announced

The location of the Bentonville Arkansas Temple has been announced as an 8.8-acre site behind the stake center for the Bentonville Arkansas Stake at 1101 McCollum Road. The single-story temple will be approximately 25,000 square feet with a center spire. Design plans are still being finalized. Renderings of the exterior and interior of the temple will be released at a later date. Project leaders are working with City officials on preliminary plans and will soon file public documents. No groundbreaking date has been determined yet.