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Building the Steeple for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple

Framing of the steeple for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple in Tooele continues to grow higher. The four corner beams of the main shaft have been positioned and secured atop the frame for the pedestal. Each wall of the steeple will hold a narrow stained-glass window that will be backlit at night. On the east side of the building, metal frames have been installed for the arched doorways featured in the entrance portico.

Framing for Steeple Pedestal Begins on the Deseret Peak Utah Temple

Heavy framing of all three floors of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple is finished, and the first four columns of the steeple pedestal have been secured. Installation of the steel floor decks is progressing at various stages on all three levels. The foundation walls have been waterproofed and the majority have been backfilled. Steel framing has begun on the portico arches at the entrance to the building.

Framing the Second Level of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple

Heavy framing of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple is progressing quickly with the majority of the ground level completed and numerous steel columns reaching the second level. Curbing has been poured for the south parking lot, but it is not yet paved. The temple is located in Tooele, which was first settled by three pioneer families on September 4, 1849. The city was incorporated three years later.

Structural Framing of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Underway

Construction of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple has moved above ground with the assistance of a skyscraping crawler crane that is lifting heavy metal beams and columns that are being bolted together and fastened to the concrete foundation to form the steel superstructure of the building. The 70,000-square-foot temple and a 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse are rising on the west side of Tooele.

Final Basement Walls Poured for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple

A boom pump delivers concrete across the foundation of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple to pour the final walls for the partial basement that will sit under the northwest corner. Work continues on pouring the footings for the main level and the walls for the mechanical enclosure. The parking lot curbing is in place for the south lot, and a crane has arrived on the north lot that will be used to hoist structural steel and other materials. Excavation for the meetinghouse has become more defined.

Deseret Peak Utah Temple Foundation Progress

Construction of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple foundation is making headway. Along with the forming of pouring of footings, several basement walls have been installed, and work has begun on an elevator shaft and support for the baptismal font. The basement will be located under the northwest corner of the main level, providing a space for mechanical equipment, storage, and an office and workshop for the temple facilities manager.

Forming the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Footings

Crews are forming the footings for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple, starting with the partial basement. The forms will be filled with concrete and steel to create a firm foundation. The temple and meetinghouse complex sits in the northwest corner of Tooele, just south of a private golf course and up the road from Clarke N Johnsen Junior High.

Building a New Road South of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Site

On the south side of the Deseret Peak Utah Temple site in Tooele, heavy machinery is preparing the subbase for a new road that will intersect with 400 West. On the east side of the property, the chain-link fencing is coming down, which will be replaced with a more substantial construction barrier. The temple footprint has been carved out of the soil, and deeper excavation for the partial basement in the northwest corner is underway.

Excavation for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Begins

Heavy machinery arrived at the Deseret Peak Utah Temple site in Tooele this week, and excavation efforts have officially begun. The first phase of the project moved overhead power lines underground and prepared the property for major construction. Okland Construction is the general contractor, which recently completed the Pocatello Idaho Temple and is currently building the Taylorsville Utah Temple—both the same general floor plan as the Deseret Peak temple.

Signage Posted at the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Site

A black privacy screen and construction signage has been attached to the chain link fence that surrounds the Deseret Peak Utah Temple site. Over the past couple of months, contractors have been busy digging utility trenches and installing electrical transformers so that overhead power lines can be moved underground. More trailers have been delivered to the property as the time draws near for major construction.

Making Utility Runs at the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Site

Since last month's groundbreaking was held for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple in Tooele, work has been focused on digging utility trenches and installing underground concrete utility vaults inside the chain-link fence that surrounds the perimeter of the property. Additional equipment arrives regularly including construction trailers, mounted generator, and large dumpster.

Ground Broken for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple

A beautiful spirit descended upon Utah's Tooele Valley this morning at the groundbreaking service for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple. Elder Brook P. Hales of the Quorum of the Seventy presided at the event. In his site dedicatory prayer, he asked: "Please bless all that will live in this temple district that they will feel the godly power of this sacred edifice." About two hundred Church members and invited guests attended at the temple site on Saturday morning under blue skies. The three-story temple will be approximately 70,000 square feet. A 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also be built on site in the northwestern section of Tooele. Elder Hales prayed, "Help us that through the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we might be prepared and worthy to enter Thy sacred house to receive the blessings of exaltation available for ourselves and for our ancestors."

Preparing for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple Groundbreaking

The site for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple has been beautifully prepared for this Saturday's groundbreaking event, which will be streamed live for those who wish to participate online. Attendance at the temple site is strictly by invitation. The street leading to the site (400 West) will be closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the service, and drones should not be flown near the property either before or during the proceedings. The Deseret Peak Utah Temple will join five other temples under construction in Utah and two more that are under renovation.

Deseret Peak Utah Temple Conditional Use Permit

Following a public hearing on Wednesday, March 24, the Tooele City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve an application for a conditional use permit for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple site. The permit allows for the 17-acre site at the west end of 2400 North to be used for construction of the 70,000-square-foot temple and a 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse with plentiful parking and landscaping.

Deseret Peak Utah Temple Groundbreaking Announced for May

Ground will be broken for the Deseret Peak Utah Temple, located west of the intersection of 2400 North and 400 West in Tooele, in May 2021. Elder Brook P. Hales of the Quorum of the Seventy will preside. The three-story, 70-000-square-foot temple and a 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will be constructed at the site. Due to state and local guidelines, attendance at the event will be limited to invited guests only. Video and photographs of the service will be distributed to the media and public after the groundbreaking has been held.

New Name and Location Announced for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple

The Tooele Valley Utah Temple will now be known as the Deseret Peak Utah Temple and be constructed west of the intersection of 2400 North 400 West in Tooele. The change comes in response to circumstances at the previously announced location and opportunities at the new location. The exterior and interior designs for the 70,000-square-foot temple remain the same, and an adjacent 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will still be constructed. Project leaders will immediately begin the process of obtaining approvals from the local government.

First Presidency Statement Issued on Tooele Valley Utah Temple Project

This afternoon, the First Presidency issued the following statement regarding the Tooele Valley Utah Temple: "We acknowledge the efforts of those who have raised questions and sincere concerns about the Tooele Valley Temple project, including the residential development surrounding the temple. There is a sincere desire on the part of the Church to avoid discord in the community. Therefore, regardless of the outcome of a pending signature-gathering effort, we have determined to withdraw our rezoning request for the residential portion of the temple project. We look forward to working with local officials and community members to determine next steps to move forward with the construction of the temple. We hope those from all viewpoints on this matter will treat one another with kindness, civility, and Christlike love."

Repeal of Rezoning Sought for Residential Development in Erda

Over 1,600 of the required 2,445 signatures have been gathered and verified on petitions for a referendum to repeal the rezoning approved by Tooele County commissioners for the subdivision proposed for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple and a surrounding higher-density planned community. Petition sponsors emphasize that they are not against the temple but that they would like to retain the low-density one-acre zoning. If enough signatures are gathered, however, it could delay construction for at least a year since June 2021 is the earliest time that the rezoning could be placed on a ballot. The outcome of that vote could ultimately alter plans for the temple and the surrounding development.

Groundbreaking Committee Formed for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple

A groundbreaking committee that has been organized for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple is preparing for a ceremony at the end of August, but a referendum by Tooele County residents could delay the service or even alter plans for the temple according to Church officials interviewed by the Tooele Transcript Bulletin. If enough signatures are gathered to place the rezoning for the temple development on a ballot, the groundbreaking will be delayed for certain. The outcome of that potential vote could ultimately alter construction plans.

Renderings Released for Planned Residential Community in Tooele Valley

Renderings have been released ahead of a public hearing by the Tooele County Planning Commission where an application to rezone the 167 acres surrounding the Tooele Valley Utah Temple will be considered. Residential development is proposed for the area including single-family homes, 55+ active adult communities, and large open spaces. "We are committed to developing a vibrant neighborhood where people of different ages and income levels will enjoy living within walking distance of the temple. The temple’s timeless architecture and manicured grounds will be a beautiful, enduring central feature of the community for all who will live there, regardless of religious affiliation," said Ashley Powell, managing director of Investment Properties.

Interior Renderings of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple Released

The interior design planned for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple has been revealed in a series of renderings showing a sealing room, the Celestial Room, an endowment room, the baptistry, and the recommend desk. "These beautiful renderings depict the care and attention to detail that will go into the construction of this house of the Lord," said Brent Roberts, managing director of the Church’s Special Projects Department. "We believe this will be a place where Latter-day Saints in the Tooele Valley and beyond can go to obtain peace and divine direction in their lives."

Concept Plan for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple

A concept plan for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple has been submitted with a rezoning application for the 167 acres of Church-owned property in Erda, Utah, where the temple and an adjoining meetinghouse will be constructed. Several housing developments and open spaces have been proposed for the property surrounding the temple grounds. The temple is anticipated to be similar in size and dimensions to the Pocatello Idaho Temple. A question-and-answer meeting was recently held with Tooele-area priesthood leaders and representatives from Church headquarters. No groundbreaking date has been scheduled, but it may be held as early as this fall.

Tooele Valley Utah Temple to Be Constructed in Erda

The location of the Tooele Valley Utah Temple has been officially announced as northwest of the intersection of Erda Way and Highway 36 in the community of Erda. The temple will be a three-story building of approximately 70,000 square feet with an adjacent 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse. Once detailed plans have been finalized, interior and exterior renderings will be released. Project leaders will soon begin work with government officials and will submit public documents in the coming months. No groundbreaking date has been announced.