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Laying Sod on the Grand Junction Colorado Temple Grounds

Fresh rolls of grass sod are being laid on the grounds of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple, just outside the ornamental fencing. The temple's exterior cladding and art glass both feature the same design motif—the claret cup cactus. It was named the official state cactus of Colorado in 2014, and it is also known as the hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus). Lamp posts are being installed in the parking area.
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Spring Flowers at the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

Spring flowers are abloom around the Grand Junction Colorado Temple construction site. Scaffolding has been fully removed from the completed stone exterior, and the installation of stained glass continues. The warmer weather is bringing an acceleration to the landscaping efforts on the grounds of Colorado's third temple. A fourth temple has been announced for the state for the city of Colorado Springs.
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Scaffolding Coming Off the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

Scaffolding is being removed from the steeple of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple, revealing the beautifully completed stonework. Portions of the ornamental fence have been installed, and work is progressing on the hardscape. Much more landscaping will take place over the spring and summer. Next Tuesday marks the two-year anniversary of the temple groundbreaking.
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Landscaping the Grand Junction Colorado Temple Grounds

Pavers have been laid for an attractive hardscape feature on the grounds behind the Grand Junction Colorado Temple. The large floral pattern at the center of the plaza echoes the design found on many other surfaces of this house of the Lord. Concrete bases have been installed for future lamp posts, and numerous trees have been planted and staked in the surrounding soil.
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Cupola and Finial Installed on the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

The cupola and finial for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple were secured to the top of the steeple on Thursday, March 7, bringing the sacred structure to its final height. The temple rises prominently over the roundabout where Horizon Drive and North 12th Street intersect. Grand Junction is the largest city between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Denver, Colorado.
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Cladding of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple Nearing Completion

Cladding of the exterior surfaces of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple is nearing completion. Stone has been attached to the steeple, leaving the front portico to be finished. Picket panels are being installed between the fence posts that were previously anchored to a concrete curb. Construction will reach the two-year mark next month.
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Fence Installation Progress at the Grand Junction Colorado Temple Site

Installation of the property fence around the Grand Junction Colorado Temple site is making progress. Fence posts are being set in a concrete footer, and concrete walkways are being poured on the grounds. The lower tier of the steeple has been clad in beautiful stonework, and the upper tiers will soon follow. The temple will be the third dedicated in the state of Colorado; a fourth has been announced for Colorado Springs.
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Planting Trees on the Grand Junction Colorado Temple Grounds

Stone cladding is moving up the walls of the mechanical level of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple, and the steeple will soon follow. On the grounds, many elements of the hardscape have been installed and some trees have been planted. The temple stands about a mile southwest of I-70 across from a new housing development. Construction has been underway for the past 20 months.
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Stone Cladding Progress at the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

The Grand Junction Colorado Temple is looking more beautiful each day, as more granite pieces and panels are affixed to the exterior. The main body of the temple is nearing completion, and then scaffolding will go up around the mechanical level and steeple where the work will continue. An American flag has flown at top of the steeple for the past six months, marking the completion of the structural framing.
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Hardscaping the Grounds of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

Concrete elements are giving structure to the front grounds of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple. A short retaining wall crosses the lower end of the property in front of the concrete core for the monument sign. Up the hill are closed strings for the staircase and terraced planters in front of the main entrance. Exterior cladding is working its way to the front of the building.
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Visitors' Trailer at the Grand Junction Colorado Temple to Close Temporarily

A rainbow patch was recently captured above the horizon at the Grand Junction Colorado Temple site where stone cladding of the building's exterior continues. A metal manufacturer is currently producing the shingles for the cupola and finial that will rise from the top. The missionary couple at the visitors' trailer is reminding guests that the trailer will be temporarily closed from October 5–24, 2023.
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Stone Cladding of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

Masonry work is nearing completion on the east (rear) side of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple where the sealing rooms will be located. Asphalt has been paved for the north parking lot, and temporary parking lines have been drawn. The building is largely enclosed with glass installed in most of the window openings. Sheathing of the steeple has been completed, which will be capped by a pyramidal cupola.
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Grand Junction Colorado Temple Entrance Portico Framed

Framing has filled in for the entrance portico of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple while sheathing and cladding of the exterior progress. Windows have been installed, allowing interior framing and utility rough-ins to move forward. Guests are welcomed at a visitors' trailer where construction can be viewed from an observation platform.
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Cladding and Curbing at the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

Stone cladding has begun at one corner of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple while the installation of sheathing boards and a moisture barrier continues for the exterior walls. On the temple grounds, curbing is being poured for the driveways and parking areas. An observation platform is available at the visitors' center trailer with excellent views of the construction activity.
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Sheathing the Exterior of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

Yellow sheathing boards are being attached to the steel frame of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple. The fiberglass-faced gypsum provides superior mold and moisture resistance to paper-faced boards. Interior framing and light framing of the exterior continues. The temple has been under construction for nearly a year. It sits at a beautiful location at the roundabout intersection of Horizon Dr and N 12th St.
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Steeple Frame Assembled for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

Structural framing for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple has kicked into high gear over the past month. The steeple frame was recently assembled and secured to the top of the growing framework, taking the temple closer to its full height. In the accompanying photograph, the temple is seen from the parking lot of a grocery store located across the street. Construction began 10 months ago.
Photo:  Edward Wilks

Framing of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple Progressing

Structural framing of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple is advancing once again, giving a sense of the size and proportions of the building. Steel columns are fastened to the concrete slab with the help of telescoping crane. The single-level building will have a partial basement where the baptismal font will be located and a mechanical level above the main floor where systems and equipment will be installed.
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Framing of the Grand Junction Colorado Temple Begins

With rough plumbing and foundation work for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple drawing closer to completion, the first steel beams and columns have been set for the structural frame of the building. The temple will serve members living in the Western Slope region of Colorado. The name Grand Junction comes from the city's location at the confluence (or junction) of the Upper Colorado River (formerly the Grand River) and the Gunnison River.
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Grand Junction Colorado Temple Foundation Progress

With deep underlying supports in place, work on the Grand Junction Colorado Temple foundation is making steady progress. Concrete walls are being formed and poured for the partial basement where the baptismal font will stand, and the rest of the temple footprint is becoming more evident as the ground floor foundation walls are installed. The temple is the third to be constructed in the state of Colorado.
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Rainbow Over the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

The sun rises on another construction day at the Grand Junction Colorado Temple site, casting light that reflects on the distant rain to form a beautiful rainbow. Crews are pouring pier caps to transfer the load of the temple superstructure to the supporting piers below. Grade beams are also being installed. They will distribute weight from the load-bearing walls to the underlying pier caps.
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Building the Foundation for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

Construction observers who peer over the chain-link fence surrounding the Grand Junction Colorado Temple can see a variety of construction equipment and materials on site including a boom truck, excavators, portable security tower, conduit, rebar cages, and wooden pallets. Foundation work continues for the temple inside the excavation area. The groundbreaking ceremony was held just over four months ago.

Drilling for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple Foundation

Drilling equipment is making progress on the sturdy pier foundation that will support the Grand Junction Colorado Temple. The drill rig sits inside of the excavation area where shafts are formed and filled with aggregate that is rammed in layers until it forms a pier of superior strength and stiffness. Construction began just over two months ago.
Photo:  Nancy Hymas

Utility Work Underway for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

It's been a month since the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple, and work has already begun on site drainage and utility trenching. This preliminary work will be carried out before major excavation begins for the temple foundation. The new building will bring the blessings of temple ordinance work closer to the members in western Colorado.
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Grand Junction Colorado Temple Groundbreaking Event Held

Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong of the Quorum of the Seventy presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple on Saturday, April 16, 2022. The 29,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on a 6.94-acre site at the intersection of Horizon Drive and North 12th Street. Elder Wong, who serves as first counselor in the North America Central Area presidency, said in his dedicatory prayer: "Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. We are grateful for the Atonement of Thy Son Jesus Christ and the blessing of the promised Resurrection. As we dedicate this holy ground, we pray that we can maintain this positive spiritual momentum in our lives."

Preparing for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple Groundbreaking

The formal groundbreaking for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple will be held in just three weeks, and site preparations are well underway. Heavy equipment is clearing the site of vegetation and debris while performing some initial grading. The prime piece of property sits at a beautiful roundabout across the street from Horizon Towers. Grand Junction is home to about 65,000 residents and is the largest city in western Colorado.
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April Groundbreaking Set for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

Ground will be broken for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple on Saturday, April 16, 2022. Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong of the Quorum of the Seventy will preside at the ceremony. The 29,000-square-foot temple will be built on a 6.94-acre site at the intersection of Horizon Drive and North 12th Street. The sacred structure will be the third temple for the Centennial State, joining the Denver Colorado Temple and Fort Collins Colorado Temple.
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Grand Junction Colorado Temple Rendering Released

The official rendering for the beautiful Grand Junction Colorado Temple has been released to the public. The single-story temple of approximately 25,000 square feet will be constructed on a 6.94-acre property located at the intersection of Horizon Drive and North 12th Street. The date for the groundbreaking event has not yet been determined.
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Site Chosen for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple

A beautiful sloping site of 6.94 acres, located at the intersection of Horizon Drive and North 12th Street—just a mile from an Interstate 70 interchange, will become the location for the Grand Junction Colorado Temple. The single-story temple will be approximately 25,000 square feet and become the third in the state, joining the Denver Colorado Temple and the Fort Collins Colorado Temple.