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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.
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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.