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Cladding of McAllen Texas Temple Nears Completion

Billowy clouds drift over the South Texas city of McAllen where the state's fifth temple is under construction. Cladding of the McAllen Texas Temple is nearly completed—the portico having been clad most recently. Framing and sheathing of the meetinghouse behind the temple in steadily progressing. McAllen lies in the Rio Grande Valley across the border from the Mexican city of Reynosa.

McAllen Texas Temple Steeple Clad in Precast Panels

Cladding of the McAllen Texas Temple in precast concrete panels in nearly finished. The windowed steeple has now been clad, leaving only the portico at the entrance to be completed. The scalloped parapets that are prominently featured on each side of the building reflect the Spanish and Mexican roots of the area, bearing a resemblance to the facade of the famed Alamo in San Antonio.

Panels Attached to the Mechanical Level of the McAllen Texas Temple

The installation of precast panels on the exterior of the McAllen Texas Temple has reached the upstairs mechanical level. The spire frame will be covered next. A few of the window openings have been boarded to enclose the building, and framing is now well underway for the on-site meetinghouse.

Installing the McAllen Texas Temple Parapet Panels

Cladding of the McAllen Texas Temple has reached the roofline where the parapet panels are being installed. At the center of the each side is a mission-style parapet facade with scalloped coping along the top and an ornamental flower design in the center. The areas yet to be clad include the entrance portico, the mechanical level, and the steeple. The portico will feature arched openings with a scroll keystone over the center arch.

Steeple Frame Installed for the McAllen Texas Temple

The McAllen Texas Temple recently received a new addition. Rising over the roof at the center of the building is the frame for the tiered steeple. Excellent progress is also being made on attaching wall panels to the building frame. The steeple will be similarly clad and topped with a domed cupola. The McAllen Texas Temple will become the second southernmost temple in the United States, just behind the Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple.

Installing Precast Wall Panels for the McAllen Texas Temple

Wall installers at the McAllen Texas Temple are making quick work of cladding the exterior of the building's steel structure in precast panels. The concrete is precisely colored and cast with elegant moldings and ornamentation for the exact positions where the panels will be attached to the building. McAllen is the largest city in Hidalgo County in the state of Texas.

Structural Frame Rising for the McAllen Texas Temple

The framing crew at the McAllen Texas Temple is throwing steel and making quick work of building the frame for Texas' fifth temple including the steel studs that will hold the mission-style facade over the entrance portico. The city of McAllen sits just over the Mexican border, forming an international conurbation with the city of Reynosa—one of six along the U.S.–Mexico border.

Structural Framing Underway for the McAllen Texas Temple

Observers of the McAllen Texas Temple construction project are excited to see steel columns being positioned and secured to the concrete foundation as the work of building moves onward and upward. Crane operators carry out the heavy lifting using of one several cranes on site. Guests are welcome to visit the temporary visitors' center housed in a construction trailer.

Ground Leveled Around the McAllen Texas Temple

Construction of the McAllen Texas Temple remains below grade with work advancing on the foundations and utility runs for the temple and the meetinghouse located behind it. The ground around the temple has been leveled and staked, marking key locations for the landscaping. The temple will be oriented toward the intersection of of Trenton Road and 2nd Street.

Excavation for the McAllen Texas Temple

In the six weeks since the groundbreaking event was held for the McAllen Texas Temple, signage has been posted outside the construction fence, and a visitors' trailer has opened where those interested in the construction may ask questions and receive other information. Excavation for the temple has been carried out, and work is progressing on building the foundation.

Ceremony Celebrates the Construction of the McAllen Texas Temple

"As the central spire rises heavenward to this beautiful house of the Lord, might we as God’s children ever increase our faith and look to the heavens for wisdom and not to the ever-shifting values of the world," said Elder Art Rascon, an Area Seventy, at the groundbreaking for the McAllen Texas Temple on November 21, 2020. Elder Rascon presided at the small ceremony and offered the prayer dedicating the site. He prayed for the thousands of Latter-day Saints "in this lovely valley in southern Texas and across the border into Mexico who have worked faithfully to establish Thy kingdom and prepared their hearts and minds awaiting this day." He thanked God the Father "for their longsuffering, fervent prayers and continued diligence to live the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Groundbreaking Announced for the McAllen Texas Temple

Elder Art Rascon, an Area Seventy, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the McAllen Texas Temple in November 2020. Attendance at the groundbreaking is by invitation only, but photographs and video of the event will be available to the public shortly afterward. The temple will be constructed on a 10.6-acre site at the northwest corner of Second Street and Trenton Road. It will be a single-story temple of approximately 25,000 square feet with an adjoining meetinghouse.

McAllen Texas Temple Site Location Revealed

The location of the McAllen Texas Temple has been announced as a 10.6-acre field located northwest of the intersection of Second Street and West Trenton Road on the north side of McAllen. The temple will be a single-story building of approximately 25,000 square feet with a central spire. A meetinghouse of over 17,000 square feet will be constructed adjacent to the temple.