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Photo:  Christine Lake

Scaffolding Removed from West Side of Montpelier Idaho Temple

Scaffolding has been removed from the west side of the Montpelier Idaho Temple, offering an unobstructed view of the beautiful exterior cladding. Depictions of flowers can be seen in the ornamented window casings, the spandrel panels between the first- and second-floor windows, and the belt course that runs above the arched window, just beneath the cornice. Inside the temple, the baptismal font has been installed and tested to hold water.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Decorative Spandrels Installed on the Montpelier Idaho Temple

On the west side of the Montpelier Idaho Temple, most of the exterior walls have been clad in concrete panels, and decorative spandrels have been installed in the spaces between the first- and second-floor windows. Cladding is also underway at the northeast corner, while sheathing of the entry portico has been completed on the south side. Metal flashing is being installed along the parapet.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Sidewalks Around the Montpelier Idaho Temple Site Removed

Heavy equipment is removing the old sidewalks around the Montpelier Idaho Temple site so that new sidewalks and landscaping can be established. Work continues on cladding the exterior of the temple with glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) panels. The archways for the entry portico have been framed, and more windows have been installed. The temple has been under construction for just 11 months.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Cladding the West Side of the Montpelier Idaho Temple

On the exterior of the Montpelier Idaho Temple, glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) panels are moving up the west walls. GFRC is a strong but lightweight alternative to architectural precast and natural stone that faithfully reproduces the look of these more expensive products. It allows for the widest possible range of artistic and architectural expression. Glass has been installed in several of the window openings, and much of the interior has been framed.
Photo:  Dean Lake

Exterior Cladding of the Montpelier Idaho Temple Begins

The first pieces of granite cladding were set in place along the base of the Montpelier Idaho Temple this week. Dozens of crates holding the stone pieces have been delivered and staged on site. Work continues on sheathing the steel frame and applying a waterproof coating. Construction on Idaho's eighth temple, which began less than 10 months ago, is moving forward at a commendable pace.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Sheathing the Exterior of the Montpelier Idaho Temple

Framing studs are being affixed to the exterior of the Montpelier Idaho Temple, followed by yellow sheathing boards that are reinforced with high-density glass fiber. On the west face of the building, the arched frame for the main window has been secured into place. Inside, ducts are being installed for the heating and air conditioning systems, and concrete has been poured for the remaining floor slabs.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Crews Top Out the Montpelier Idaho Temple

The final beam was installed today for the structural frame of the Montpelier Idaho Temple. To commemorate topping out the structure—a construction tradition that dates back centuries—an American flag was placed at the highest point. Although the structural framing is finished, light framing for the exterior and interior walls is still underway. Work has begun on attaching gypsum board sheathing to the temple exterior, and installation of the roof for the distribution center is well underway.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Portico Frame Secured to the Montpelier Idaho Temple

On the front (south) side of the Montpelier Idaho Temple, the frame for the portico has been secured to the building's structural frame. Despite the discomfort of the falling snow and cold temperatures, crews have been welding the roof deck to the top of the second story this week. Work also continues on the ground floor, which has been temporarily enclosed with plastic sheeting. The temple will Idaho's eighth.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Framing the Second Story of the Montpelier Idaho Temple

Crews at the Montpelier Idaho Temple are positioning steel cross beams and securing them to the growing structural frame for the temple. Heavy framing began two months ago, and progress is now well underway on the second story. Plastic sheeting has been attached to the main level to trap heat for the curing floor slab and to provide protection from the elements. Concrete is hard enough for foot traffic after 24 to 48 hours, but it requires 28 days to fully cure on average.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Preparing to Pour the Main Floor Slab for the Montpelier Idaho Temple

Crews are laying and tying rebar at the Montpelier Idaho Temple in preparation for the main level concrete floor slab. Heavy framing for the temple continues including the installation of staircases. House wrap is being attached to the distribution center building, which has already been framed and sheathed. The construction team was recently treated to a thank-you luncheon organized by the construction missionary couple.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Installing Foundations for the Montpelier Idaho Temple Ancillary Buildings

At the north end of the Montpelier Idaho Temple site, crews are installing foundations for the ancillary buildings. In the foreground (on the west side) is a mechanical enclosure for housing chillers underground where noise can be attenuated. A grounds building will be located in the center, housing lawn care and garden equipment. And a distribution center will stand on the east side, providing members access to Church materials.
Photo:  Alex Reniersch

Heavy Framing Gets Underway for the Montpelier Idaho Temple

The first columns for the superstructure of the Montpelier Idaho Temple were installed this week. The steel structure will grow over the coming months, using the numerous beams and columns staged on site. Before framing began, cranes lowered five components of the air handling system into the temple basement. The parts were covered in white plastic for protection from the weather.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Preparing to Pour the Basement Floor of the Montpelier Idaho Temple

With all of the foundation walls installed for the Montpelier Idaho Temple, preparations are being made to pour the basement floor slab. A vapor barrier has been laid down, and reinforcing steel bar is being set. At the north end of the property, soil has been excavated. Across the street from the project to the east, a Welcome Center and general contractor's office have been established at a former daycare building.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Building with Care the Montpelier Idaho Temple

Crews continue to form and pour the foundation walls of the Montpelier Idaho Temple. When forming the south walls, a roll of tape was accidentally dropped between the forms. At other construction sites, the incident would have been ignored and concrete pouring would have proceeded with the roll inside. In the case of the temple, however, a worker crawled inside the forms and retrieved the roll before pouring began. The concrete on the south side has now cured, and work proceeds on forming the north walls.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Building a Firm Foundation for the Montpelier Idaho Temple

A crane at the Montpelier Idaho Temple site lifts a steel concrete form and suspends it near an awaiting crew who are building the foundation walls for the 27,000-square-foot temple. The form is positioned next to a row of reinforcing steel bars, creating a cavity for the concrete to be poured. Construction of this House of the Lord, which began less than two months ago, is progressing smoothly.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Rebar Delivered to the Montpelier Idaho Temple Site

Excavation for the foundation of the Montpelier Idaho Temple has reached the target depth of 20 feet (6 meters). A sewer line was encountered at about 17–18 feet deep that will need to be rerouted before the foundation can be installed. Bundles of rebar have been staged on site in preparation for the concrete footings. The bottom surface of the excavation will be carefully leveled.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Excavation Underway for Montpelier Idaho Temple Foundation

A photograph taken of the Montpelier Idaho Temple site shows the progress being made on excavation for the foundation just one week following the groundbreaking. The temple will rise in the shadow of "M" Hill. The mountain monogram was first painted in 1923 by the Montpelier High School student body. The prominent letter was 158 feet high and 108 feet across, covering a whopping 17,064 square feet. It has since become a beloved symbol for residents in the Bear Lake region.
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Groundbreaking Held for the Montpelier Idaho Temple

Elder Ryan K. Olsen, General Authority Seventy, presided at the groundbreaking for the Montpelier Idaho Temple on Saturday, June 17, 2023. Speakers and a children's choir assembled from local congregations were featured on the program for the event, which had over 600 people in attendance on site. In his site dedicatory prayer, Elder Olsen said: "We ask a special blessing on those who have gathered this day that they and their families will be given understanding and peace with confidence in Thy plan."
Photo:  Christine Lake

Site Preparation Underway for the Montpelier Idaho Temple

Heavy machinery has cleared and leveled the site for the Montpelier Idaho Temple, which is slated to begin construction following a groundbreaking event scheduled for Saturday, June 17, 2023. Asphalt is being removed from an access road and parking lot while preparations are made for running utilities to the property. Crews have started with burying existing power lines.
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Exterior Rendering Released for the Montpelier Idaho Temple

The official exterior rendering for the Montpelier Idaho Temple has been released ahead of the groundbreaking that is scheduled to take place on June 17, 2023, with Elder Ryan K. Olsen, General Authority Seventy, presiding. The services will be broadcast live to all units in the proposed temple district. The temple will rise at the intersection of Washington Street and Sixth Street in Montpelier. The two-story building is about 27,000 square feet.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Groundbreaking Announced for the Montpelier Idaho Temple

Elder Ryan K. Olsen, General Authority Seventy, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Montpelier Idaho Temple on Saturday, June 17, 2023. The two-story temple of 27,000 square feet will be constructed on a 2.6-acre site at the northeast corner of Washington and Sixth Street. An exterior rendering of the temple will be released later. Attendance at the temple site is by invitation, but a live broadcast will be available to the members of the temple district.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Fence Installed Around the Montpelier Idaho Temple Site

A chain-link fence has been erected around the site of the future Montpelier Idaho Temple. The location was officially announced eight months ago, but no exterior rendering or groundbreaking date has been released yet. The small town has approximately 2,600 residents with two stakes that pull membership from the surrounding region. The temple will stand across the street from the historic Montpelier Tabernacle.
Photo:  Christine Lake

Montpelier Idaho Temple Site Location Announced

A news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has confirmed the presumed location for the Montpelier Idaho Temple. The two-story building of approximately 27,000 square feet will stand on a 2.6-acre site at the intersection of Washington Street and North Sixth Street in Montpelier. Plans for the temple were announced at last month's general conference by President Russell M. Nelson.
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Home to Be Moved from the Presumed Montpelier Idaho Temple Site

An early 1900s home located on the presumed site for the Montpelier Idaho Temple has been lifted from its foundation and is scheduled to be moved a mile away tomorrow morning. Although no official site announcement has been made, the Church has acquired nine properties in the block east of the renovated Montpelier Tabernacle including the former City Hall building. The historic fixture was razed in March 2021, and several adjoining residences have also been demolished. The site is located on Washington Street between North 6th Street and North 5th Street, south of the Bear Lake County Library and the John A. Bagley House—a Queen Anne-style Victorian known as the Purple Sage.