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Moses Lake Washington Temple Steeple Rising

Rising up out of the center of the Moses Lake Washington Temple are the wall forms for the steeple pedestal, supported by the walls of the central Celestial Room. A notch at the top of each wall form indicates the future location of a window. Framing has begun at the corners and along the facade of the temple for the pilasters that will add dimension to the exterior. Pieces of steel are being staged for the framing of the roof and the interior.

Forming the Steeple of the Moses Lake Washington Temple

The exterior walls of the Moses Lake Washington Temple have been formed and poured, allowing work to proceed on the walls of the central Celestial Room and steeple base. Reinforcing steel bar rises in straight rows above the interior wall sections, ready to connect with the lower walls of the steeple. Crew members don bright orange safety vests on the work site to ensure that they are highly visible to the other workers.

Wall Forming Progresses for the Moses Lake Washington Temple

The majority of the white ICF blocks needed to form the exterior walls for the Moses Lake Washington Temple have been assembled on the foundation and filled with concrete around the inserted steel bar. The stay-in-place blocks serve to not only form the walls but also to insulate the building and to protect it from moisture damage. The openings for doorways and windows are visible across the structure.

Forming the Moses Lake Washington Temple Exterior Walls

Installation of the exterior wall forms for the Moses Lake Washington Temple is moving forward swiftly with the help of an innovative product known as insulated concrete forms (or ICF blocks). The interlocking, stay-in-place forms incorporate insulation, a vapor barrier, and rebar holders for efficient and cost-effective construction. Forms have also been installed for the stake center foundation.

Moses Lake Washington Temple Rising Above Ground

Construction of the Moses Lake Washington Temple is moving above ground with crews already forming the exterior walls. Structural studs, conduits, and other materials lie in staging areas for use in framing, running utilities, and building the internal support for the temple. The city sits on Moses Lake—the largest natural body of fresh water in Grant County with over 120 miles of shoreline.

Forms Removed from the Moses Lake Washington Temple Foundation

Forms have been removed from the reinforced concrete composing the basement and foundation for the Moses Lake Washington Temple. The steel bar rising from the concrete will create as a solid connection between the foundation and the main level walls. The temple will be the fourth for the state of Washington with the other three located in Seattle, Spokane, and the Tri-Cities.

Forming the Moses Lake Washington Temple Basement

Wall forms have been set in place for the partial basement of the Moses Lake Washington Temple with shorter forms stretching to the west for the rest of the foundation. The basement will provide a space for storage; access to mechanical, electrical, data, and plumbing equipment (including the baptismal font); and a workshop for refurbishments and repairs.

Building the Foundation for the Moses Lake Washington Temple

Snow covers the Moses Lake Washington Temple site where mounds of excavated dirt sit around the cavity carved out for the foundation. Footings have been poured, and reinforcing steel is being set for the foundation walls. Members in the Moses Lake region currently belong to the Columbia River Washington Temple district, which has grown significantly over the past several years.

Building Permits Issued for the Moses Lake Washington Temple

Building permits for the Moses Lake Washington Temple and meetinghouse were issued last week, giving the green light for large-scale construction to begin on the project. A groundbreaking event was held for the temple three-and-a-half months ago on October 10, 2020. Heavy equipment is now on site preparing the site for building and excavating for the foundations.

Ground Broken for the Moses Lake Washington Temple

Elder David L. Stapleton, Area Seventy, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Moses Lake Washington Temple on Saturday afternoon, October 10, 2020. "Please help us as we not only dedicate this ground," he said in his site dedicatory prayer, "but also rededicate our lives to Thee and Thy purposes when this new temple will be completed in all its beauty." Due to social distancing guidelines, attendance was limited to a small group of individuals who came together to mark the beginning of construction of Washington's fourth temple. Groundbreaking coordinator Steve Jorgensen said in his remarks, "We are recipients of this blessing because of the pioneer heritage of those who came. Many of us today are children or grandchildren of the early pioneers."

Site Preparation for the Moses Lake Washington Temple

Garden tools and light machinery are preparing the site of the Moses Lake Washington Temple for the groundbreaking that is scheduled to occur this month. A specific day has not been publicly announced. The property has been fenced, and strips of sod are being laid to beautify the ceremony location. The building permits are currently being reviewed and are anticipated to be issued shortly.

Moses Lake Washington Temple Groundbreaking Announced

Elder David L. Stapleton, an Area Seventy, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Moses Lake Washington Temple next month. A specific day was not announced. To adhere to the local government's social distancing guidelines, attendance will be by invitation only. Photographs and video of the event will be made available to the media and public through the Church Newsroom website following the services. The 20,000-square-foot temple and an adjoining 17,000-square-foot meetinghouse will be constructed on a 17-acre site on Yonezawa Boulevard.

Request to Build in Moses Lake, Washington

Church representatives recently submitted a request to the City of Moses Lake to authorize construction of the Moses Lake Washington Temple and a new stake center on unplatted land. The resolution was placed on the City Council's consent agenda for routine approval at its regular meeting last night. The recommendation from City staff was that the resolution be approved with the requirement that the property be platted within one year. The resolution will allow building permits to be pulled before the platting process is finalized.

Exterior Renderings Released for Temples in Washington and Utah

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published exterior renderings today of the Moses Lake Washington Temple, Tooele Valley Utah Temple, and Washington County Utah Temple, as project leaders prepare to submit public documents to government officials for approval. Interior renderings and groundbreaking dates for each temple will be announced later.

Site Announced for Moses Lake Washington Temple

A 17-acre site on Yonezawa Boulevard between Division Street and Road K NE has been announced as the future location of the Moses Lake Washington Temple. The single-story temple will be approximately 20,000 square feet with a central spire. A 17,000-square-foot meetinghouse will also share the property. Project leaders will soon submit preliminary plans and applications to the local government to begin the process of approval. Interior and exterior renderings will be released once plans have been finalized.