Temples in Alberta Move from Phase 1 to Phase 2
Beginning February 1, 2021, the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple will unpause operations and resume Phase 1 of reopening. The Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple will move from Phase 2 to Phase 1, and the three temples in Alberta will move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 including the Calgary Alberta Temple, Cardston Alberta Temple, and Edmonton Alberta Temple. The Melbourne Australia Temple begins Phase 3 of reopening today. Once all announced changes go into effect, there will be 16 temples in Phase 1, 117 temples in Phase 2, and 8 temples in Phase 3.
Stake Center Rising at the Richmond Virginia Temple Site
Wood framing for the stake center at the Richmond Virginia Temple site is making swift progress with the exterior walls and several interior walls in place. The roof trusses were recently delivered, which will soon be set in place across the top of the structure. Light-gauge steel framing continues for the temple, and sheathing has just begun. The bright green panels will soon cover the outside of the building, forming the exterior walls.
Final Story Framed for the Bangkok Thailand Temple
Structural framing for the Bangkok Thailand Temple has reached the sixth and final level while precast concrete panels continue to be attached to the main level. The multipurpose facility behind the temple has also reached the sixth level and is being clad in panels. The groundbreaking ceremony for the temple was held two years ago this month.
Accommodation Center for the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
Renovation of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple has now been underway for 30 months, and members look forward to its reopening. The pitched roof of the new accommodation center can be seen on the left side of the accompanying photograph, which will provide a place for patrons to freshen up and prepare to enter the temple. The adjoining housing facilities have also been constructed. Work continues on the visitors' center renovation, and the front lawn of the temple has been cleared as landscaping progresses.
Exterior Panels Reach the Top of the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple
On the south side of the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple, the beautifully sculpted wall panels have reached the top of the building, inspiring the imaginations of onlookers with how the completed temple will appear. Wall panels have yet to be attached to the top of the north side, the steeple, and the entrance portico. The exteriors of the meetinghouse and grounds building appear to be completed. Construction began just 15 months ago.
Down to the Studs of the Columbus Ohio Temple
Little marble cladding remains on the exterior of the Columbus Ohio Temple, which is undergoing a complete renovation. The spire and entrance vestibule have been removed, and work has begun on replacing the wood framing with steel. The length of the steel studs will slightly increase the height of the temple. The monument sign remains in tact on the southeast side of the temple.
New Name and Location Announced for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple
The Tooele Valley Utah Temple will now be known as the Deseret Peak Utah Temple and be constructed west of the intersection of 2400 North 400 West in Tooele. The change comes in response to circumstances at the previously announced location and opportunities at the new location. The exterior and interior designs for the 70,000-square-foot temple remain the same, and an adjacent 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse will still be constructed. Project leaders will immediately begin the process of obtaining approvals from the local government.
Location and Rendering Released for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
The location of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple has been announced as a 5.8-acre site at 2093 Powell Road in Cranberry Township just south of the stake center for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania North Stake. An official rendering has also been released. The single-story temple will be approximately 32,000 square feet with a center spire. Project leaders are working with City officials on preliminary plans and will soon file public documents. No groundbreaking date has been set yet.
Pocatello Idaho Temple Monument Sign Completed
The monument sign at the entrance to the Pocatello Idaho Temple has been clad in beautiful granite pieces, including inscribed stones that designate the name of the Church, the temple, and the street address. Scaffolding has been removed from the majority of the north side of the temple, joining the east and south sides, while cladding nears completion on the west side. Cladding also continues on the spire and the landscape structures on the south.
Four Phase 3 Temple Reopenings Announced
Four more Pacific Area temples will begin Phase 3 of reopening in the month of February including the Melbourne Australia Temple on February 1, the Adelaide Australia Temple on February 8, the Perth Australia Temple on February 8, and the Suva Fiji Temple on February 8. Phase 3 allows the performance of ordinances for living individuals and a limited number of ordinances on behalf of deceased individuals.
Staircases Installed in the Feather River California Temple
The assembly of the structural frame for the Feather River California Temple continues to advance in California's beautiful Feather River Valley. Metal sheets and beams have combined to form the two-story building with a mechanical level. Staircases have recently been installed in the temple, and concrete bases have been poured for lamp posts around the stake center site. Watch a video update of the construction.
New Year's Eve Video of the Mesa Arizona Temple
Strap on your seat belt and take a flight over the gorgeous green grounds of the Mesa Arizona Temple captured on the last day of the year. A wide variety of plants and trees decorate the temple block including a small grove of orange trees on the east side. The renovation is in the final stages both inside and out, though it is unknown when an open house and rededication might be held.
Location of Tallahassee Florida Temple Announced
The location of the Tallahassee Florida Temple has been announced as a 4.97-acre site at 2440 Papillon Way across from the meetinghouse on Thomasville Road. An official rendering has also been released. The single-story temple will be approximately 29,000 square feet with a center spire. A distribution center will also be constructed. Project leaders are working with City officials on preliminary plans and will soon file public documents. A groundbreaking date has not been set yet.
Making Quick Work of the Brasília Brazil Temple
Major progress has been made at the Brasília Brazil Temple site in the three and a half months since the groundbreaking was held. The majority of the temple foundation and has been installed, and the structural framing is well underway for the east wing of the meetinghouse and the main floor of the two-story accommodation center.
Preparing for Church Office Building Grounds Renovation
A construction fence has been installed around the plaza in front of the 28-story Church Office Building at Temple Square in preparation for a grounds renovation that will place greater emphasis on the international presence of the Church and improve the visitor experience. The Salt Lake Temple, located west of the Church Office Building, has been under renovation for just over a year. In that time, the South Visitors' Center, sealing room addition, and north annex buildings have all been demolished. The tower finials, capstone, and angel Moroni statue have been temporarily removed while shoring progresses on all sides of the temple to prepare for deep excavation. The stone foundation footings have been strengthened and consolidated.
Installing the Basement Walls for the Orem Utah Temple
For the past three weeks, the construction crew at the Orem Utah Temple has been forming and pouring the concrete walls for the basement level of the temple. The walls are in place for about half of the basement with rebar installed for the remainder of the walls. In the coming weeks, footings will be poured for the main level, giving construction observers a view of the full footprint of the temple.
Hard Landscaping at the Praia Cabo Verde Temple
Fence posts and retaining walls are appearing on the grounds around the Praia Cabo Verde Temple, which was built on a pad of compacted fill dirt to reduce the risk of flooding. The temple has been enclosed and scaffolding surrounds the building, allowing both interior and exterior work to move forward. Just east of the temple, the structural framing is in place for the on-site meetinghouse. Several months of construction remain ahead.
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.
More Temples Begin Phase 2 and Pause Operations
On Monday, January 11, 2021, the following temples will begin Phase 2 of reopening: Arequipa Peru Temple, Barranquilla Colombia Temple, Bogotá Colombia Temple, Caracas Venezuela Temple, Cochabamba Bolivia Temple, Lima Peru Temple, and Trujillo Peru Temple. The temples in the United Kingdom and South Africa have joined those that have temporarily paused operations.
Framing Studs Attached to the Richmond Virginia Temple
With the heavy-gauge steel beams in place for the Richmond Virginia Temple, lighter-gauge steel studs are now being attached to the exterior to create the walls of the building, including the parapet that runs along the roofline. The floor slab has been poured for the adjoining meetinghouse and is curing under black tarps. The temple is located in a residential area of Henrico County filled with beautiful homes and estates.
Setting Forms for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple Footings
The footprint of the Red Cliffs Utah Temple foundation is now visible inside the excavation area where heavy machinery has carefully carved the outline of the yet-to-built structure. The first forms are being set in place for the concrete footings that will support the weight of the temple over the long aggregate columns that were previously installed.
Layton Utah Temple Walls Continue to Rise
Construction of the second level of the Layton Utah Temple is making steady progress with reinforced concrete walls at the corners, heavy-gauge steel framing in the center section, and a reinforced concrete slab for the floor. Construction trailers are lined up along Oak Hills Drive, providing office space for the general contractor and for the on-site missionary couple.
Building a Raised Pad for the Syracuse Utah Temple
Preliminary construction has been underway at the Syracuse Utah Temple site for the past two months. The vegetation was cleared in November, and utility trenches were dug for the placement of pipes and conduits that will connect water, sewer, and power to the site. Crews are now building a raised pad for the temple, which will sit about two and a half miles east of the Great Salt Lake.
2020 Temple Milestones: A Year of Groundbreakings
Following the dedication of the Durban South Africa Temple in February 2020, the world slowed to a crawl as stay-at-home orders spread across the globe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the closure of all operating temples in March and the postponement of all open houses and dedications for the rest of the year. Despite the pause in temple operations, President Nelson announced 8 new temples in April and 6 more in October for a total of 14. The year's first groundbreaking also took place in April for the Richmond Virginia Temple. By the last quarter of the year, groundbreakings had greatly accelerated for a final total of 21.
Cladding Coming Off the Columbus Ohio Temple
With the interior of the Columbus Ohio Temple dismantled, work has begun on removing the marble cladding from the exterior. The vestibule at the entrance to the temple was originally a canopy that stood over the main doors, but it was later enclosed to provide a space for patrons to escape the weather or wait for others in their party before approaching the recommend desk.
Windows Installed in St. George Utah Temple Annex
Construction of the north addition (or annex) to the St. George Utah Temple has made progress including the fitting of windows in the exterior walls and the installation of equipment on the mechanical level that runs down the center of the structure. On the west side of the annex, an enclosure has been built for additional mechanical equipment. The area immediately behind the temple has been excavated in preparation for the west addition that will replace the former stair tower.
Phase 3 Temple Reopening Dates Announced
The Apia Samoa Temple and Brisbane Australia Temple will begin Phase 3 of reopening on January 4, 2021. As of that date, there will be 4 temples in Phase 3, 119 temples in Phase 2, and 25 temples in Phase 1. There are currently 11 temples that have paused operations due to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in those areas.
Reflecting on the Mesa Arizona Temple Renovation
The nearly completed main entrance to the Mesa Arizona Temple reflects in the still waters of the west reflection pool. The Holiness to the Lord inscription has recently been completed in the terra cotta panels above the moldings that sit atop the columns. Inside, finish work continues with the installation of light fixtures and countertops. The transformation of the grounds has been making big strides with the recent addition of sod on the north and east sides of the temple. The west side will be completed shortly. The exterior of the Discovery Center across the street is nearing completion.
Saratoga Springs Utah Temple Parapet Panels
The sculpted parapet panels that will form the roofline around the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple have arrived and will soon be set in place. Installers made a practice run earlier in the week with this panel. The repeated design in the panels reflects the nearby lake and mountains that characterize the picturesque community. The temple has been under construction for just over 14 months.
Windows Installed in the Pocatello Idaho Temple Spire
Crew members at the Pocatello Idaho Temple have gone home for the holidays, bringing a hush to the normally busy construction site. Window frames, medallions, and glass have been installed in the temple steeple, which has been partially sheathed and clad in granite. The upper walls have all been clad except for a portion of the west wall above the entrance. New houses are being constructed all around the temple, as housing demands remain high in the community.