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Stained Glass Installation Begins at the Orem Utah Temple

The first panes of stained glass have been installed in the Orem Utah Temple. The stunning windows feature a floral pattern on a background of blue swirls. The floral theme is echoed in the stonework that surrounds the windows and spandrel panels. The temple has been under construction for almost 27 months and is one of three currently under construction in Utah County. The other two are the Lindon Utah Temple and Saratoga Springs Utah Temple.
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Hardscaping the East Plaza of the Orem Utah Temple

At the east end of the Orem Utah Temple, concrete crews have poured a large circular slab that will serve as a gathering plaza for friends and family to receive newly sealed couples and families. Walkways and other hard elements are also being installed around the temple. Cladding of the exterior has progressed to the mechanical level and steeple. The temple is located near Utah Valley University where undergraduate enrollment has reached over 40,000 students.
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Scaffolding Assembled Around the Orem Utah Temple Steeple

With crews finishing up stone installation on the upper walls of the Orem Utah Temple, scaffolding has been assembled around the steeple, which is the next structure to receive stone cladding. Trees and shrubs are being planted in the parking lot islands and around the perimeter of the property while hard elements are being installed on the grounds closer to the temple. There are currently eleven temples under construction in Utah and three undergoing renovation.
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Award Offered in Arson Investigation of Orem Utah Temple Fire

The July 25 fire at the Orem Utah Temple is being investigated as arson, and a reward up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved. "In recent years there has been an unfortunate worldwide increase of violence, vandalism and desecration of religious sites and buildings," said Church spokesman Doug Andersen in a statement issued today. "We are grateful for the efforts of local and federal law enforcement officials to investigate such instances and prosecute those who engage in those actions."
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South Side Scaffolding Removed from the Orem Utah Temple

Scaffolding has come down from the south side of the Orem Utah Temple, placing the beautiful granite cladding on full display. A delicate leaf pattern is carved into the casing around the upper arched windows, coordinating with the ornamentation in the spandrels and window headers. The ground closest to the temple has been prepared for landscaping, and remediation efforts have been carried out for a small fire that broke out last month.
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Third Floor Fire at the Orem Utah Temple Under Investigation

The cause of a fire inside the Orem Utah Temple is under investigation. Flames became visible just before midnight last night. "The source of the fire is not yet known, but it is believed that the fire started on the third floor of the temple. Foam was used to extinguish the fire as much as possible, which limited water damage to the construction site. Damage is still being evaluated this morning. The church is grateful to the Orem Fire Department for their quick response," said Church spokesman Doug Andersen. Read more.
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Hardscaping the Orem Utah Temple Grounds

Forms are being installed on the north side of the Orem Utah Temple for the hard elements that will be incorporated in the temple grounds. Stone cladding of the upper walls has wrapped around the east side to the north, while hanging brackets are installed in the sections ahead. On top of the temple, roofing materials are being affixed to the surface including each tier of the steeple.
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Steeple Added to the Meetinghouse at the Orem Utah Temple Site

A white steeple has been added to the west end of the meetinghouse located on the Orem Utah Temple site. Brickwork has been completed, and a stucco finish is being applied to the rest of the walls. Long-awaited shipments of granite cladding have been delivered, allowing crews to continue installation on the upper walls of the temple. Roofing layers are being added to the multiple tiers of the steeple.
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Bridal Exit Stonework on the Orem Utah Temple

Recent photographs of the Orem Utah Temple provide a close-up view of the beautiful stonework being attached to the bridal exit on the east (rear) side of the building. Stained glass will be installed in the rectangular windows that sit on either side of the arched doorway. The decorative parapet is intricately carved with symbols and shapes coordinating with the temple motif. Weeks of granite cladding are yet ahead, but brickwork on the meetinghouse is nearing completion.
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Planting Trees on the Orem Utah Temple Grounds

Trees are being planted and sidewalks formed in the garden strip that runs directly in front of the entrance to the Orem Utah Temple. Concrete is being poured for other walkways around the temple and meetinghouse while more trees and shrubs are planted. Cladding on both buildings is making progress with granite work focused on the east side of the temple and brickwork focused on the west side of the meetinghouse. Trailers are being dismantled to make way for additional parking lot pavement.
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Inscription Stones Installed on the Orem Utah Temple

The inscription stones that proclaim Holiness to the Lord – The House of the Lord were installed over the main entrance to the Orem Utah Temple earlier this week. Contractors are working as quickly as possible to complete the construction of this sacred edifice. "And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD" (Exodus 28:36).
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Cladding the Upper Walls of the Orem Utah Temple

The snow-capped Lake Mountains stand under a deep blue sky and reflect in the still waters of Utah Lake to create a stunning backdrop for the beautiful Orem Utah Temple. Granite cladding has reached the upper walls of the temple while brickwork continues on the meetinghouse. Plastic sheeting has been used to enclose the maintenance building so the interior work can get underway. It stands at the southeast corner of the property.
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More Window Frames Installed for the Orem Utah Temple

On the second and third floors of the Orem Utah Temple, window frames are being inserted into the tall arched openings while blocking and steel brackets are being attached to the base of the walls ahead of granite cladding. Much of the ground floor remains tented under plastic sheeting where flat granite panels and sculpted granite moldings are being combined into a stunning finished exterior. An arched exterior door was recently cased in beautiful curved stone.
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Granite Cladding Progress on the Orem Utah Temple

Construction workers at the Orem Utah Temple continue to clad the first level of the temple in ornamented granite panels. Work has begun on attaching hanging brackets to the second level, and plastic sheeting has been put up to cover the window openings on the second and third floors. A steel roof deck has been installed on the maintenance building, and brick layers are making progress on the exterior of the meetinghouse.
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Spire and Finial Added to the Orem Utah Temple

A significant milestone was reached today in the construction of the Orem Utah Temple. The finial was assembled and installed to the top of the spire, bringing the temple to its final height. The spire itself was installed yesterday, despite a storm that had dropped snow early in the day. Once the storm clouds parted, however, the spire was hoisted to the top of the tower and bolted into place, adding an ornate beauty to this House of the Lord.
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The Orem Utah Temple Is an Impressive Sight

The Orem Utah Temple is looking more magnificent each day and is especially catching the attention of travelers on Interstate 15 and FrontRunner—the local commuter train. Scaffolding still surrounds the ground floor of the temple where stone cladding continues, but it has been temporarily removed from around the steeple. A vapor barrier is being attached to the exterior of the meetinghouse, and work has begun on shingling the roof.
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Meetinghouse Framing Progress at the Orem Utah Temple Site

Framing of the meetinghouse at the Orem Utah Temple site is swiftly moving forward. Framers have installed the roof trusses that span the main body of the building and are covering them in wood sheets to form the roof deck. Granite cladding of the temple, which has been hindered by shipping delays, has resumed at the southwest corner. The upper floors have been sheathed and mostly sealed. Framing and sheathing of the tower is also progressing.
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Preparing to Clad the Entrance to the Orem Utah Temple

As granite cladding moves across the west face of the Orem Utah Temple, the recently sheathed and sealed entrance will soon be clad as well. Roofing continues over the south side of the main level while frames are installed in the south side window openings. Framing for the steeple is making good progress as is framing for the on-site meetinghouse. Just behind the temple, the floor slab has been poured for the maintenance building.
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Scaffolding Erected Around Orem Utah Temple Steeple

The majestic Wasatch Mountains stand behind the Mountain of the Lord being constructed in the Utah Valley community of Orem. Scaffolding has been erected around the upper steeple of the Orem Utah Temple to give workers a platform to install steel studs, sheathing, and eventually granite cladding. Sheathing is nearing completion on the west (front) side of the temple while steel framing and sheathing continues on the north and east sides. Electrical and plumbing is being roughed in for the on-site meetinghouse ahead of the concrete slab pour.
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Work Underway on All Levels of the Orem Utah Temple

Construction is progressing steadily on every level of the Orem Utah Temple. On the main level, granite cladding is proceeding at the north end where the first temporary windows have been installed. On the second and third levels, sheathing is being fastened to steel studs and covered in a white sealer. At the steeple level, welders are attached steel cleats, which will be used to anchor the light-gauge framing for the exterior walls.
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Cladding the Orem Utah Temple in Granite

The first pieces of granite cladding have been installed on the north side of the Orem Utah Temple over the past couple of weeks. Orange sheathing was attached to the main floor exterior walls and has recently made an appearance on the upper walls. The sheathing is coated in a white sealer before hanging brackets are affixed for the granite. The roof deck has been completed for each tier of the tower, and footings have been installed for the meetinghouse.
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Attaching Hanging Brackets to the Orem Utah Temple

The orange sheathing covering the exterior of the Orem Utah Temple is being coated in a white sealer before stainless steel brackets are attached for hanging the stone cladding. Mechanical equipment has been delivered to the third floor while steel framing continues on the upper levels. Concrete footings have been poured around the base of the steeple, and forms are being set for the footings of the meetinghouse, located west of the temple.
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Sheathing Started at the Orem Utah Temple

Orange boards of sheathing are appearing on the north side of the Orem Utah Temple over the recently installed steel studs along the main level. Concrete floor slabs have been poured and cured for all three floors of the building, and metal decking has been installed for the roof and the first two tiers of the steeple. The front portico has also been framed where patrons will enter the facility.
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Framing the Orem Utah Temple Steeple

The steel frame for the central steeple of the Orem Utah Temple is being assembled and installed atop the three-story structure. With the heavy framing and floor decks in place, light-gauge steel studs are now being attached to the exterior of the building, starting with the main level. Rebar has been placed at the bottom of the mechanical enclosure at the southeast corner for a floor slab pour.
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Making Serious Strides on the Orem Utah Temple

Construction of the Orem Utah Temple is moving forward at a brisk clip with framing for the base of the tower started, the floor deck for the third level installed, and the concrete support walls for the baptismal font poured and cured. Installation of the grand staircase, located at the center rear of the building, is also underway. Patrons will ascend from the main floor to the second floor instruction rooms or to the third floor sealing rooms.
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Second Level Floor Deck Installed for the Orem Utah Temple

Structural framing for the Orem Utah Temple is moving swiftly with framers already securing steel beams and columns for the third level. The floor deck for the second level has also been installed. The temple is being constructed on the west side of the city near Utah Valley University—not far from the shores of Utah Lake. Across the lake, another temple is under construction in Saratoga Springs.
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Preparing to Pour the Font Support Walls at the Orem Utah Temple

A ring of steel bar in the basement of the Orem Utah Temple is ready for forms and concrete to cast the circular walls that will support the weighty baptismal font. The steel infrastructure for the temple is being assembled over the basement and the recently completed footings for the main level. A corrugated steel floor deck has been installed over the basement walls, in preparation for the main floor slab that will be poured.
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Foundation Poured for the Main Level of the Orem Utah Temple

The basement of the Orem Utah Temple has been backfilled, and short foundation walls have been poured that will support the main level. An aerial view of the project shows the greatly expanded footprint of the building, which had originally focused on the partial basement, located in the southeast corner. A 300-foot crane lifts the steel beams to their proper positions for the structural frame of the temple. It will later be used for installing the exterior wall panels.
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Steel Beams Rise Over the Orem Utah Temple Basement

While footings continue to be poured for the main level of the Orem Utah Temple, that has not stopped structural framing from moving forward. Vertical steel beams now rise over the concrete basement with horizontal beams spanning across the tops of the walls. The font room will remain open to the main level since the top of the font will be level with the floor of the main floor baptistry.
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Main Level Footings for the Orem Utah Temple

The footprint for the main level of the Orem Utah Temple is coming into view as footings are poured and trenches are dug beyond the walls of the partial basement. The walls have been backfilled on much of the north side with the foundation growing to the north and west. The square-in-square supporting walls for the baptismal font are clearly visible on the south side of the basement.