Inscription Stones Installed on the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
Granite panels inscribed with the sacred words Holiness to the Lord—The House of the Lord have been installed above the arched opening in the east portico of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple. The lettering will be painted later. Cladding continues on the exterior, and framing for the main entrance doors is underway. Additional sections of the bridge between the temple and meetinghouse have been installed, and preparations for curbing and asphalt are moving forward. Landscaping is progressing south of the temple where a plaza is located and numerous plantings are taking place.
Building a Bridge to the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
A sturdy hydraulic crane at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple has been hoisting heavy sections of precast concrete from the parking lot of the adjoining stake center to the retention pond between the two buildings for the creation of a bridge. Fencing has been installed on the west side of the property, and landscaping is progressing on the south. Gold leaf has been applied to most of the carved stones on the temple exterior that feature a depiction of the mountain laurel. Cladding of the entrance portico is well underway.
Visitors to the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple Welcome Center
Visitors from 26 of the 50 states and 8 foreign countries have paid a visit to the Welcome Center for Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple since construction began. The 1,500-pound cupola was installed last month. The height of the building from the ground to the top of the spire is 125 feet. Installation of the Portuguese granite cladding continues along the base of the north and west sides and along the mechanical level. Art glass installation and landscaping is also making progress.
Cupola and Spire Installed on the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple received a new addition today. The cupola and finial were set in place and secured to the top of the steeple. The new components coordinate in color with the window frames. Crews are making progress on the hardscape of the grounds and the exterior cladding of the temple. It is the second to be built in the state of Pennsylvania, and a third has been announced for the capital city of Harrisburg.
Scaffolding Removed from the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple Steeple
Scaffolding has been removed from the newly clad steeple of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple. The structure features long stained glass and will eventually support a gold spire. Cladding of the main level is progressing on the east side where it has reached the portico. More elements of the hardscape have been installed including sidewalks, fence posts and panels, and lamp posts.
Fencing the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple Grounds
Fence posts set in a concrete mow strip run the length of the east and south sides of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple site. Picketed panels with rings will be installed to complete the wrought-iron fence. Scaffolding has been moved from the south side of the temple, making the granite cladding clearly visible. Cladding has been mostly completed on the first and second tiers of the steeple as well. Pallets of granite panels sit in a staging area on the north side of the building.
Mountain Laurel Carved in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple Cladding
As shipments of granite cladding arrive at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple, installers make more progress on covering the exterior in stone. Some of the carved pieces feature the mountain laurel flower—a theme that will be carried inside. Gold trim is being installed around the steeple windows with space for gold medallion headers. Work is also advancing on the interior including millwork, tiling, plumbing, and wiring.
Cladding the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple Steeple
Cladding of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple steeple is making progress. Hanging brackets can be seen along the base of the pedestal, and a section of stone has been installed on the east side of the steeple body. Cladding is underway not only on the steeple but also on the west end of the building. Crates of additional stone panels sit on the ground north of the temple.
Cladding the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple in Stone
Stone cladding is making its way around the exterior of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple. The work started at the southwest corner and moved to the west end. Hanging brackets have been fastened to the ground floor walls. Sheathing has been attached to the mechanical level frame, and sheathing is moving up the steeple. The arched openings of the front portico can be seen on the east end.
Parking Lot Curbing at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
Concrete crews at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple have begun to hardscape the entrance plaza and install curbing for the north parking lot. Granite cladding is being secured to the exterior at the southwest corner of the building while some painting and millwork is making progress on the interior. Visitors can ask questions and watch construction from the observation deck at the Welcome Center trailer.
Enclosing the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple Before Winter
Crews at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple are working quickly to enclose the building before winter so that temperature and humidity levels can be properly regulated inside. Plastic sheeting has been replaced by glass in nearly every window opening, and tradesmen continue to install wiring, plumbing, and mechanical systems. Some painting has also begun. Concrete planters have been installed on the south side of the temple, and planters are being formed on the east.
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple Steeple Sheathed
Sheathing of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple steeple has been completed, and a moisture barrier has been attached to the exterior walls. Window frames and backing for the window headers are being installed. There are two other temples under construction in the eastern United States in Richmond, Virginia, and Tallahassee, Florida. Three more have been announced for Cleveland, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Tampa, Florida.
Installing Window Frames in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
The purple sheathing on the exterior of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple is being wrapped in a white moisture barrier while sheathing of the steeple continues. At the southwest corner of the building, hanging brackets are being secured to the walls in preparation for exterior cladding. Metal frames are being placed in the window openings for the ornamental header panels and stained glass that will be installed later.
Sheathing Progress on the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
The majority of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple has been covered in eXP® Sheathing with a gypsum core wrapped in a fiberglass mat for mold and moisture resistance. Crews are also applying a Perm-A-Barrier® wall membrane to the sheathing for added moisture protection. Inside the temple, framers are installing steel studs and duct work for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Framing and Sheathing the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
A view of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple from the construction observation deck shows the progress that has been made on framing and sheathing the exterior walls. The majority of sheathing has been installed around the mechanical level while framing of the steeple pedestal and main floor walls continues. A sealer will be applied to the purple sheathing boards before cladding begins.
Roof Deck Installed on the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
An aerial view of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple shows the progress that has been made on adding a roof deck to the steel frame of the building. The temple sits next to a tree-lined creek at the base of a grass-covered hill that rises along the southwest border of the property. Framing of the interior and exterior walls is still ahead for the framing crew.
Steeple Frame Installed on the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
The Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple gained some height a couple of weeks ago when the steeple frame was installed over the center of the body. In this photograph, the rising sun casts an orange glow on the steel framework against a streak of dark purple clouds. Heavy framing of the building will be followed by light framing on the interior and exterior.
Structural Framing of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple Begins
Construction of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple moved above ground last week when steel framing for the superstructure started. The framing crew began with setting several steel columns before laying the connecting beams across the top. The 32,000-square-foot temple is similar in design to other temples under construction in the United States like the Tallahassee Florida Temple.
Forming the Foundation Walls for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
Construction crews at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple are forming and pouring the foundation walls for the single-level building. A small basement will be located on the south side where the baptismal font and equipment will be contained. The temple will stand among the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania between Greater Pittsburgh and Northeast Ohio.
Footings and Foundation Walls for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
An aerial view of the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple site captures a wintry scene where the footings and foundation walls for the sacred building are under construction. Concrete forms have been set for the walls that will surround the baptismal font in the south wing. The construction trailers located along the street serve as office space and a visitors' center for guests who wish to observe construction activity or ask questions.
Preparing a Visitors' Trailer for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
A trailer has been parked outside the construction fence at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple site that is being prepared as a visitors' trailer. Until now, construction activity has been difficult to observe, but the trailer offers an observation ramp that allows guests to watch the construction activity while staying outside the fence. Heavy equipment on site continues the foundation and utility work that is underway.
Building the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple Foundation
Large mounds of dirt have appeared at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple site where rough grading and excavation for the foundation are moving forward. A pile driver will insert columns into the ground to support the foundation from the harder soil or strata beneath. The temple is located north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, which was named for the wild cranberries that once grew along the banks of Brush Creek.
Clearing and Grading the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple Site
Construction trailers have been set up at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple site where heavy machinery is clearing vegetation and rough grading the property ahead of foundation work. The temple will rise among the rolling hills of Cranberry Township, north of Pittsburgh, placing it a little closer to members living in Northeast Ohio. Pittsburgh is known as "the Steel City" and the "City of Bridges" for its nearly 450 bridges.
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple Groundbreaking Ceremony
"Brothers and sisters, I know you will make this temple, and more importantly Jesus Christ, the center of your lives," said Elder Randall K. Bennett of the Quorum of the Seventy who presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple on Saturday, August 21, 2021. The 32,000-square-foot temple will be constructed on a 5.8-acre site at 2093 Powell Road in Pennsylvania’s Cranberry Township behind the stake center for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania North Stake. In his dedicatory prayer, Elder Bennett prayed, "Please let today’s groundbreaking also be a day of emotional and spiritual building in our own lives and families."
August Groundbreaking Announced for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple
Elder Randall K. Bennett, North America Northeast Area president, will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Temple on Saturday, August 21, 2021. The temple will be constructed on a 5.8-acre parcel at 2093 Powell Road in Cranberry Township next to the stake center for the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania North Stake. The single-story building will be about 32,000 square feet. Attendance at the temple site will be by invitation only, but photographs and video will be published on the Church newsroom website following the services.
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.