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Scaffolding Removed from the Pocatello Idaho Temple

Stack after stack of scaffolding sits in staging areas around the Pocatello Idaho Temple, having just been removed from the fully clad building. Mounds of compost are being delivered to the grounds for conditioning and preparation of the soil for soft landscaping that will be planted over the next few months. A few more art glass windows have been installed, but work is largely focused on the interior. Today marks the 191st anniversary of the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Angel Moroni Takes His Place Atop the Pocatello Idaho Temple

On March 10, 2021, just six days before the two-year anniversary of groundbreaking, a gold-leafed fiberglass figure of the angel Moroni was installed at the top of the Pocatello Idaho Temple with his trumpet pointing northwest over the Portneuf Valley. To members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the angel Moroni is a symbol of the restoration of Christ's church in the latter days. The newly clad entrance to the temple, which has been obscured by tenting for months, has also been revealed with its beautiful corner scrolls and Holiness to the Lord inscription stones.

Art Glass Installation Begins at the Pocatello Idaho Temple

The first panes of art glass have been delivered and installed in the upper east wall of the Pocatello Idaho Temple. The floral shapes in the glass represent the bitterroot and syringa flowers that are common and significant to the region. The top of the spire has been wrapped in plastic sheeting to allow cladding to progress, and scaffolding remains in place on the front (west side) of the temple. Inside, there is millwork, network cabling, locker installation, and other activities underway.

The Mountain of the Lord's House in Pocatello, Idaho

With millwork underway inside the Pocatello Idaho Temple and cladding of the spire progressing on the exterior, members are hoping to see the temple completed later this year and to oversee its opening events. "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths" (Isaiah 2:2–3).

Sheathing Reaches Top of Pocatello Idaho Temple Spire

The final segment of exposed steel has been covered in gypsum board sheathing at the top of the spire of the Pocatello Idaho Temple, giving added form to the heaven-pointing structure. The upper portions of the spire have yet to be clad in stone, and cladding continues on the covered entrance to the building. The temple is well positioned to be seen from far across the Snake River Plain. The American Falls Reservoir is seen in the background of the accompanying photograph.

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.

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.

South Side Granite Revealed at the Pocatello Idaho Temple

Scaffolding is coming down from the south side of the Pocatello Idaho Temple where the granite cladding has been completed, joining the completed east side. On the north, the cladding has reached the top of the building and is being grouted while the landscape structures in the north plaza are also being clad. Stonework on the west side continues. Hard landscaping continues to be installed on the south including garden spaces and staircases leading from the parking lot.

Landscaping and Cladding Progress at the Pocatello Idaho Temple

A walk around the Pocatello Idaho Temple has become more inviting with the majority of the chain-link construction fence removed and the black ornamental fence in place. Three strips of landscaping surround the fence including trees and shrubs between the street curb and sidewalk, grass (not yet laid) between the sidewalk and landscape curb, and bushes between the landscape curb and fence. More trees and plants have been added to the grounds, surrounded by a bark mulch. Cladding of the exterior is making great progress with the east and south sides completed, the north side nearly so, and about a third of the west side done. Cladding of the spire continues under plastic sheeting.

Pocatello Idaho Temple Spire Wrapped

The scaffolding surrounding the spire of the Pocatello Idaho Temple has been wrapped in plastic sheeting to protect workers and materials against the cold of the coming winter months. Most of the ornamental fencing has been installed, and curbing is being poured around the perimeter of the fence to create a strip of soft landscaping. Granite cladding has been attached to the east side of the temple, most of the north and south sides, and part of the west. Much of the base of the tower has also been clad. Dozens of crates of travertine tile sit in a staging area for installation on the main floor. Sitting high on the east bench, the temple site affords a beautiful view of the west bench mountains and the Snake River Plain.

Upper Level Granite Revealed at the Pocatello Idaho Temple

Scaffolding is coming down from the east side of the Pocatello Idaho Temple, uncovering the beautifully detailed Temple White granite cladding affixed to the upper walls of the building. Cladding is nearing completion on the south side with some progress being made on the east and north sides. Plenty of work also remains to clad the steeple. Installation of the ornamental fence is progressing with more posts set into concrete and spindles appearing in the open spaces. Crews are bracing for temperatures to take another dip this week as the region gradually descends into winter weather.

Concrete Base Poured for Pocatello Idaho Temple Monument Sign

The west lawn of the Pocatello Idaho Temple recently saw the addition of a concrete base for the monument sign, which is centered in front of the temple and flanked on either side by symmetrical staircases and rows of trees that ascend the hill to the temple entrance. Granite cladding of the upper walls has also reached the west side with the majority of the east and south sides completed. An additional retaining wall has been poured along the east side of the grounds while installation of the ornamental fence continues.

Staircases Added at the Pocatello Idaho Temple

The sun sets on another day at the Pocatello Idaho Temple where construction continues to move forward at a steady pace. A temporary staircase has been added to the scaffolding around the spire to make travel up and down the structure more safe and efficient over the upcoming months. In addition, concrete staircases are being poured across the front lawn from the driveway to the entrance, and the concrete fence posts at each corner of the property are being clad in beautiful granite. Cladding of the building is also making good progress on the east and south sides of the building and around the base of the spire.

Ornamental Fencing for the Pocatello Idaho Temple

Since the end of July, fence installers have been dropping black posts around the perimeter of the Pocatello Idaho Temple site for the ornamental fencing that will enclose the grounds. Forms have been removed from the planter boxes in the north plaza and stakes have been placed to guide the installation of future elements. Granite cladding continues on the upper walls of the east and south sides of the temple as well as around the base of the tower. Due to its complexity, work on sheathing and cladding the steeple may not wrap up until the winter months. Relive the past 17 months of construction in a 10-minute highlights video.

Scaffolding Added Around the Pocatello Idaho Temple Spire

During the month of July, crews assembled scaffolding around the spire of the Pocatello Idaho Temple to prepare for sheathing, cladding, and installation of the angel Moroni statue. A gap in the sheathing on the front side of the temple has now been completed with installation of granite cladding making its way around the rear side toward the front. Concrete planter boxes have been poured for the patron plaza on the north, and trees continue to be planted across the grounds.

Pocatello Idaho Temple Bridal Plaza

On the north side of the Pocatello Idaho Temple, forms are being set for a gathering plaza that will especially cater to bridal parties. Brides and grooms will exit from the rear side of the building and walk to the north where they can be received by family and friends and take pictures with the granite walls of the temple as backdrop. Exterior work is progressing with granite cladding climbing the second-level walls and sheathing being attached to the base of the tower. Interior work is also underway on the main level.

Landscaping the Pocatello Idaho Temple Grounds

Over the past three weeks, landscape contractors at the Pocatello Idaho Temple have made major improvements to the temple grounds including sidewalks and trees around the perimeter of the property, trees in the garden spaces, new irrigation lines, and landscape structures at each of the four corners of the site. Installers are attaching granite to the front entrance portico and preparing for granite installation on the second level by attaching hanging brackets and backing. Temporary glass has been installed in all of the window openings, allowing interior work to move forward.

Deliveries to the Pocatello Idaho Temple

Hundreds of crates fill the staging areas around the Pocatello Idaho Temple as deliveries of materials continue to arrive at the construction site like stacks of steel framing studs, window frames, and ductwork; crates full of granite cladding; and dozens of trees awaiting planting. Granite has been installed on most of the main level including all of the north and east sides and much of the south and west. On the second and third floors, interior framing is well underway, ducts are being installed for the HVAC system, and window frames are going in. At the rear corners of the property, concrete footings have been poured and rebar set for landscape structures. Irrigation lines are also being installed.

Temple Presidents Called for Pocatello and Praia

The First Presidency has extended calls to two more couples who will serve as the temple president and matron of temples that are under construction. Bruce H and Karen F. Winegar have been called to oversee the Pocatello Idaho Temple. And Roberto F. and Eliana A. Oliveira will leave Utah to serve in the Praia Cabo Verde Temple.

Granite Cladding Progress at the Pocatello Idaho Temple

Scaffolding stretches across the rear side of the Pocatello Idaho Temple where granite cladding is being attached. Work started on the north end and has wrapped around to the east side. Months of work are ahead to finish cladding the main level and everything above it. Temporary glass has been installed on the main level and framing progresses inside.

Pocatello Idaho Temple Groundbreaking Anniversary

The Pocatello Idaho Temple reached its groundbreaking anniversary today. In just a year's time, both the substructure and superstructure of the building have been erected, an expansive retaining wall installed, all parking lots paved, and the maintenance building constructed. The work is currently focused on enclosing the temple so that interior work may move forward. A beautiful sunset created the perfect backdrop for this heavenly House of the Lord.

A 360-Degree View of the Pocatello Idaho Temple

Get an overhead view of all sides of the Pocatello Idaho Temple by watching the latest aerial flyover. Outstanding progress has been made on the sublime structure, which has been under construction for just under a year. Interior framing is underway on the main floor while sheathing, sealing, window installation, and granite cladding continues on the exterior.

Pocatello Idaho Temple Sheathing Progress

Enclosure of the Pocatello Idaho Temple has made significant progress with GlasRoc sheathing attached to much of the second and third floors. The water- and fire-resistant surface will soon be covered with a white sealant and hanging brackets for the granite cladding. On the main level, window frames are being installed including the decorative metal medallions that depict wildflowers of the region. The section of granite cladding that has been installed on the north end is now visible.

A Peek at the Pocatello Idaho Temple Cladding

The Temple White granite being attached to the exterior of the Pocatello Idaho Temple is visible along the northwest corner of the building. The precut, numbered pieces are assembled like a giant—and very heavy—jigsaw puzzle. Framing for the exterior walls is nearing completion, which will be followed by window installation and roofing. The work of sheathing and cladding the exterior will continue for many months.

Framing Continues for the Pocatello Idaho Temple

Framing progress is visible along the second and third levels of the Pocatello Idaho Temple where workers are attaching shiny framing brackets and steel studs to the exterior of the heavy-gauge structural framing. Large mechanical equipment has been installed in a future mechanical room, located in the the southeast corner of the third floor. Stone cladding continues under plastic sheeting on the north side of the main level.

Construction Milestone Reached at the Pocatello Idaho Temple

The final section of frame for the spire of the Pocatello Idaho Temple was set in place today, bringing the sacred structure to a height of nearly 200 feet. In the coming months, the spire will be covered in granite, as the work of cladding progresses from the ground floor to the top of the tower. The final height of the building will be achieved when the steeple is crowned with a statue of the angel Moroni.

Inspiring Progress at the Pocatello Idaho Temple

The Pocatello Idaho Temple continues to grow taller with each section of steel frame that is installed for the heaven-reaching spire. On the north side of the building, plastic tarps cover a large section of wall where masons are beginning the work of cladding the exterior in stone. The majority of the ground floor has already been sheathed and protected with a sealant. On the second floor, shiny steel studs are making their appearance along the edges of the temple while many more await their turn to be attached.

Watch Live: Pocatello Idaho Temple Construction

The Facebook page for the Pocatello Idaho Temple now features a live feed of the construction activity at the temple site. Light-gauge steel studs continue to be attached to the structural beams that form the steel skeleton of the building, and a gypsum-based sheathing is forming a solid surface for the walls along the north half of the ground floor. Inside the structure, a few concrete pours have taken place including the front staircase, which is still tented while the concrete cures.

Enclosing the Main Level of the Pocatello Idaho Temple

As winter weather settles into East Idaho's mountain valleys, contractors at the Pocatello Idaho Temple are enclosing the main level of the building with thick sheets of plastic to retain heat and to allow the pouring of the main floor slab. Framing of the building is transitioning from heavy gauge steel to light gauge steel—visible along the north and northwest sides of the main level. Structural framing is expected to be completed by December, taking the temple another 85 feet higher. No delays have been experienced since construction of the temple began in March.

Framing for Tower Begins at the Pocatello Idaho Temple

The last day of October saw the first steel beams installed for the tower of the Pocatello Idaho Temple. Structural framing and floor decks have been completed for the first and second floors while structural framing continues for the third floor and the tower. The first segment of the grand staircase has been installed, leading from the first floor to the second floor. Concrete blocks are being set in place for the exterior walls of the maintenance building located in the southwest corner of the property.