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Turning a Corner at the Richmond Virginia Temple

Stone cladding of the Richmond Virginia Temple is progressing to the north side of the building, having started on the south and then wrapped around to the east. The east side stonework features pilasters on either side of the Celestial Room and baptistry windows. Brickwork on the grounds building and mechanical enclosure that stand behind the temple is nearly finished.

East Side Cladding of the Richmond Virginia Temple

Stone cladding of the Richmond Virginia Temple is wrapping up on the south side and wrapping around the corner to the east (rear) side. The exterior walls are built in layers starting with the steel frame; once the sheathing and insulation layers are in place, a final board is affixed to attach the clip and rail system for hanging the stone panels. At the center of the east side are the window openings for the baptistry (main level) and Celestial Room (second level), which is topped with a dome for the chandelier.

Richmond Virginia Temple Exterior Advancements

Stone cladding along the south side of the Richmond Virginia Temple has nearly reached the top of the wall. Green insulation blocks have been attached to the body of the temple, and a blue moisture barrier is following closely behind. The majestic building, which was recently capped with a gold-leafed angel Moroni, is a beautiful sight to behold. The Celestial Room dome on the rear bears a resemblance to the dome on Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, located about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of the temple.

Angel Moroni Added to the Richmond Virginia Temple

Just a day after the steeple was secured to the Richmond Virginia Temple, a fiberglass statue of the angel Moroni was attached to the top of the spire. Coated in gold leaf, the heralding figure beautifully reflects the light of the sun while calling to those who seek the light of the Son, Jesus Christ. The trumpeting angel is regarded as a symbol of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days.

Richmond Virginia Temple Steeple Installed

The beautifully proportioned steeple of the Richmond Virginia Temple was installed today, significantly adding to the height of the building. Cladding is making steady progress on the south side while framing has been completed for the grounds building that sits southeast of the temple near the meetinghouse. Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC are being roughed in for all of the buildings.

Assembling the Richmond Virginia Temple Steeple

On the north side of the Richmond Virginia Temple, the steeple is being assembled in a staging area. The pedestal for the steeple has been constructed on the west end of the building over the entrance. Framing is making steady progress inside of the temple, and cladding continues on the south side including the installation of hanging brackets where the stone panels are attached.

Stone Cladding Begins at the Richmond Virginia Temple

Stone cladding of the Richmond Virginia Temple has begun, beginning at the southeast corner and along the base of the south wall. Visibility of the temple has improved since the power lines that stood between the street and the temple property were buried several weeks ago. The meetinghouse and grounds building on site have been fully sheathed.

Sheathing of Richmond Virginia Temple Progressing

The south side of the Richmond Virginia Temple has been sheathed and insulated, and a good portion of the east and north sides have also been covered in sheathing boards. Behind the temple, a grounds building is under construction with the roof trusses now set in place. The meetinghouse roof has been covered with underlayment in preparation for shingling. The staging areas on site are maintained in a tidy manner.

Sheathing the Richmond Virginia Temple

The metal frame of the Richmond Virginia Temple is steadily being covered in bright green and blue as insulating sheathing is attached to the exterior and wrapped in a protective vapor barrier. The metal studs running between the windows will support ornamental pilasters while the entrance pediment will be supported by full columns. The wooden roof deck has been attached to the top of the adjacent stake center.

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.

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.

Lights Added Inside the Richmond Virginia Temple Frame

Nighttime visibility has increased for construction workers at the Richmond Virginia Temple with the recent installation of temporary lighting inside the structural frame. The temple is oriented toward the corner of the property, creating a stunning view for motorists at the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Mountain Road. The temple and adjacent meetinghouse will be surrounded by a backdrop of trees.

Thanksgiving Weekend at the Richmond Virginia Temple

Even before the famous harvest feast at Plymouth Plantation in 1621, events of thanksgiving had become routine in settlements located in modern-day Virginia. For Virginian members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the construction of the Richmond Virginia Temple is a reason to give thanks this year. This photograph of the beautiful structural framing for the temple was taken Thanksgiving weekend.

Framing Continues for the Richmond Virginia Temple

More structural framing has been erected for the Richmond Virginia Temple including the front portico and the base for the tower. Buckets of painted rocks (3 inches or smaller) have been collected at the Welcome Center, located at 4151 Mountain Road, for placement under the foundation of the temple and other locations on site.

Steel Structure of the Richmond Virginia Temple

The rising structural frame for the Richmond Virginia Temple is a breathtaking sight under the setting sun and among the colorful fall leaves. The main body of the temple has been framed including the octagonal dome that rests on the rear side of the building over the space for the Celestial Room. The front side will support a soaring steeple and a pediment-topped portico.

Structural Framing for the Richmond Virginia Temple

Construction progress on the Richmond Virginia Temple delighted observers last week who saw concrete forms removed and the first structural steel beams rising over the foundation of the building. The neoclassical design developed for the two-story temple echoes elements of the state capitol building that stands about ten miles away in downtown Richmond, Virginia's capital.

Richmond Virginia Temple Footings and Foundation

Aerial photographs of the Richmond Virginia Temple site show the progress being made on pouring the footings and foundation walls for the temple. The location of the baptismal font is visible on the rear side of the building where walls for a partial basement have already been poured and cured, and work has begun on attaching a vapor barrier. An outline is visible for the meetinghouse that will be constructed south of the temple.

Richmond Virginia Temple Basement Walls

Concrete has been poured for the walls of a small basement area on the rear side of the Richmond Virginia Temple where the baptismal font will stand. Having a partial basement allows for the top of the font to be level with the main floor and provides access for font maintenance. The baptistry will be located on the main floor, just beneath the second-floor Celestial Room.

Richmond Virginia Temple Building Permits Issued

Building permits for the Richmond Virginia Temple have been issued by Henrico County, just a couple of weeks following the issuance of building permits for the meetinghouse that will share the site. A beautiful sign identifying the project has been added to the construction fence surrounding the property. Heavy equipment has cleared the ground, and construction of the buildings is just in the beginning stages.

Construction Barrier Up at Richmond Virginia Temple Site

The construction fence around the Richmond Virginia Temple site has been completed, and the meetinghouse site has now been cleared including rough grading for the driveway. The County has issued building permits for the meetinghouse, which will allow construction to proceed. Final approvals for the temple are still underway.

Richmond Virginia Temple Retention Pond

At the Richmond Virginia Temple site, earthmoving equipment has excavated a large retention pond in the area behind the existing residence. Grading continues across the property as various areas of the complex are defined including driveways, parking lots, buildings, and garden spaces. Numerous trees have been retained to provide a buffer between surrounding residences and a beautiful backdrop for the temple.

Driveway Entrance to Richmond Virginia Temple Site

With the majority of trees felled and cleared needed to make way for the Richmond Virginia Temple, crews have begun to rough in the driveway entrance to the temple property off Mountain Road. Construction at the wooded site for Virginia's first temple has been underway for just about a month.

Clearing the Richmond Virginia Temple Site

Numerous trees have been removed from the Richmond Virginia Temple site where construction crews will soon set up shop to begin the work of building the temple, a meetinghouse, and grounds building. An existing residence will remain as part of the project, providing a home to the temple president and matron. Dozens of new trees will be planted across the beautiful grounds once landscaping has commenced.

Private Groundbreaking Held for the Richmond Virginia Temple

A very small but sacred service was held yesterday morning to dedicate the Richmond Virginia Temple site and to formally break ground on the project. Elder Randall K. Bennett, president of the North America Northeast Area, offered the site dedicatory prayer. He was accompanied by his wife, Shelley; newly called Area Seventy, Elder J. Matthew Scott; and Elder Scott's wife, Allyson. To comply with guidelines issued in response to COVID-19, the service was scaled down to five people and was not broadcast to stake centers in the temple district as originally scheduled.

Preparing for the Richmond Virginia Temple Groundbreaking

At an activity held several weeks ago, youth groups gathered to the heavily wooded Richmond Virginia Temple site to clear the land and prepare it for groundbreaking next weekend. Due to the continuing COVID-19 situation, the ceremony will be a small private event and not broadcast to any meetinghouses as originally planned. The decision was made to go forward with the groundbreaking in order to meet previously scheduled construction deadlines.

First Presidency Announces Richmond Virginia Temple Groundbreaking

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Richmond Virginia Temple will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2020. The service will be broadcast to stake centers in the temple district with attendance at the temple site by invitation only. Elder Randall K. Bennett, president of the North America Northeast Area, will preside. The temple will be constructed at 10915 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen, Virginia, a suburb just north of Richmond. The two-story, 36,000-square-foot temple will stand aside a 16,000-square-foot meetinghouse. The temple district will encompass units in Virginia, eastern West Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. It is the first temple to be constructed in the state.

County Approval of the Richmond Virginia Temple Plans

The Richmond Virginia Temple is moving closer to groundbreaking, which is anticipated to take place in the second or third quarter of this year. Preliminary plans for the temple were submitted to Henrico County in March of 2019. After modifications were made based on staff feedback, a formal set of plans was submitted on September 5, and a second submission followed on November 5 with minor revisions. The Planning Commission granted its approval of the project on November 20 while feedback and approval from various county and state organizations continue to be received. Church representatives are now focused on obtaining the building permits needed for construction to begin.

Official Rendering Unveiled for the Richmond Virginia Temple

Eight renderings of the interior and exterior of the Richmond Virginia Temple were on display tonight at an open house held for Church members, neighbors, and journalists interested in the temple project. Just before the open house, local leaders had an opportunity to be briefed by Church representatives and to ask questions. The design of the temple draws inspiration from early American architecture and traditions. A groundbreaking ceremony is expected to take place in the second or third quarter of 2020.

Preliminary Plans Submitted for Richmond Virginia Temple

On March 22, 2019, preliminary plans for the Richmond Virginia Temple were submitted to Henrico County. The plans propose a two-story, 36,200-square-foot temple with a large steeple capped with an angel Moroni statue, an adjoining 16,200-square-foot meetinghouse, a maintenance building, extensive landscaping, and a total of 240 parking spaces.