Cladding Begins at the Smithfield Utah Temple
Construction of the rear half of the Smithfield Utah Temple is catching up with the front half. The concrete structural walls are in place, and rebar has been set for the pedestal of the rear dome. Waterproofing and sheathing of the concrete continues while framing on the interior and exterior progresses. The first few rows of stone cladding have been installed.
Installing the Grand Staircase of the Smithfield Utah Temple
On the east side of the Smithfield Utah Temple, installation of the grand staircase has begun. The stairs will give patrons access to the second and third levels of the temple where the highest ordinance spaces are located. The temple is rising next to a Church meetinghouse where four wards are housed including the Smithfield 4th Ward, Smithfield 9th Ward, Smithfield 25th Ward, and Smithfield 31st Ward.
Steeple Framing Progress at the Smithfield Utah Temple
Framing of the steeple on the south end of the Smithfield Utah Temple is making excellent progress. The structure will have an octagonal-shaped body with four windows topped with a domed cupola, lantern, and finial. The exterior of the temple is at various stages of completion with some portions still being framed and other portions sheathed and waterproofed. Temporary lighting can be seen on the main level where early interior work is progressing.
Framing the South Steeple of the Smithfield Utah Temple
Steel columns have been secured to the top of the Smithfield Utah Temple for the frame of the domed steeple that will rise over the entrance to the building. Lighter framing can be seen running down the front facade, which will be sheathed and waterproofed like the southwest stairwell. While much of structural frame is in place for the front half of the building, framing for the rear half has not yet reached the second and third floors.
Exterior Sheathing of the Smithfield Utah Temple Begins
Sheathing of the Smithfield Utah Temple has begun, starting at the southwest stairwell where panels are being attached to the steel frame and concrete shear walls. Interior framing continues on the south side of the temple while forming for the north basement walls gets underway. The temple is rising on the western edge of the city where there are many farms and fields.
South Walls of Smithfield Utah Temple Grow Taller
The south shear walls of the Smithfield Utah Temple have topped out, which feature a large central window opening. Structural framing is underway for the southwest stairwell and the temple's mid-section. An orange and white checkered flag, known as an Airfield Safety Flag, is attached to the top of the crane. It draws pilots' attention to the height of tall construction equipment. Construction has been underway for just over a year.
Second Floor Walls Rising for the Smithfield Utah Temple
Structural walls and steel columns continue to grow taller at the south end of the Smithfield Utah Temple. Concrete crews are currently constructing the second floor walls by setting columns of rebar, encasing them in concrete forms, and then pouring liquid concrete into the forms. The forms stay in place until the concrete has cured. At the north end of the excavation pit, the octagonal footings for the two baptismal fonts have been installed.
Building the Shear Walls for the Smithfield Utah Temple
The reinforced concrete shear walls for the Smithfield Utah Temple are rising above ground. The walls will provide important structural strength to the building and resist any lateral forces such as high winds. The three-story temple will be approximately 81,000 square feet. Heavy winter weather has affected the speed of construction, which is nearing the 10-month mark.
Snow Covers the Smithfield Utah Temple Site
Snow has been plentiful this winter in the Cache Valley where construction advances on the Smithfield Utah Temple. Work continues on pouring the walls for the two-level basement where plastic tenting is used so that the concrete cures properly. The first settlers of the Smithfield area arrived in 1859. The settlement was named Summit in 1860, but it was later renamed Smithfield in honor of the first bishop, John G. Smith.
Building the Foundation Walls for the Smithfield Utah Temple
Concrete shuttering for the foundation walls of the Smithfield Utah Temple is wrapping around the south end where the structural frame for the building continues to grow. A deeper excavation is visible on the north end for the subbasement level. Footings and plumbing lines have been installed for the maintenance building, located on the east side of the property. Cache Valley's second temple has been under construction for six months.
Forming the Basement Walls for the Smithfield Utah Temple
A heavy equipment operator positions a crawler crane along the edge of the excavation at the Smithfield Utah Temple site where it can lower the heavy materials needed to form the reinforced concrete walls of the south side of the foundation. Deeper excavations have been carried out on the north side where there will be two basement levels. Construction of the temple began four months ago.
Setting Rebar for the Smithfield Utah Temple Footings
Inside the concrete forms for the footings of the Smithfield Utah Temple, rebar is being tied in a uniform grid pattern. The steel bar will strengthen and reinforce the concrete foundations of the building. Work has begun on the front end of the south-facing temple where forms for the portico footings can also be seen. The north end will feature a subbasement level to accommodate the temple's two baptismal fonts.
Detailed Excavation for the Smithfield Utah Temple
On the western outskirts of Smithfield under a beautiful Cache Valley sunset, construction continues on the Smithfield Utah Temple and maintenance building. Excavation for the temple has become more detailed to prepare for the footings and foundations. And forms have been installed for the foundation walls of the maintenance building, located along the eastern edge of the property.
Massive Excavation for the Smithfield Utah Temple Foundation
Truckload after truckload of dirt has been hauled away from the Smithfield Utah Temple site as the work of excavation for the foundation continues. The three-story temple will feature a full basement with a subbasement. Northeast of the excavation, footings are being formed for a maintenance building near the existing stake center. The temple sits on the west side of the city surrounded by farmland.
Construction Activity at the Smithfield Utah Temple Site
Construction activity has ramped up at the Smithfield Utah Temple site, following the groundbreaking ceremony that was held two weeks. The former farmland had a high concentration of organic matter in the loose surface soil, which is being cleared and moved into large dirt mounds to expose the firmer subsoil. A chain-link construction fence with a privacy screen surrounds the site, and trailers for the contractors and on-site missionaries have been hauled on to the property.
Groundbreaking Held for the Smithfield Utah Temple
"I love this beautiful valley," said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on a windy Saturday morning at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithfield Utah Temple. "I have seen much of the world, but this peaceful valley surrounded by these majestic mountains always feels like home to me. It is among the most beautiful places on earth." Elder Cook was accompanied by Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve, both of whom were raised in Cache Valley. They expressed their delight in the construction of a second temple for the valley, joining the historic Logan Utah Temple. Plans call for the construction of a three-story temple on a 13.3-acre parcel at N 800 West and W 100 North in Smithfield, which had been farmed by the LaMont Poulsen family for more than 160 years. In his site dedicatory prayer, Elder Cook said, "Our hearts are full of appreciation for those who have gone before us and who have laid the foundation for a temple in northern Cache Valley." He added, "We pray that this temple will be a beacon light for the communities it serves."
Preparing for the Smithfield Utah Temple Groundbreaking
On-site preparations have begun for the groundbreaking event that will be held for the Smithfield Utah Temple in less than two weeks. The ground is being cleared and leveled, gas lines have been marked, and audio equipment has been tested. Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the ceremony, and he will be accompanied by Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Twelve, who has been in Japan for the reopening of the Tokyo Japan Temple.
Elder Cook to Break Ground for the Smithfield Utah Temple
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithfield Utah Temple on Saturday, June 18, 2022. He will be accompanied by Elder Gary E. Stevenson, also of the Quorum of the Twelve. The temple will be constructed on a 13.3-acre plot of farmland located at the intersection of N 800 West and W 100 North. Plans call for a three-story structure of approximately 83,000 square feet.
Exterior Rendering Released for the Smithfield Utah Temple
The official exterior rendering for the Smithfield Utah Temple was released today, featuring a historical design inspired by the pioneer era when the nearby Logan Utah Temple was built. The new three-story temple will be approximately 81,000 square feet and follow a floor plan similar to the Lindon Utah Temple. The temple will be constructed on a 13.3-acre site at the intersection of N 800 West and W 100 North in Smithfield.
Site for the Smithfield Utah Temple Announced
A 13.3-acre tract of farm land located next to a meetinghouse in the Smithfield Utah North Stake at the intersection of N 800 West and W 100 North (Highway 218) has been announced as the location for the Smithfield Utah Temple. Plans call for a three-story building of approximately 81,000 square feet. It will be second temple in Cache Valley, joining the 137-year-old Logan Utah Temple. No date has been announced for the groundbreaking, and no temple rendering has been revealed.