Planting Strip Progress at the Tallahassee Florida Temple Site
Landscaping of the planting strip at the entrance to the Tallahassee Florida Temple site is making progress. Two gate posts have been installed that coordinate with the exterior of the temple, and one has been inscribed with the address of the property. Irrigation lines have been stubbed for the sprinkler system, which will water the colorful plants and flowers planned for the space.
Exterior Lighting of the Tallahassee Florida Temple
The exterior lighting system for the Tallahassee Florida Temple is operating, bathing the beautiful building in heavenly light at night. Construction has progressed smoothly over the past 27 months with portions of the landscaping and interior left to be completed. "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5).
Tallahassee Florida Temple Appears Unharmed by Hurricane Idalia
Hurricane Idalia made landfall over Florida's gulf coast this morning, bringing widespread flooding and power outages to hundreds of thousands of residents. The Tallahassee Florida Temple appears unharmed other than some flooding on the grounds, especially near the street. The temple itself stands on higher ground, several feet above street level. Prayers are needed for the individuals and properties affected by the storm.
More Stained Glass Installed in the Tallahassee Florida Temple
The main entrance doors for the Tallahassee Florida Temple have been installed, and stained-glass windows have been glazed on the south side of the building. Light fixtures beautifully illuminate the temple portico and interior, but the exterior will eventually be fully lit. Construction of this House of the Lord has progressed smoothly over the past 26 months. It will be Florida's third temple.
Grass Sod Laid on the Tallahassee Florida Temple Grounds
Construction of the Tallahassee Florida Temple reaches its two-year anniversary on Monday. Work on Florida's third temple has progressed efficiently inside and out. The grounds immediately adjacent to the temple have already been planted with grass, shrubs, and trees while finish work advances on the interior. Light posts have also been installed.
Interior Progress on the Tallahassee Florida Temple
While landscaping continues on the beautiful grounds of the Tallahassee Florida Temple, craftsmen are making progress on the interior including millwork installation and wall painting. Decorative painting is being carried in ordinance spaces as well. Two other temples are slated for construction in Florida: the Tampa Florida Temple and the Jacksonville Florida Temple. A rendering for the Tampa temple was released last month.
Landscaping the Grounds of the Tallahassee Florida Temple
Fencing along the retaining structures at the Tallahassee Florida Temple grounds has made significant progress. Picket panels now span the fence posts, and sprinkler systems are being installed in the flowerbeds. A carefully selected mix of trees, shrubs, and plants are filling in these garden spaces. The meticulously landscaped property will blend beautifully into the surrounding woodland.
Monument Sign Installed at the Tallahassee Florida Temple
At the west end of the Tallahassee Florida Temple grounds, a monument sign has been incorporated into the retaining structures. The sign identifies the sacred building as a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fence poles have been installed along the upper retaining wall, and stained glass is being added to the steeple. The temple will be the third constructed in the Sunshine State.
Beautifying the Tallahassee Florida Temple Retaining Walls
To create a level surface for the Tallahassee Florida Temple grounds, prominent concrete retaining walls were installed at the front and sides of the property. The terraced front walls were poured in a flattened bell-curve shape. Landscapers are beautifying the structure with sloped mounds, dark mulch, and freshly planted bushes. The installation of a black ornamental fence is progressing.
Asphalt Base Layer Laid at the Tallahassee Florida Temple Site
Additional hardscape elements have been installed at the Tallahassee Florida Temple site including curbing, gutters, and a base layer of asphalt in the parking areas. While crews prepare for more landscaping efforts, finish work on the interior continues. Air conditioning units pump dry, cool air into the building through flexible hoses to maintain the proper temperatures and humidity levels. Construction began almost 18 months ago.
Take a Flight Around the Tallahassee Florida Temple
Recent drone footage of the Tallahassee Florida Temple takes the viewer on a flight that circles the entire property. In the accompanying photograph, the rear side of the temple is shown with the waters of Lake Hall and the trees of Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in the background. Retaining walls have been installed around the temple and along the street. Two ancillary buildings are under construction in the rear corners of the site. They will house equipment and services to support the operation of the temple.
Reducing Humidity in the Tallahassee Florida Temple
An air conditioning unit at the Tallahassee Florida Temple pumps dry, cool air into the building to reduce humidity and support the work that is underway on the interior. On the north and south sides of the temple, short landscape walls have been faced with ledgerock. Window frames and transparent glass are being installed in the window openings. Stained glass will arrive during the latter phases of construction.
Dome Installed on the Tallahassee Florida Temple Steeple
A new addition now crowns the Tallahassee Florida Temple. A beautiful octagonal dome sits on top of the tiered steeple, featuring a lattice pattern on the surface and a spun metal finial on top. The steeple rises over the center of the building where the Celestial Room is located. The temple has been enclosed with glass or boards in the window openings, allowing the interior work to progress.
Interior Work Progressing on the Tallahassee Florida Temple
Thick plastic sheeting is being placed in the window openings of the Tallahassee Florida Temple as framing and utility roughs-in continue on the interior. On the exterior, the words Holiness to the Lord—The House of the Lord are inscribed in the entablature over the entrance portico. The temple is the third for the Sunshine State. A fourth has been announced for the Tampa Bay area.
Interior Framing of the Tallahassee Florida Temple Underway
Numerous steel studs are taking residence inside the structural frame of the Tallahassee Florida Temple, forming the rooms and corridors where the sacred work of salvation will be carried out. Cladding of the exterior was recently completed, and hardscaping of the grounds continues. The one-year anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony is just six days away.
Cladding of the Tallahassee Florida Temple Completed
The final precast panels have been secured to the steel frame of the beautiful Tallahassee Florida Temple. A gold dome and finial are planned for the top of the steeple, but they have not yet been installed. The 30,000-square-foot building has caught the attention of motorists traveling Thomasville Road in northeast Tallahassee, and news outlet WTXL recently sought to answer the question many people are asking: What is it? The local story features an interview with Ben Smith, president of the Tallahassee Florida Stake.
Cladding of the Tallahassee Florida Temple Reaches the Steeple
Cladding of the Tallahassee Florida Temple entrance canopy is finished, leaving just the steeple to be dressed in precast concrete before the process is complete. Each panel is custom cast with a high degree of detail and shape, bringing visual interest and architectural beauty to the building. Work continues on the retaining walls that border the front sidewalk of the property.
Exterior Cladding Progress on the Tallahassee Florida Temple
Precast panels continue to be hung on the steel frame of the Tallahassee Florida Temple. The cream-colored stone is a beautiful complement to the surrounding dark green trees. Construction of the temple began just 10 months ago, and it is one of four temples in the state. The Orlando Florida Temple and Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple are in operation, and the Tampa Florida Temple was announced this afternoon.
Steeple Frame Added to the Tallahassee Florida Temple
At the Tallahassee Florida Temple site, a crane has lifted the steeple frame and set it into place at the center of the building while highly ornamented precast panels are attached to the main level. The temple sits on a raised pad that is contained by retaining walls running the length of the property. Construction of the temple has been underway for 9 months.
Precast Panel Delivery Begins for the Tallahassee Florida Temple
The first precast concrete wall panel for the Tallahassee Florida Temple has arrived. Over the coming weeks, numerous panels will be hung on the steel frame of the building to form the ornamented exterior walls. Visitors are welcome to come to the construction site where they will be received by Elder and Sister Hale, a missionary couple who can teach them about temples and answer questions about the construction of the temple in Tallahassee. Learn more about Elder and Sister Hale.
Framing of the Tallahassee Florida Temple Moving Quickly
Swift progress has been made on framing the Tallahassee Florida Temple over the month of January. Framing of the north and south wings is well underway, and work has begun on the mechanical level and steeple pedestal. Residents of Tallahassee enjoy the rolling landscape and the beauty of its natural vegetation including Spanish moss-draped oaks and pine forests.
Setting the Structural Steel for the Tallahassee Florida Temple
Steel columns are rising out of the ground at the Tallahassee Florida Temple site, joining the towering trees that stand behind it. Heavy framing will continue over the next several weeks atop the firm, pier-supported foundation walls. The design for the temple is similar to two other temples under construction in the Southern United States: the McAllen Texas Temple and the Bentonville Arkansas Temple.
Foundation Installed for the Tallahassee Florida Temple
A view of the Tallahassee Florida Temple site from across Thomasville Road (U.S. Route 319) shows the retaining walls that have been installed along the edge of the property and the foundation walls for the temple that have been poured near the center. The concrete foundation is supported by long cylindrical piers. The temple is anticipated to serve members from the Florida Panhandle and portions of Georgia and Alabama.
Forming the Foundation for the Tallahassee Florida Temple
The setting Florida sun catches the concrete shuttering that will form the foundation walls for the Tallahassee Florida Temple. The foundation sits on numerous piers (or columns) that transfer the weight of the building to the firmer soil beneath. Over the past six months, work has been limited to the substructure of the building, but construction will become more visible in the new year as framing of the superstructure gets underway.
Drilling for Tallahassee Florida Temple Pile Foundation
A massive auger is suspended from a crane at the Tallahassee Florida Temple site, ready to drill deep cylindrical cavities into the earth for a pile foundation. The cast-in-place piles will distribute the weight of the temple to the bedrock beneath, providing solid support for the sacred edifice. The concrete retaining walls for the storm detention system are visible along the tree line.
Staging Rebar at the Tallahassee Florida Temple Site
While site grading continues for the Tallahassee Florida Temple, reinforcing steel is being staged for footings, foundations, and landscape structures. Construction has also just begun on the retaining walls planned for the storm water management area. The rich, reddish-colored soil that is being uncovered is typical of the Red Hills region where the temple is being constructed—stretching from the north side of Tallahassee to Thomasville, Georgia.
Clearing the Tallahassee Florida Temple Site
Heavy machinery is clearing vegetation from the heavily wooded site for the Tallahassee Florida Temple. The groundbreaking event for the state's third temple was held earlier this month under the direction of James B. Martino. It will serve Church members in North Florida who currently travel to the Orlando Florida Temple in Central Florida or to the Birmingham Alabama Temple in North Central Alabama.
Groundbreaking Event Held for the Tallahassee Florida Temple
Elder James B. Martino, North America Southeast Area President, presided today at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Tallahassee Florida Temple, located in the northeast section of Florida's capital city. "This temple will bless the entire land around it and the entire community. It will be a beacon of holiness and a place of peace for all to both see and feel. Here we will seek to draw closer to God, to hear His voice, and seek to follow His teachings," said Elder Martino. The 29,000-square-foot temple will rise on a 4.97-acre site adjacent to the meetinghouse on Thomasville Road at 2440 Papillion Way. It will be third temple in Florida, joining the Orlando Florida Temple and Fort Lauderdale Florida Temple. Watch the groundbreaking video.
Sample Panel Presented for the Tallahassee Florida Temple
Details of the design and materials planned for the Tallahassee Florida Temple were shared at a pre-groundbreaking event held on May 22, 2021, including a sample panel of the white precast concrete exterior. The stone will be cast in a variety of shapes and sizes to bring numerous special features to the building including ornamental lintels, Ionic columns, and a magnificent tiered steeple with three levels of windows and a gleaming gold dome.
Young Single Adults Help Prepare the Tallahassee Florida Temple Site
A service activity held Friday evening at the Tallahassee Florida Temple site brought young single adults together from the local region to help clear and prepare the property the next month's groundbreaking event. Vegetation was pruned, mowed, and raked to clear a spot among the trees where a stand and chairs can be set up for the service. The temple will be built on Thomasville Road, which is a highway connecting to Thomasville, Georgia.