Official bid plans for new Provo City Center Temple stay true to historic roots

If you have a copy of the early rendition of the temple, scrap it. If you have copied the 3-D video from YouTube to your Facebook friends, delete it. Residents anticipating the next tidbit on what is happening at the construction site for the new Provo City Center Temple can stop holding their breath -- Provo's community development office has received official bid plans for the temple and surrounding grounds from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

What is evident from a first glance into the 800 pages of descriptions, elevations, floor plans and landscaping is that the LDS Church is going to great lengths to preserve the historical nature of the old Provo Tabernacle. Thanks to modern technology, including the use of lasers, computerized censors, rebar and other devices, construction crews can bring the building up to seismic code and still keep its historical nature. City planner Josh Yost said that while no one will see some of the timbers and material being used, "it is a testament to the length the church is going for historical preservation."

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