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Here are the latest updates on the Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square renovation projects

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View across North Temple Street shows two new entry buildings being constructed, allowing for a more open view of the Salt Lake Temple. Photo taken June 5, 2024.
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Construction work continues on the historic Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In late March and early April, the first component of the new seismically designed concrete foundation was poured. The new foundation, which includes very large transfer girders, or beams, will carry the massive weight of the Temple from its existing stone foundation through the transfer girders to the new footings upon which the base isolators rest.

Post-tensioned cables, totaling 263 miles (423 kilometers), are also being run through the foundation. Post-tensioned cables are used to transfer the massive weight of the Temple from its existing foundation to the base isolators, which will move five feet in any direction (1.5 meters) in a severe seismic event.

The seismically designed concrete foundation is expected to be completed later this summer.

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Post-tensioned cables, totaling 263 miles, will transfer the massive weight of the Salt Lake Temple from its existing foundation to the base isolators. Photo taken June 5, 2024.
Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Since the beginning of 2024, several areas on Temple Square have reopened to the public. Those areas include the section north of the Tabernacle, the Main Street Plaza, and the plaza south of the Church Office Building, which includes the new flag display. The Main Street Plaza and Conference Center offer viewpoints to observe construction progress.

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Aerial view rendering shows the areas on Temple Square that have reopened to the public—the section north of the Tabernacle, the Main Street Plaza, and the plaza south of the Church Office Building.
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A section of the perimeter wall was removed along North Temple Street, which will give the Salt Lake Temple a more welcoming presence. Two new entry buildings north of the Temple will also allow for a more open view of the sacred structure.

Work is also moving forward on the pavilions located directly south of the temple. Once completed, the pavilions will help visitors better understand the purpose of temples and the peace and spiritual power available to all who worship in the house of the Lord.

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Overview of construction on the east building of the South Pavilions. Photo taken May 15, 2024.
Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

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