Construction on the Salt Lake Temple and surrounding Temple Square of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to move forward.
A piece of brilliant engineering took place on the fourth and fifth floors of the temple. Around 200,000 pounds of steel beams were temporarily installed to shore up the walls and floor on the fourth level of the structure.
Fifty-thousand-ton hydraulic jacks, along with a hydraulic manifold system, were installed on the beams. The weight bearing on the pioneer temple walls was transferred to this steel system while retrofitting the seismic upgrade that took place on the floors below.
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Watch the video, “Builders of the Temple: Steel Workers,” to learn how this amazing feat was pulled off.
On the north side of the temple, most concrete walls on the north addition have been poured. This area will accommodate three underground floors for two baptismal fonts, additional sealing rooms, dressing rooms, and other administrative needs.
Inside the north addition, the walls are being framed, and mechanical, electrical, fire suppression and plumbing systems are being installed. Finish work is expected to begin in 2024.
You can read more about the project and its progress on Church Newsroom.
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