This story is a reverse-chronological timeline of updates related to the Salt Lake Temple renovation and will be updated throughout the project. Find more information at templesquare.org. All photos are ©2023 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
January 2023 Construction Update
The Salt Lake Temple renovation project recently completed its third year.
In 2022, the following major work took place:
- Began Main Street Plaza work, which includes waterproofing and landscaping
- Continued work on the “jack and bore” process of installing reinforced concrete beams under the existing foundations of the temple
- Installed waterproofing and snow-melting heating conduit on the Church Office Building plaza. Began new paving work
- Completed excavation on the north side of the temple
- Began construction of the guest experience pavilions south of the temple
- Began construction of the three additional lower floors of the temple addition (just north of the temple), which will include two baptistries, sealing (or marriage ceremony) rooms, dressing rooms, and administrative offices
- Completed excavation on the northwest corner of Temple Square, where there will be gardens for peaceful contemplation; removed portions of the wall
In 2023, the following work is expected to begin or continue:
- Begin additional work on some of the areas surrounding Temple Square, including renovations on the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Beehive House, and Lion House
- Continue construction of the guest experience pavilions south of the temple
- Complete the Church Office Building plaza (expected in late fall)
- Complete the Main Street Plaza (expected in late fall)
- Complete the gardens and additional facilities in the northwest corner of Temple Square (expected in early fall)
- Install structural steel frames inside the tower spires
- Begin installation of base isolator system
- Complete the structural work of the three new floors on the north side of the historic temple; begin finish work
- Reinforce the stone walls and towers, which includes vertical drilling from the wall and tower columns to accommodate and connect post-tensioned cables to the new foundation
The following video provides a full explanation of the Salt Lake Temple renovation. To read more about the process and view all updates, visit TempleSquare.org.
For a more comprehensive video on the seismic upgrade process, watch this extended version.
September 2022 Construction Update
In January 2020, the South Visitors’ Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, was demolished as part of the Salt Lake Temple renovation project. Crews have recently completed excavation of the area and are beginning to erect pavilions and a new guest building.
The above-ground pavilions will offer direct and unobstructed views of the temple. They will be connected by a large underground hall with unique experiences for guests to learn about the temple.
The upper level will house an updated Salt Lake Temple cutaway scale model and a statue of Jesus Christ. Plans for the lower level include an ongoing temple open house experience. This will include replicas of sacred temple ordinance rooms, such as a baptismal font and instruction, sealing, and celestial rooms.
The guest experience will help visitors understand Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness, the role of the Savior Jesus Christ, the purpose of temples to unite families for eternity, and the importance of families as the foundation of society.
It is anticipated that the new guest buildings and experience will open to the public when the Salt Lake Temple renovation is complete in 2025.
August 2022 Construction Update
How do you suspend a 187-million-pound iconic temple while excavating 20 feet below its nearly 170-year-old foundation? With reinforced steel tubes in a process called “jack and bore.” This process is a key component in the seismic upgrade of the Salt Lake Temple, now in its third year of renovation.
Watch the video below to see why jack-and-bore crews spend eight-plus hours a day in steel tubes hand digging under the tonnage of the temple and why they must be laser-focused with their approach. The entire temple literally rests on the result of their gritty but intricate work.
As part of the renovation project, many of the grounds and areas surrounding Temple Square are being remodeled. The new landscape design will better integrate the temple grounds with Main Street, the Church Office Building plaza, and the northeast areas of the temple that surround it.
Main Street Plaza began renovation in April. The gardens, reflection pool, and decorative landscaping were removed to repair and add new waterproofing to the decking that covers the underground employee parking garage.
New stonework is being installed on the Church Office Building plaza. The walking areas are also receiving new pavers.
Crews have made progress on implementing a newly designed contemplative garden space northwest of the temple. The gardens will include additional restroom facilities for visitors to Temple Square and events in the Tabernacle and Assembly Hall.
The West Temple mid-block crosswalk has been closed for several months. New planter boxes are being built as part of the future crosswalk between Temple Square and the Church History Museum.
April 2022 Construction Update
The Main Street Plaza on Temple Square is now closed to the public. Renovations to the plaza will enhance landscaping and fountain areas to provide a consistent look and flow through Temple Square.
Just east of the Main Street Plaza, work on the Church Office Building plaza is making significant progress. Bright orange snow-melting conduit is being installed under freshly poured sidewalks in some areas — providing snow-free walkways. New stonework is also being placed in some of the walls near State Street.
On the south side of the temple, excavation has started to prepare for two new buildings that will provide additional guest experiences and services for visitors to Temple Square.
On the north side of the Salt Lake Temple, crews are beginning construction of the second floor of the temple addition by building sheer walls around the whole perimeter of the addition. This addition will accommodate three floors of new temple space — including baptistries, sealing rooms, dressing rooms, administrative offices and so forth.
March 2022 Construction Update
Due to the ongoing renovation on Temple Square, the Main Street Plaza connecting North Temple and South Temple will be closing on April 11, 2022, for additional renovation and landscaping. It will remain closed until Fall 2023.
Crews will complete the following:
- Inspect and repair the plaza deck
- Update the waterproofing system
- Refurbish the north and south entry fountains
- Install a larger reflecting pool in the center
- Refresh the landscape design to better integrate the Main Street Plaza with the Church Office Building plaza and the Salt Lake Temple grounds
The following map shows available pedestrian access points to and from buildings on Temple Square.
The following are the latest renderings of the proposed plans for Temple Square and the Main Street Plaza.
The main renovation work on the Salt Lake Temple continues.
The area where the North Visitors’ Center was previously located is now being refilled with soil to build up a level surface for future construction of additional restrooms to support events in the Tabernacle and Assembly Hall and the drilling of a new water well.
A fourth concrete pour was completed in early March that finished the bottom floor of the North Temple addition. This new footing is 42 inches (1 meter) thick and heavily reinforced with steel. The construction of shear walls and columns to support upper floors has also begun.
On the Church Office Building plaza, snow-melt conduits are being placed underneath where walkways will be poured with concrete.
January 2022 Construction Update
As 2022 begins, the Salt Lake Temple renovation project enters its third year.
Over the past two years, two tower cranes were erected on the north and south sides of the temple. These cranes have been used for various purposes, including removing stones from the walls and towers. These stones will be cleaned and repaired and then replaced in their original locations. The cranes have also been used to lift materials for workers into and around the temple. A third crane with greater lifting capacity was used to lift the new roof trusses. The following video shares the experience of the crane operators.
Current work on the Church Office Building plaza involves waterproofing the repaired concrete surface and installing large Styrofoam blocks under the landscaped areas. The blocks help reduce the load on the existing concrete deck. When completed near the end of 2022, the plaza will also boast flags from various nations around the world and new landscaping.
The machine pictured above removes the damaged concrete to a depth of about 2 to 2.5 inches at the plaza top deck. It is known on site as the “concrete lawnmower,” but its proper name is a hydro blaster machine. The blaster shoots an oscillating, high-pressured water stream through a tiny nozzle that removes the damaged concrete (seen in front of the machine).
The “broom” machine then removes the concrete. This machine has a large rotating brush that cleans debris from the concrete surface so that it can be repaired with new concrete.
The surface is also being filled with soil and tamped down to provide a stable and even surface for future paved areas:
The photo above shows a view from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, overlooking work on the Church Office Building plaza. The white blocks are the Styrofoam being placed to reduce the load of the soil on the concrete deck.
As the excavation on the north side of the temple nears completion, excavation on other sides of the temple will continue as workers prepare for further stabilization work. The picture below was taken in front of the east towers of the temple. The excavation is preparation for a new concrete pad. The stable surface will support the heavy equipment to be used in the jack-and-bore process.
The North Visitors’ Center demolition is nearly complete. However, some work remains, such as removing the basement walls and sorting rubble for recycling. The photo below shows the area where the North Visitors’ Center used to stand.
A second large concrete pour was completed two weeks ago in the area shown below. It created the bottom foundation for the temple’s new three-level north addition.
In this photo, workers are preparing the extensive steel reinforcement needed for the concrete pour.
The red sensors (below) monitor temperature before and after the pour to ensure proper curing and strengthening of the concrete.
View of the area where the second large concrete pour was recently completed:
December 2021 Construction Update
Construction on the north addition of the Salt Lake Temple continues. Crews have laid concrete over more than half of the area. This provides a clean and level working surface for the foundation of the new floors. This week, the largest concrete pour to date will form the first quarter of the bottom 42-inch-thick floor of the temple addition. Some 1,800 cubic yards will be poured over a period of about 8–10 hours. Three concrete pump machines will be used simultaneously for this continuous pour.
In the photos below, workers lay a steel mat to hold the concrete.
Workers recently began vertical drilling inside the temple’s tower and wall columns. The first drilling commenced in the north wall near the northwest tower. Once the drilling reaches through the entire structure, post tension cables will be inserted, tensioned into the cavity and anchored into the foundation (about 80 feet or 24 meters below). The machine pictured is one of two drills positioned on the roof of the temple.
The demolition of the North Visitors’ Center, which was first announced in June 2021, is on track for completion by January 2022. Debris, such as concrete and steel, is carefully sorted for recycling purposes. The replica of the Christus statue was carefully removed from the facility this summer for preservation. The statue will be reinstalled on Temple Square at the end of the renovation.
The area where the North Visitors’ Center previously stood will become a contemplative garden space with clear views of the temple. It will also include additional restrooms to support events in the Tabernacle and Assembly Hall. At the start of the Temple Square renovation project in January 2020, the main arrival center and primary venue for guests shifted to the Conference Center.
The jack and bore process continues. To seismically strengthen the temple, large pipes are inserted under the existing footings of the building. These pipes are heavily reinforced with steel and filled with structural concrete to act as supporting beams beneath the existing foundation. The soil inside the pipes is initially removed by hand to ensure the pipes are precisely installed. About half of the pipes will be dug by hand and half will be drilled with a machine using the large green augers shown below.
Workers on the Church Office Building plaza project are preparing for the future placement of flags to represent the nations of the world. Styrofoam blocks are used as spacers to reduce the weight of the soil on the repaired deck. The Styrofoam blocks will be covered with topsoil for landscaping.
The meticulous process of removing and cataloging stone for repair and restoration on the eastern towers and walls of the temple can be seen from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
The First Presidency has released a statement on the new estimated completion date for the Temple renovation project:
The seismic strengthening of the Salt Lake Temple and the extensive remodel of the Temple and surrounding area are sacred and significant undertakings. As the project has progressed, we have learned a great deal about the condition of the temple and its surroundings. The work is truly remarkable and is being guided by the First Presidency. Inspired modifications and additions to the project and scope have been made so the temple and Temple Square can serve many generations yet to come. It is anticipated that the temple and its surroundings will be completed in 2025. We look forward to welcoming the world at that time to visit, tour and learn about this sacred temple and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
November 2021 Construction Update
In the second week of November, crews began demolishing the North Visitors’ Center. Earlier in 2021, it was announced that this building would be removed as part of the ongoing Salt Lake Temple renovation project. The area will be replaced with a contemplative garden space with clear views of the temple. It will also include additional restroom facilities to support events in the Tabernacle and Assembly Hall.
Excavation is nearing completion on the north side of the temple. The north addition will accommodate three additional floors with two baptistries, sealing rooms, dressing rooms, and administrative offices. Crews began laying concrete to create a working slab, which will provide a clean and level working surface for the foundation of the new floors.
Excavation continues on the north side of the temple as workers deepen the retaining walls.
The “jack and bore” process continues. This process consists of inserting large pipes under the existing footings of the temple. These pipes are heavily reinforced with steel and filled with structural concrete to act as supporting beams beneath the existing foundation of the temple.
In this photo, the pipe is being inserted while a fan provides fresh air to the workers who remove the soil inside the pipe.
The picture below shows a complete jack and bore beam filled with structural concrete. On its left is a pipe in the process of being inserted under the footings of the temple. The worker inside the pipe gradually removes the soil to allow the pipe to be inserted under the existing footing. At this location, under the west towers of the temple, the pipes are 40 feet (12 meters) long.
This photo shows a completed jack and bore pipe installation that is filled with concrete on the right. Another pipe is being prepared on the left.
On the temple roof, preparation is underway to begin the work of vertically drilling inside the tower and wall columns. This will be done to insert post-tension cables that will be anchored into the new foundation of the temple some 80 feet (24 meters) or more below. The machine in the photo below will be used to perform precision vertical drilling inside the stone columns and walls. Two large drilling platforms have been built to provide adequate working areas for this complex and delicate work near the west towers.
Waterproofing continues on the Church Office Building plaza area.
This area is being prepared for flag stands to represent the nations of the world.
October 2021 Construction Update
The “jack and bore” process, a key component of the seismic renovation system of the Salt Lake Temple, continues to move forward. Pipes filled with reinforced steel, post-tensioning strands and high-strength concrete are placed in the original foundation. These steel pipes are 3.5 to 4 feet in diameter. Soil is removed from inside the pipes as they are gradually inserted horizontally. Each pipe is 40 feet long, made from two 20-foot-long pieces welded together. So far, five of 92 such pipes have been installed and three have been filled with concrete.
Deep excavation continues on the north side of the temple to prepare for three additional lower levels. These lower floors will include sealing rooms, two baptistries, administrative offices, changing rooms and a tunnel entrance to the temple from the Conference Center parking garage.
The excavation is nearly at the bottom level. The next steps will include pouring concrete slab as a working surface before formwork begins on the lowest floor of the temple addition.
All five rows of walers (horizontal bracing beams) in the large secant wall have now been installed to further reinforce the vertical steel and concrete columns that form the secant wall.
Finials and stones of various sizes continue to be removed from the towers and the upper north and south walls of the temple. Each stone is carefully cataloged and labeled before being taken to a storage place. Each stone will be reinstalled at the very same location it was originally placed. The picture below shows the original black markings used by the early Latter-day Saint builders to label each stone location.
Additional roof trusses have also been installed alongside the original trusses, which will remain in place. All new trusses will brace the upper north and south temple walls as part of the seismic improvements.
Workers wear protective suits as they work on the stone removal.
Reconstruction work on the Church Office Building plaza is proceeding. New concrete has been laid and waterproofed. An elliptical concrete structure is being built to display flags in the plaza.
The last photo shows a view of the temple from the 10th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. On the east side of the temple is a new utility bridge to provide additional power for the vertical drilling work. This drilling will run the length of the walls and towers from top to bottom to further reinforce the building’s stonework.
September 2021 Construction Update
Newsroom published the following construction update on September 23, 2021.
Over the past month, the Salt Lake Temple has begun “jack and bore,” a major seismic strengthening process in which steel pipes, 3.5 to 4 feet in diameter, are inserted below its existing foundations. The soil is removed from inside the pipe as it is gradually inserted horizontally. Each pipe under the temple towers is 40 feet long, made from two 20-foot-long segments welded together. The soil inside the pipes will initially be removed by hand to ensure the pipes are precisely installed. The gap between the outside surface of the pipe and the surrounding soil is then filled with grout. After the pipes are installed, they will be filled with reinforced steel, including post-tensioning strands, and high-strength concrete. The entire existing foundation of the temple will be supported by 92 such pipes.
The first pipe was inserted in late August under the east towers.
On the north side of the temple, the excavation has continued past the level of the entrance tunnel. This excavation will provide space for three new underground floors, which will be used as an addition to the temple. The tunnel will connect the Salt Lake Temple to the underground parking garage in the Conference Center to provide safer and easier access to those visiting the sacred edifice.
Two new trusses were installed on the roof of the temple. Three of the eight areas (or bays) have already been completed as part of the truss installation. The roof is closed each time new trusses are installed to protect the interior finishes of the historic building.
The secant wall that acts as a retaining wall around the temple continues to be excavated to prepare for the three future floors underground and to contain the soil under the temple.
August 2021 Construction Update
Newsroom published the following construction update on August 18, 2021.
As the renovation of Temple Square and the Church Office Building Plaza enters its 20th month, the following video and photos below give a glimpse of the past three months of work on this enormous project. The most recent construction undertakings include the reinforcement of the temple roof, continued renovation of the Church Office Building Plaza to the east, and additional excavation on the north side of the temple.
Riggers prepare the 90-foot truss for flight via crane to the roof of the Salt Lake Temple in June 2021. The 35,000-pound steel framework will help strengthen the attic for new mechanical equipment and tie in the roof to the foundation to help stiffen the temple as part of the seismic upgrade. The photo was taken in August 2021.
An 8,000 pound air-handler unit being installed. This piece of equipment will handle the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system for the temple. Photo taken from YouTube screenshot.
Names J.W. Edwards and C. W. Clayton carved on the Salt Lake Temple trusses installed in the 1800s. During the temple’s seismic upgrade, these old trusses briefly sit next to their modern-day counterparts before being removed. Photo taken from YouTube screenshot.
Crews removing all of the asbestos-laden waterproofing from the top of the roof deck of the employee parking structure just below the Church Office Building Plaza. The photo was taken in August 2021.
In early August, the north crane foundation was poured using 350 cubic yards or 267 cubic meters of concrete. This will allow for a second tower crane to be built that will be 250 feet or 83 meters in height. The photo was taken in August 2021.
A view from the roof of the Salt Lake Temple in June 2021. Crews are preparing the north side for construction of an underground three-level addition. The photo was taken in August 2021.
Excavation has reached 45 feet below street level on the north side of the Salt Lake Temple. Twenty more feet of soil will be removed before construction begins on the three-level underground north addition. These facilities will include the baptismal fonts, additional sealing rooms, dressing rooms, administrative offices and so forth.
The secant wall, made up of rows of interlocking concrete and steel columns, 85 feet deep, shores up the temple foundation for excavation of the three-level underground north addition. Beams attached to the wall, called walers, help keep the soil in place by fastening long tension cables deep into the earth with grout. The photo was taken in August 2021.
July 2021 Construction Update
Newsroom published the following construction update on July 16, 2021.
As Temple Square has begun reopening to the public, visitors are wondering what is happening with the Salt Lake Temple renovation. At the Conference Center, the roof gardens provide a view of the renovation project, as shown in the following photo.
Aerial view of the Salt Lake City Temple excavation and renovation project, Salt Lake City, July 2021.
The lagging shown in the next photo, used to prevent cave-ins, helps contain all the soil pressure from the surrounding areas as the crews begin deeper excavation in preparation to construct three lower levels of the temple. These floors will include temple maintenance facilities, two baptistries, dressing rooms, sealing rooms, administrative offices, and more. As the depth of the retaining wall increases, additional walers (horizontal steel beams) are added to strengthen the structure.
The planking, or lagging, helps contain all the soil pressure from the surrounding areas as the crews begin deeper excavation in preparation to construct three lower levels of the temple, Salt Lake City, July 2021.
The secant walls and buttresses shown below are reminiscent of fortresses. They contain the soil and hold the foundation of the temple in place in preparation for jack and bore drilling under the existing footings of the temple. This process will begin in August to prepare for the new foundation that will encase the existing foundation of the temple and the base isolators designed to resist seismic events.
The secant walls and buttresses contain the soil and hold the foundation of the temple in place in preparation for drilling under the existing footings of the temple, Salt Lake City, July 2021.
Workers continue to remove stones from the top of the temple walls and towers in preparation for vertical seismic reinforcement. So far, approximately 1,000 stones have been removed, with 4,000 more to go.
Workers continue to remove stones from the top of the temple walls and towers in preparation for seismic reinforcement, Salt Lake City, July 2021.
On the Church Office Building plaza, crews remove damaged concrete on the surface of the existing slab to a depth of about 1.5 inches (4 centimeters). The machine in the photo below removes the damaged concrete in preparation for the placement of high-strength grout to repair the concrete surface.
On the Church Office Building plaza, machines remove damaged concrete in preparation for grout to repair the concrete surface, Salt Lake City, July 2021.
Work continues on the Church Office Building plaza as damaged concrete is removed to prepare for grout to repair the concrete surface, Salt Lake City, July 2021.
A view of the Salt Lake City Utah Temple from the Church Office Building plaza as work continues on the Temple Square renovation project, Salt Lake City, July 2021.
As announced in June 2021, the North Visitors’ Center has been decommissioned. All art, exhibits, and artifacts in the building have been removed. The “Christus” statue was carefully boxed and removed by a crane on Monday, July 12, 2021. It will be placed in storage for preservation and will return to Temple Square at the end of the renovation process.
June 2021 Construction Update
Newsroom published the following construction update on June 21, 2021.
The Salt Lake Temple has been closed for renovation since December 2019. The Church Office Building plaza closed for an upgrade in February 2021. The following is the latest in a series of regular updates about these projects.
Over the past month and a half, four steel trusses have been added to the roof of the Salt Lake Temple.
The existing steel trusses (painted yellow in the photos below) will remain and are paired, side by side, with the new trusses as part of the seismic design of the temple. The new trusses are erected two at a time to control the exposure of the existing roof. Each new truss weighs about 35,000 pounds (15 metric tons) and is 88 feet (27 meters) long at the bottom. Once a pair of new trusses is in place, cross bracing is installed to immediately provide lateral bracing. The bracing is not welded in place but secured by nuts and bolts to avoid the risk of fire.
Crews prepare to place a new truss on the temple. New trusses weigh about 35,000 lbs or about 15 metric tons and is 88 feet long or 27 meters long at the bottom, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
Cranes help lift new trusses which are erected two at a time to control the exposure of the existing roof, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
Crew members pair existing steel trusses (painted in yellow) side by side with new trusses as part of the seismic design of the Temple, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
Steel trusses are prepared for placement on the Salt Lake Temple roof as part of the renovation, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
Crews prepare to lift new steel trusses into place, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
The renovation of the Salt Lake Temple moves forward as workers create and place steel trusses on the roof as part of a seismic upgrade, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
The deep secant wall, with buttresses that were previously built, is being gradually exposed to prepare for further deep excavation needed to construct three additional floors of the temple facilities. These facilities will be directly north of the temple and include the baptismal fonts, additional sealing rooms, dressing rooms, administrative offices and so forth. The buttresses of the secant wall will also resist the loads and lateral forces from the massive weight of the temple, which exceeds 185 million pounds (84,000 metric tons).
Further excavation is planned on the Temple, which weighs more than 185 million pounds or 84,000 metric tons, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
The previously built buttresses on a deep secant wall are gradually exposed to prepare for more excavation needed to construct three additional floors of the temple facilities, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
In addition, large horizontal steel beams, called walers, are installed to further brace and strengthen the steel and concrete columns that form the secant wall. Post-tensioned cables run through the walers and add pressure against the secant wall. This helps resist the soil pressure that naturally increases with depth. The depth of the secant wall is approximately 80 feet (24 meters). Excavation will continue until it reaches the depth of the bottom of the new lower third floor of the additional facilities.
Post-tensioned cables running through steel beams are exposed. They help resist soil pressure that increases with depth. The depth of the secant wall is approximately 80 feet or 24 meters, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
The tunnel underneath North Temple street that will connect the Conference Center parking to the new second floor of the temple is now complete up to the wall of the Conference Center parking garage. The tunnel wall is lined with concrete, and the floor is now a structural concrete slab. The tunnel will be excavated into the Conference Center parking lot in the coming months. Below is a view of the Salt Lake Temple from the tunnel underneath North Temple street.
A view of the Salt Lake Temple from the tunnel underneath North Temple street that will eventually connect the Conference Center parking lot to the temple, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
On the Church Office Building plaza, the fountain is now entirely removed.
A view of the Church Office Building Plaza after the removal of a large fountain, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
A view of the Church Office Building Plaza after the removal of a large fountain, Salt Lake City, June 2021.
May 2021 Construction Update
Newsroom published the following construction update on May 6, 2021.
Crews have reached the end of a new 180-foot-long (55 meters) tunnel underneath North Temple street that will connect the Conference Center parking lot to the new underground temple entrance. The final work of removing the concrete wall that leads into the Conference Center parking structure will be done later.
Workers recently began placing scaffolding on the west and north sides of the temple. The photo below is of the north wall. Scaffolding already covers the south side and will eventually surround the entire structure.
Crews continue to remove rows of stones from the temple walls for repair and cleaning. Each stone is carefully labeled and will be returned to its original spot.
To keep Salt Lake City clean, the renovation site has a truck washing bay. Before vehicles exit the temple renovation site onto South Temple street, wheels, axles, mud flaps, and other parts of each vehicle are thoroughly sprayed.
The photo below shows the progress of the excavation on the north side of the temple. The tunnel (shown in the first two photos above) is on the far left. In the middle is the preparation for the tower crane. This crane will be in place after the crane concrete foundation is poured. Lagging surrounds the site to keep soil in place.
This photo looks west at the renovation of the Church Office Building plaza. The Church Administration Building (left), the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (middle) and Church Office Building (right) are also shown. Crews are using conveyor belts to move soil and debris to a truck loading location. Trucks enter the site from North Temple and exit onto South Temple.
Finally, below are several square-headed nails that crews have found in the temple. These show some of the workmanship and materials used to build the Salt Lake Temple, which was finished in 1893. The longest nails are six inches (15 centimeters) long and show few signs of corrosion.
April 2021 Construction Update
Newsroom published the following construction update regarding work performed thus far in April 2021.
16 April 2021
As part of the Salt Lake Temple renovation project, a tunnel is being constructed underneath North Temple to connect the Conference Center parking lot to the underground facilities and entrance to the temple. The tunnel excavation is about 80 percent complete. These photos show the steel arches that are encased in shotcrete (a form of grout) to create the initial lining of the tunnel walls. The steel arches are spaced 4 feet (1.2 meters) apart. The drilling machine is used to remove the upper portion of soil, which is then hauled away by an excavator. This also removes the lower portion of the excavation as shown in the third photo below.
The temple is now surrounded on three sides by a secant wall. The secant walls are installed as close to the bottom edge of the existing footings as possible to contain and brace them in place. The secant wall is built by drilling deep holes where alternating steel and concrete columns are installed. These overlap with each other to create the retaining wall.
The copper roof sheathing of the temple has been completely removed and replaced with a temporary roof. This is in preparation for the installation of additional steel trusses, an important part of the seismic strengthening of the temple.
The upper stones of the temple walls are being gradually removed to prepare for the structural concrete bonding beams that will brace the walls. The stones that are removed will be reinstalled in their original positions.
When workers need to access the higher levels of the towers, they use a variety of safety measures, such as mandatory harnesses, to prevent falls. Harnesses are tied to existing hooks anchored in stones.
As stones are removed from the temple for repair and cleaning, workers ensure they are properly cataloged and labeled so they can be returned to their exact original placement. In this photo, workers help the tower crane operator guide the stone to placement for transportation and storage.
On the Church Office Building plaza, multiple conveyor belts help carry materials and debris for hauling off-site. The two fountains are being removed, along with walkways and planter boxes.
March 2021 Construction Update
Newsroom published the following construction update regarding work performed in March 2021.
26 March 2021
This week on the Salt Lake Temple renovation project:
The excavation to create a tunnel underneath North Temple is underway. This tunnel will connect the Conference Center parking lot to the underground temple entrance to create safer and easier access for visitors to the temple. Previously, canopy tubes were installed at the upper perimeter of the tunnel to provide a support frame before drilling and excavation began. The excavation is now about halfway complete.
The worker and material lift continue to be assembled. Workers are now constructing scaffolding bridges that will connect the lift to the scaffolding, which will surround the entire temple. The lift will provide access to the various floors of the temple.
The work to remove the current temple roof and provide a temporary cover is about halfway through.
The Church Office Building Plaza has undergone a significant change. Most of the area surrounding the fountain has been excavated in preparation for significant restructuring and landscaping work.
A construction road made of recycled asphalt has been completed through the Church Office Building Plaza area from North Temple to South Temple to accommodate the movement of construction equipment and large trucks.
Aerial view of Salt Lake Temple Renovation, with focus on the area north of the temple. The square-shaped excavation on the right side of the picture is where the foundation for another tower crane will be placed.
Update on Salt Lake Temple Renovation
In a press release published on March 12, 2021, the First Presidency provided an update on the Salt Lake Temple Renovation which included some changes to the project. The press release included details such as:
- Two more instruction rooms, additional sealing ordinance rooms, and a second baptistry are being added to allow for greater capacity and more temple ordinances.
- Previously, the member experience in this temple included a progressive room-to-room presentation by live actors. When the temple reopens, this will transition to single-room presentations by film, available in more than 80 languages (previously presented only in English). This decision will also make it possible to hold more sessions each day. And finally, we hope it will help more members feel confident to serve as ordinance workers without the requirement for lengthy memorization.
- The area that previously housed the temple cafeteria will now accommodate additional temple facilities to support the increased capacity of the temple. There will not be a cafeteria included when the temple reopens.
Read the full press release and see new renderings.
February 2021 Construction Update
Newsroompublished the following construction update regarding work performed in February 2021.
19 February 2021
Many of the stones on the top of the temple walls are being carefully removed for cleaning, preservation and short-term storage. They are labeled so they can be returned to their original places.
Work continues on the drilling underneath North Temple to provide for an underground entrance to the temple from the Conference Center parking structure.
In this photo below, drilling on the temple side consists of installing canopy tubes to create a structure that will support further excavation.
In this photo below, the parking structure is being shored up on the Conference Center side.
As part of the seismic upgrade of the temple, the existing roof is also being upgraded. The roof will be gradually removed and have a temporary covering (similar to a heavy-duty tarp) until the new roof is completed.
In this photo below, the south tower crane is lifting the temporary roof cover.
The plaza work that was announced in January 2021 is now visibly underway. The area between the Church Administration Building and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is being used as a road to help move materials in and out of the plaza as the renovation continues.
5 February 2021
As part of the Salt Lake Temple renovation project, the grounds around the temple are also being renovated. In January, construction began on the Church Office Building plaza. Temporary fencing was first put in place, which has been followed by more permanent fencing.
Crews continue to work on preparing for the construction of the tunnel that will run underneath North Temple from the Conference Center parking structure to the future underground entrance to the temple. This involves drilling canopy tubes that form shoring support.
Near the southwest corner of the temple, shoring and excavation are complete for the installation of a worker/material lift. Due to the proximity to the foundation of the temple, the shoring ensures the lift excavation does not disturb the temple foundation. The lift will allow for easier access of workers and materials into the interior of the temple’s upper floors.
The stones along the upper walls of the temple are all being removed. As they are lifted off with a crane and placed in the ground, they are labeled. These will be placed in storage, cleaned, and repaired, and will ultimately return to their original places.
January 2021 Construction Update
Temple Square published the following construction update regarding work performed in January 2021.
22 January 2021
At the beginning of January 2021, the renovation of the Church Office Building plaza was announced and has begun.
Temporary fencing is in place to block off the areas that will be under construction for the next year and a half.
The south side of the temple is now covered in scaffolding. This will help workers in the stone repair and cleaning process as well as improve access for materials into the temple.
The deep excavation on the north side of the temple continues. The efforts right now will prepare for the placement of a second crane on the Temple Square construction site.
Find 2020 construction updates on the following page.
December 2020 Construction Updates
Temple Square published the following construction updates regarding work performed in December 2020.
22 December 2020
At the end of December in 2019, the Salt Lake Temple was closed to begin a major renewal project including seismic renovation. Over the past year, the following major work has been done or is in process:
- Dismantlement of the South Visitors’ Center
- Removal of the tower finials, the capstone, and the angel Moroni statue
- Dismantlement of the north chapel and annex buildings to the temple
- Dismantlement of the addition on the north side of the temple
- Shoring on all sides of the temple to secure the ground for deep excavation work
- Consolidation of the original stone foundation footings on the interior and exterior of the temple
Check out an aerial view photo taken in February 2020 compared to a photo taken just recently in December 2020 to see how things have changed.
Below: Salt Lake Temple February 2020
Below: Salt Lake Temple December 2020
9 December 2020
We are nearing the end of the first year of the Salt Lake Temple renovation project.
This week’s updates:
- On the west side of the temple, the previous foundation had a concrete overlay. That is being removed to prepare for the future foundation consolidation and strengthening work.
- The west side of the temple is nearly ready to begin shoring—a process that will be done around the entire temple.
- Additional scaffolding has been installed on the south side of the temple. Eventually the entire temple will be surrounded with scaffolding.
- The southeast corner of the temple has been excavated, and debris has been almost entirely removed. Much of it will be recycled.
November 2020 Construction Updates
Temple Square published the following construction updates regarding work performed in November 2020.
24 November 2020
Check out this week’s update of the work on Temple Square as part of the Salt Lake Temple renovation project.
Steel shoring beams have been placed in the Conference Center garage to prepare for work on the tunnel that will connect the Conference Center garage to the main entrance of the temple.
The southeast historic steps leading to the historic doors of the temple have been shored up.
The west side of the temple has a new roadway for truck access.
Scaffolding is being installed on the south elevation of the temple. Scaffolding will eventually surround all the exterior walls and towers of the temple to repair the stones and provide access to the different floors of the temple.
Excavation work continues on the north side of the site in preparation for the construction of new temple facilities.
6 November 2020
This week’s Salt Lake Temple construction update showcases some of the following work:
The tension rod coring continues to help strengthen the foundations of the temple—both inside and out. This process involves drilling in the existing footings of the foundation system at different angles and inserting a threaded rod in grout. The rod is then tensioned to create pressure against the stones, thus helping consolidate the footings.
The foundation that was added on in the 1960s to build the sealing wing addition and strengthen the west foundations is being dismantled in preparation for future drilling work.
On the north side of the temple, work continues on the shoring wall close to North Temple Street as well as on building the secant walls. These 83-foot long (25-meter) steel columns will be inserted into the ground as part of the building of the secant wall (a retaining wall). The secant wall on the north side of the temple will extend around the temple on the east side. Each column weighs 20,000 pounds or 9,000 kilograms. This will prepare for an excavation that will be 60 feet deep (18 meters).
October 2020 Construction Updates
Temple Square published the following construction updates regarding work performed in October 2020.
October 23, 2020
As we finish out the 10th month of the Salt Lake Temple construction project, work continues to strengthen the foundation system of the historic temple.
On the south side of the temple, a new tower crane has been installed and is functioning. It is 250 feet tall and will initially be used to assist in assembling the scaffolding for stone repair work and roof replacement.
On the north side of the temple, the deep excavation continues as well as shoring, lagging, and debris removal, sorted for recycling purposes. After excavation concludes on the north side of the temple, another tower crane will be installed.
Drilling is moving forward to create the secant wall on the north side of the temple. A secant wall is a type of retaining wall that is made of reinforced piles of concrete that interlock with steel columns. The purpose of the secant wall is to contain the existing foundations and soil under the foundations. The entire foundation system of the temple will be surrounded by a series of secant walls.
Dismantlement work continues on the west side of the temple where the excavation will lead right up to the edge of the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
October 9, 2020
This week on Temple Square, workers prepared and completed a large concrete pour that will stabilize a crane on the south side of the Salt Lake Temple. This crane will be able to reach higher than the highest tower of the temple.
On the north side, work continues forward to remove debris and prepare for a smaller crane to be placed.
Work also continues on strengthening the foundation.
September 2020 Construction Updates
Temple Square published the following construction updates regarding work performed in September 2020.
September 29, 2020
We are approaching the end of the ninth month of construction on the Salt Lake Temple renovation project.
The process this month continues with additional shoring around the temple as well as removing debris, which has been separated out for recycling.
North of the temple, workers continue to dig and remove soil for the shoring walls.
On the south side of the temple, the footing for a large crane is being prepared. This crane is a general tower crane that will be used for reaching each of the towers of the temple.
The shoring for the tower crane footing is also being strengthened with beams.
Take a look at the current aerial view showing the south, east, and north sides of the temple.
The last image shows a current view of the north and west sides of the temple.
September 15, 2020
The end of August and beginning of September show a continuation of work on the shoring, drilling, and debris cleanup on the Salt Lake Temple renovation project. Development of the secant wall on the south side of the temple also continues.
This week, due to a storm in the area, work on the renovation project was paused for a time for the safety of the workers. The storm caused damage to many of the trees and some of the fencing on Temple Square. Many of our female missionaries who serve those visiting Temple Square volunteered their time alongside the garden staff to help with the cleanup of debris.
A Look at the First 9 Months of Renovation
Newsroom released a video looking back on the first nine months of renovation. You can watch the video below or read the full press release here.
August 2020 Construction Updates
Temple Square published the following construction updates regarding work performed in August 2020.
September 1, 2020
Check out the progress from the last two weeks on the Salt Lake Temple renovation, with much of the work ongoing from previous updates.
On the north and east sides of the temple, the work will continue through the end of the year to strengthen and consolidate the foundation walls and footings.
East side of the temple
North side of the temple
Along North Temple Street, vertical shoring piles were previously installed. The lagging—which is made of large boards that fill the gap between the vertical columns—will continue being built up over the next few weeks in preparation for the extensive excavation work needed to accommodate lower floors of temple facilities.
The secant wall is just being formed along the south temple foundations. A secant wall is a type of retaining wall that is made of reinforced piles of concrete that interlock. The purpose of the secant wall is to contain the foundations and soil under the foundations. The entire foundation system of the temple will be surrounded by secant walls.
Take a look at the current south side of the temple with the large drilling rig used for the secant wall.
Demolition debris has been significantly reduced as crews worked to remove and recycle as much of the debris as possible on the north side of the temple.
View a time-lapse video of the Temple Square construction from June to August 2020. (For optimal viewing, click the fullscreen button on the far right of the video player).
August 14, 2020
We are now eight months into the Salt Lake Temple construction project.
As the project progresses, all foundation walls and footings of the Salt Lake Temple will be exposed and viewable. The east side is very prominent in this photo.
Exposing the foundations is part of the foundation strengthening effort, which is currently happening on the north side of the temple. The process involves drilling a 3-inch hole into the foundation footings at different angles, to depths of 8–14 feet on the north and south walls and 10–35 feet on the east and west walls (as the tower foundations are larger).
The hole is then filled with high-strength grout. This grout fills the drilled hole as well as pushes further into voids and joints in the existing foundation to consolidate the foundations. If you take a look at the north and south side foundations, note the inverted arches and the different types and sizes of stonework used.
On the north side of the temple, vertical shoring columns were previously installed. The lagging—which is made of large boards that fill the gap between the vertical columns—is being installed over the next few weeks to keep soil in place during excavation work.
On the north side of the temple where the sealing wing (used for marriages) and annex buildings were previously, workers are removing the large amount of debris—with recycling in mind. The materials are first sorted and then hauled away to recycle as many materials as possible.
In the interior of the temple, the foundation footings are also being exposed to the full depth of the foundation and will be strengthened by core drilling from the inside as well.
July 2020 Construction Updates
Temple Square published the following construction updates in July 2020.
July 29, 2020
Have you seen the work on Temple Square through the end of July?
- The original tower foundations on the west side of the Salt Lake Temple will soon be visible. The soil, debris, and structures on that west side elevation will be dismantled and removed so crews can begin the work of strengthening the tower foundations.
- On the north side of the temple, the sealing wing (used for marriages) and the north annex were previously removed. The debris from this dismantlement work will continue to be removed over the next few weeks. Now that the sealing wing is removed, the foundation on the north side of the temple is exposed for further seismic upgrade work.
- Inside the temple, the foundations are being uncovered as well. This is in preparation to further strengthen the foundation as part of the ongoing overall seismic upgrade.
- Have you thought about how many workers are helping this project move forward? On July 22 all project workers with Jacobsen Construction enjoyed a celebration to honor Pioneer Day and the legacy of the early pioneers and temple workers.
July 17, 2020
The past two weeks show considerable work on dismantling buildings on the north side of the Salt Lake Temple.
- The north annex chapel was previously dismantled. The office and other ancillary facilities such as the cafeteria are being dismantled. Workers continue to separate (or sort) and remove debris from the construction site for recycling purposes.
- The north side sealing wing (used for marriages) was recently separated from the historic temple walls. It was then dismantled, which now exposes the historic north side of the Salt Lake Temple. Debris from the sealing wing continues to be removed. The sealing wing will be rebuilt once the temple foundation is strengthened.
- Soldier piles (steel columns), which will be part of the retaining wall shoring, are now being installed on the west side of the temple construction site.
July 2, 2020
The past few weeks show significant changes on the Salt Lake Temple project site:
- Soldier piles (steel columns), which will be part of the retaining wall shoring, were recently installed on the north side of the construction site. The work of putting in soldier piles will now continue along the west boundary of the site and at other locations in the future.
- The north annex of the temple is being dismantled. This includes the temple chapel as well as the office and main entrance areas. This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.
- The sealing wing (used for marriages) that was attached to the north side of the temple is now separated from the historic temple walls in preparation for dismantlement. Crews are working to protect the existing walls of the historic temple. The sealing wing will be rebuilt once the temple foundation is strengthened.
- In March, several finial stones on the towers were affected by a seismic event. The work of removing these stones is now complete. The large mobile crane used to remove them as well as the statue of the angel Moroni is no longer on-site. It will eventually be replaced by two tower cranes located on the south and north sides of the temple.
Time-lapse Video Shows May and June Renovation Progress
A video on the Temple Square Facebook page shows a time-lapse of progress on the renovation project filmed from the Conference Center. The video, released July 13, 2020, shows significant work on shoring as well as the dismantlement of the north annex, according to the video description.
Deseret News Provides a Look at the First 6 Months of Renovation
Deseret News reported on some of the changes that have taken place during the first six months, which includes uncovering the foundation, demolishing and dismantling annexes, and removing ornate finials. Read the full article released on July 8, 2020, at Deseret News.
June 2020 Construction Updates
Temple Square published the following construction updates in June 2020.
June 18, 2020
Significant work is moving forward on the north side of the temple. These are the latest construction activities:
- On the north side of the temple, the process of removing the sealing wing annex has begun. The sealing wing roofing structure is currently being removed, and the interior of the sealing wing is being disconnected from the historic side of the temple. The sealing wing will be rebuilt.
- The underground facilities north of the temple, such as the locker rooms and cafeteria, are being dismantled to prepare for excavation work.
- To prepare for the deep excavation on the north side of the temple, shoring work continues along North Temple Street.
- The strengthening of the south temple foundation continues to move forward.
June 5, 2020
The Salt Lake Temple has now been closed for five months in preparation for its structural and seismic upgrade.
The following are the latest activities in the renovation project:
- The removal of the upper finials (the highest point of the towers) continues. Each removed finial is carefully inventoried before being crated and stored. All finials will be reinstalled in their original positions. The towers now have additional scaffolding to complete this work.
- On the west side of the temple, the sidewalks and planter walls are being removed. This work is to prepare for future excavation of the area.
- On the north side of the temple, preparation is underway for shoring. This will prepare the site for excavation that will expose the north historic foundation. It will also prepare for a deep excavation for the new main temple entrance and other facilities belowground.
- The original temple windows continue to be removed on all floors.
- HVAC units have been added throughout the temple specifically for this project to control the air temperature and humidity as well as to protect existing woodwork and finishes.
New Video Shows Angel Moroni Statue Removal and Temple Foundation Strengthening
Church Newsroom released a video on May 18, 2020, showing the removal of the angel Moroni statue and capstone and explaining how workers are strengthening the temple foundation. The video and accompanying press release are below.
In the latest stage of the renovation of the Salt Lake Temple, the angel Moroni statue and circular capstone beneath its feet were removed from the temple’s central east spire. These historic items were carried Monday morning through the air to the ground via crane for preservation and refurbishing. This will prepare both items for a later reinstallation.
“The Salt Lake Temple is the house of the Lord, and it is being shored up and strengthened to be able to stand for generations to come,” said Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations. “Each aspect of this project plays an important role in helping this sacred structure to remain a symbol of permanence, optimism, and faith for people around the world.”
The removal of the statue and capstone had long been planned as part of the temple’s years-long structural and seismic renovation. The timeline for this portion of the project was sped up following a 5.7 magnitude earthquake in March 2020 that shook the trumpet out of Moroni’s right hand and caused other minor damage.
While no crew members were injured during the quake, Paul Lawrence of Jacobsen Construction said the trembling earth was a reminder of the importance of a seismic upgrade.
“The earthquake loosened some of those pieces [on top of the temple],” said Lawrence, the renovation’s seismic project manager. “And in order to make the surrounding area safe, we’ve simply had to move those activities forward and take them off now instead of later. The recent event that we had simply reinforces the vision and direction that we’ve been given to strengthen the temple.”
The renovation of the historic building will include the installment of a base isolation system to help the building withstand a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Lawrence said this system connects the base with the temple roof through secure rods and cables in the towers to protect the building from further damage.
“We create a safe zone around the perimeter of the building where that building can move,” Lawrence said. “It allows the building to move with the earthquake up to four or five feet in any one direction.”
Before the base isolation system can be installed, workers are drilling to strengthen the stone foundation of this structure first completed in 1893. Crews are pumping grout into the foundation’s gaps—a process that increases its solidity and strength as well as the appreciation of Lawrence and his team for the fine work of those 19th-century pioneer builders.
“I feel a reverence for the craftsmen and individuals that have gone before us and built this wonderful structure,” said Lawrence, who plans to retire when this temple renovation is complete. “To be a part of what they did so many years ago and everything that they had to sacrifice—that hit me when we uncovered the original foundations and saw the markings and the evidence of the work they did.”
Angel Moroni Statue and Capstone Removed from Salt Lake Temple
Daniel Woodruff, spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the following statement to the media on May 18, 2020:
This morning, crews on Temple Square are working to remove the angel Moroni statue and capstone which stand atop the Salt Lake Temple. This has long been planned as part of the temple renovation, but the timeline to do so was accelerated following the earthquake in March. The statue and capstone will be preserved and refurbished before being reinstalled at a later date. Work also continues to remove stones from the upper spires of the temple for preservation during the project. Those stones will be reinstalled in the future.
The angel Moroni is being removed as part of the ongoing renovation of the Salt Lake Temple, May 18, 2020. © 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Workers prepare to remove the angel Moroni atop the Salt Lake Temple, May 18, 2020. © 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
The angel Moroni and capstone being removed by a large crane as part of the ongoing renovation of the Salt Lake Temple, May 18, 2020. © 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
The angel Moroni and capstone being removed by a large crane with artisan journeyman viewing in the background as part of the ongoing renovation of the Salt Lake Temple, May 18, 2020. © 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
The angel Moroni and capstone being removed by a large crane with artisan journeyman viewing in the background as part of the ongoing renovation of the Salt Lake Temple, May 18, 2020. © 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Construction workers gently remove the angel Moroni and capstone with a large crane as part of the ongoing renovation of the Salt Lake Temple, May 18, 2020. © 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
The angel Moroni and capstone being removed by a large crane as part of the ongoing renovation of the Salt Lake Temple, May 18, 2020. © 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
The angel Moroni and capstone touch down on the ground, a part of the ongoing renovation of the Salt Lake Temple, May 18, 2020. © 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Workers removed the Angel Moroni and capstone as part of the ongoing renovation of the Salt Lake Temple, May 18, 2020. © 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
May 2020 Construction Updates
Temple Square published the following construction updates in May 2020.
May 15, 2020
The following video shows progress of the renovation from the south of the temple over the past month. Time-lapse videos will continue to be released regularly throughout the duration of the project.
May 11, 2020
Main construction activities over the past two weeks include:
- Strengthening original foundations on the south side of the temple. This work is accomplished by drilling into the foundations at different angles to create a core through the stones, which is then filled with high-strength grout. The grout not only fills the drilled core but also fills voids and joints of the existing foundation.
- Continuing asbestos abatement (removal) work in the additional buildings north of the temple in preparation for the dismantlement of all exiting facilities at that location, including offices, the chapel, the main lobby, and other structures.
- Continuing removal of tower finials. Each removed finial is carefully inventoried before being crated and stored. All finials will be reinstalled in their original position.
- Installing scaffolding around the towers to allow for the removal of additional stone and decorative elements in preparation for additional seismic retrofit work.
April 2020 Construction Updates
Temple Square published the following construction updates in April 2020.
April 24, 2020
Workers continue to make progress on the removal of stone finials, clearing the north side of the site and exposing foundations on the south side of the temple. Efforts from the past week include:
- Continuing to clear the temple grounds of landscaping and sidewalks in preparation for dismantlement of temple annex facilities.
- Preparing for drilling the first several sections of existing foundation stones on the south side of the temple. This work will strengthen the existing foundation in preparation for base isolator installation in future phases of construction. The image below shows a portion of the exposed historic foundation.
- Retiring and removing the flags and flag pole located west of the temple.
April 15, 2020
- Work is underway to remove the upper tower finials. This work was planned for a later phase of the project but was brought forward following the seismic event of March 18. A large crane was installed on-site on April 2 to complete this work. Learn more about the process of removing the finials here.
- Abatement work to remove lead and asbestos from the existing temple annex on the north side continues.
- Backfill of the excavated South Visitors’ Center continues.
Time-Lapse Video of First Three Months of Salt Lake Temple Renovation Project
Progress on the Salt Lake Temple renovation project continues. Watch a time-lapse video captured during the first three months of construction released by Church Newsroom on April 16, 2020.
Stone Removal Set to Begin at Salt Lake Temple After Earthquake
Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff released the following statement to media April 2, 2020 regarding the next phase of work on the Salt Lake Temple renovation:
“Workers at the Salt Lake Temple project site are installing a crane on the temple's south side to begin removal of some of the stones on the temple spires that were displaced during the recent earthquake in Salt Lake City. Workers will then remove additional stones from the east and west sides of the temple for preservation during the project. They will also temporarily remove the angel Moroni statue. Scaffolding will be constructed around the temple spires for better access for workers. This work is expected to last several weeks.”
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Please see the accompanying renderings for an idea of what this phase of work will look like.
An artist’s rendering depicts a crane placed on the south side of the Salt Lake Temple on Thursday, April 2, 2020, to begin to remove stones displaced in last month’s earthquake as part of the temple renovation.
An artist’s rendering of a crane removing stones from the Salt Lake Temple that were displaced during an earthquake in March 2020.
An artist’s rendering of a crane removing stones from the Salt Lake Temple that were displaced during an earthquake in March 2020.
An artist’s rendering of a crane removing stones from the Salt Lake Temple.
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March 2020 Construction Updates
Temple Square published the following construction updates in March 2020.
March 27, 2020
Following a seismic event on March 18, the Salt Lake Temple and site were thoroughly inspected and work has resumed as normal. Over the past several weeks, construction crews have:
- Made progress on abatement work inside the temple.
- Removed the final set of historic temple doors for preservation.
- Continued installing HVAC units in the upper floor of the temple.
- Continued removal work of stone facing on the temple chapel on the north end of the grounds.
- Begun installing a project fence with viewing windows on the east side of the job site, near the reflection pool on the Main Street Plaza.
- Begun working to backfill and compact the ground where the South Visitors’ Center was removed.
- Begun demolition of a pedestrian tunnel at the south end of the temple, exposing the existing temple foundation.