Salt Lake Temple: Here’s What Happens As Renovation Enters Year Three

The start of 2022 marks the start of the third year of the Salt Lake Temple renovation project.

A recent monthly update includes a video describing the operation of cranes and images of work in the church office building yard, demolition of the North Visitor Center, and excavations around the temple.

The video and images were presented Thursday in a press release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Operation of tower cranes

Two tower cranes have been installed on the north and south sides of the Salt Lake Temple in Temple Square over the past two years. They are used for various purposes, such as removing stones from walls and towers and lifting materials for workers around the site.

An additional winch with greater lifting capacity was used to lift the new roof trusses. This video provides an insight into the experiences of crane operators.

Church Plaza office building

Outside the church’s office building in the square, workers are working to insulate the repaired concrete roof and install large Styrofoam blocks under the greenery. These blocks will help reduce the load on the existing concrete surface. When completed near the end of this year, the plaza will display the flags of different countries around the world and new landscapes.

A water blasting tool, or “concrete lawn mower,” removes damaged concrete to a depth of 2 to 2.5 inches from the yard of a church office building in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 2022.

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A water blasting machine, commonly known as a “concrete lawn mower,” removes damaged concrete to a depth of 2 to 2.5 inches in the upper surface of the yard. The blaster shoots a high-pressure, oscillating water stream through a small nozzle that removes damaged concrete (which appears in front of the machine).

This “broom” machine removes concrete. It uses a large rotating brush that cleans debris from the concrete surface so that it can be repaired with new concrete.

A large rotating brush attached to a “broom” machine cleans debris from the yard surface of a church office building so that it can be repaired with new concrete, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 2022.

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The surface will be filled with soil and tamped down to provide a stable, level surface for future pavement.

A crew member fills the roof of the church office building with soil and rams it.

A crew member fills the roof of a church office building with soil and tampers to ensure a flat surface for the sidewalk, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 2022.

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View from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building

The photo shows a view of the work in the church office building yard from the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The white blocks are Styrofoam that is placed to reduce the load of soil on the surface of the concrete.

White Styrofoam blocks are used to reduce the weight of the soil on the concrete surface of the church office building yard.

White Styrofoam blocks used to reduce soil weight on the concrete surface of the church office building plaza can be seen from the east side of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 2022.

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Excavations continue

As excavation work on the north side of the temple nears completion, excavation work on other sides of the temple will continue while workers prepare for further installation work. This image shows the facade of the eastern towers of the temple. Excavations are in the process of preparing for the concrete cushion. The stable surface will support the heavy equipment used in the hoisting and boring process.

Renovation teams are excavating in front of the eastern towers of the Salt Lake Temple in preparation for laying a concrete cushion.

Renovation teams excavate in front of the eastern towers of Salt Lake Temple in preparation for the concrete pad that will support equipment needed in the jack and hollow operation, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 2022.

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Demolition of the North Visitors Center

The demolition of the North Visitor Center, which began in November, is nearing completion. Some work remains, such as removing the basement walls and sorting out the rubble for recycling purposes.

This is what remains of the North Visitor Center after it was demolished during the Temple Square renovation project.

This is what remains of the North Visitor Center after it was demolished during a Temple Square renovation project, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 2022.

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The second large concrete pour was completed two weeks ago in the area shown in the following photo. He created the lower foundation of the new northern addition to the three-tiered temple.

In the following picture, workers are preparing the mass rebar needed for pouring concrete.

Workers prepare for a large concrete pour to create the foundation for the temple's new northern three-level addition.

Workers prepare for a large concrete pour to create the foundation for the new northern three-level addition to the temple, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 2022.

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These red sensors monitor the temperature before and after pouring to ensure proper curing and strengthening of the concrete.

The red sensors track the temperature before and after concrete is poured.

Red sensors track temperature before and after concrete is poured on a Temple Square renovation project to make sure it hardens and cures properly, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 2022.

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Here is a view of the area where the second large concrete pour was recently completed.

The area where a second large concrete pour was completed as part of the Temple Square renovation project.

The area where the second large-scale formwork was completed as part of the Temple Square renovation project, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 2022.

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Learn more about the Salt Lake Temple renovation by visiting templesquare.org or ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

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