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Photos: Work continues on Temple Square renovation project

The south and east sides of the Salt Lake Temple are covered by scaffolding and surrounded by construction equipment as crews continue the renovation project started in 2019. The Tabernacle can be seen behind the temple on the left and the Conference Center can be seen in the background on the right, in Salt Lake City in October.

The south and east sides of the Salt Lake Temple are covered by scaffolding and surrounded by construction equipment as crews continue the renovation project started in 2019. The Tabernacle can be seen behind the temple on the left and the Conference Center can be seen in the background on the right, in Salt Lake City in October. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Work is continuing on the massive renovation project at Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday.

The renovation project started in December 2019 and is expected to continue through 2024. The project will reinforce the temple to make it more resilient in any potential seismic events.

Crews are installing steel pipes in the original foundation of the temple in a process known as "jack and bore." The pipes are filled with reinforced steel, post-tensioning strands and high-strength concrete and are several feet in diameter. So far, five of 92 pipes have been installed in the project, church officials said.

Excavation under the foundation of the Salt Lake Temple continues as part of the seismic strengthening process called "jack and bore," in Salt Lake City in October.
Excavation under the foundation of the Salt Lake Temple continues as part of the seismic strengthening process called "jack and bore," in Salt Lake City in October. (Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Photos released by the church show the continuing renovation work, which includes updates to the temple stonework and three additional lower levels on the north side of the temple.

The three lower levels will include sealing rooms, two baptistries, administrative offices and changing rooms, as well as a tunnel entrance to the temple from the parking garage at the Conference Center across the street.

The south and east sides of the Salt Lake Temple are covered by scaffolding and surrounded by construction equipment as crews continue the renovation project started in 2019. The Tabernacle can be seen behind the temple on the left and the Conference Center can be seen in the background on the right, in Salt Lake City in October.
The south and east sides of the Salt Lake Temple are covered by scaffolding and surrounded by construction equipment as crews continue the renovation project started in 2019. The Tabernacle can be seen behind the temple on the left and the Conference Center can be seen in the background on the right, in Salt Lake City in October. (Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Horizontal bracing beams are installed to reinforce the vertical columns of the secant wall of the temple, in Salt Lake City in October.
Horizontal bracing beams are installed to reinforce the vertical columns of the secant wall of the temple, in Salt Lake City in October. (Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

The Temple is currently surrounded by scaffolding as crews are working to remove stonework and categorize it before putting it back in place at the end of the project.

Finials and stones that must be removed from the towers as part of the renovation process are carefully cataloged and labeled and wait to be moved to safe storage, in Salt Lake City in October.
Finials and stones that must be removed from the towers as part of the renovation process are carefully cataloged and labeled and wait to be moved to safe storage, in Salt Lake City in October. (Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Additionally, an elliptical structure is being built in the Temple Square plaza that will be used to display flags.

View from the west side of the Church Office Building plaza where new concrete has been poured and waterproofed, in Salt Lake City in October.
View from the west side of the Church Office Building plaza where new concrete has been poured and waterproofed, in Salt Lake City in October. (Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
The makings of a new concrete elliptical structure, in Salt Lake City in October, on the southeast side of the Church Office Building plaza where country flags will be displayed.
The makings of a new concrete elliptical structure, in Salt Lake City in October, on the southeast side of the Church Office Building plaza where country flags will be displayed. (Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

See more photos of the construction process in the photo gallery below.

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