Photos: Work continues on Temple Square renovation project

The south and east sides of the Salt Lake Temple are covered in scaffolding and surrounded by construction equipment as the crews continue the renovation project that began in 2019. Behind the temple on the left is the tabernacle and in the background the conference center 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 on the massive renovation project of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City continues, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday.

The renovation project started in December 2019 and is expected to last until 2024. The project will strengthen the temple to make it more resilient to possible seismic events.

The crews install steel pipes into the temple’s original foundation in a process known as “Jack and Bore”. The pipes are filled with reinforced steel, tensioning strands and high-strength concrete and have a diameter of several meters. Church representatives said that five of 92 pipes have been installed in the project so far.

The excavations under the foundation of the Salt Lake Temple are called as part of the seismic reinforcement process.  continued Excavation under the foundations of the Salt Lake Temple will continue in October in Salt Lake City as part of the seismic reinforcement process called “Jack and Bore”. (Photo: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Photos released by the church show renovations in progress, which include updates to the temple masonry and three additional lower levels on the north side of the temple.

The three lower levels will include sealing rooms, two baptisteries, administrative offices and changing rooms as well as a tunnel entrance to the temple from the parking garage opposite the conference center.

The south and east sides of the Salt Lake Temple are covered in scaffolding and surrounded by construction equipment as the crews continue the renovation project that began in 2019.  Behind the temple on the left is the tabernacle and in the background the conference center on the right, in Salt Lake City in October.The south and east sides of the Salt Lake Temple are covered in scaffolding and surrounded by construction equipment as the crews continue the renovation project that began in 2019. Behind the temple on the left is the tabernacle and in the background the conference center on the right, in Salt Lake City in October. (Photo: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)In October, horizontal support beams will be installed in Salt Lake City to reinforce the vertical pillars of the temple's secant wall.In October, horizontal support beams will be installed in Salt Lake City to reinforce the vertical pillars of the temple’s secant wall. (Photo: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

The temple is currently surrounded by scaffolding as the crews work to remove and categorize masonry before putting it back in place at the end of the project.

Cumin seeds and stones that will need to be removed from the towers as part of the renovation will be carefully cataloged and labeled and waiting to be moved to safe storage in Salt Lake City in October.Cumin seeds and stones that will need to be removed from the towers as part of the renovation will be carefully cataloged and labeled and waiting to be moved to safe storage in Salt Lake City in October. (Photo: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

In addition, an elliptical structure is being built in Temple Square, which will be used to display flags.

View from the west of the church office building where new concrete was poured and waterproofed in Salt Lake City in October.View from the west of the church office building where new concrete was poured and waterproofed in Salt Lake City in October. (Photo: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)The construction of a new elliptical concrete structure, in October in Salt Lake City, on the southeast side of the square of the Church Office Building, on which state flags will be displayed.The construction of a new elliptical concrete structure, in October in Salt Lake City, on the southeast side of the square of the Church Office Building, on which state flags will be displayed. (Photo: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

You can find more photos of the construction process in the photo gallery below.

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