Renovation crews have found square-headed nails as they work on the Salt Lake Temple, according to a Thursday, May 6, update on the Church’s Newsroom.
“These show some of the workmanship and materials used to build the Salt Lake Temple, which was finished in 1893,” the update notes. The longest nails are 6 inches long and show few signs of corrosion.
The Salt Lake Temple renovation project was announced in April 2019 and began at the end of December 2019. It is expected to take four years. It includes replacing the temple’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, seismic upgrades, along with restoring and refreshing the temple interior and grounds.
Other updates on the renovation include the tunnel under North Temple reaching the Conference Center, more scaffolding going up and preparation for a tower crane. A truck washing bay has also been installed.
Here are some of the recent updates:
- Tunnel: Workers have drilled to the end of the 180-foot tunnel going under North Temple to connect the Conference Center’s parking to the temple’s new underground entrance. A concrete wall in the Conference Center parking structure will be removed later.
A drilling machine removed the soil on the upper part of the tunnel and an excavator hauls away both the soil from the upper and lower parts of the tunnel. Arch supports were installed at every 4 feet, according to a previous update.
- More excavation: In addition to the tunnel, crews are preparing to install a tower crane on the north side of the temple. A concrete foundation will be poured for it. Around the site, lagging is keeping the soil in place.
- Scaffolding: It covers the south side of the temple and workers have been putting it on the west and north sides. Scaffolding will eventually surround the temple.
- Stones: Rows of stones from the temple walls continue to be removed by crews for repair and cleaning. Each stone is being labeled to be returned to its original spot.
- Truck wash: Before exiting the renovation site onto South Temple, each vehicle is sprayed, including its wheels, axles and mud flaps.
- Church Office Building plaza renovation: As crews remove the fountains and other structures, they are using conveyor belts to move soil and debris to a truck loading location. Trucks enter the site from North Temple and, after the above mentioned wash, exit onto South Temple.
The plaza renovation — which includes a new waterproofing system, removing the circular fountain and creating green space and gardens — was announced in January and is expected to last about 18 months.