Temple Square renovation update: North Visitors’ Center removed
The demolition of the North Visitors’ Center is among key efforts being made in November in the renovation of Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
The removal is part of the ongoing Temple Square project, which started with the closing of the Salt Lake Temple in December 2019 and work on the temple and surrounding grounds. Renovation expanded to the Church Office Building plaza when it closed for upgrades in February 2021.
With the removal of the visitors’ center, plans call for the area to be transformed into a contemplative garden space with unobstructed views of the temple. It will also include additional restroom facilities to support events that will be held in the nearby Salt Lake Tabernacle and the Assembly Hall.
Temple Square renovations in November also included the continuing of the excavation in the area north of the Salt Lake Temple, the “jack and bore” processes of reinforcing the temple’s foundation and waterproofing on the Church Office Building plaza.
The excavation of the area north of the temple is to accommodate the three floors of the temple addition, which will include two baptistries, added sealing rooms, dressing rooms and administrative offices.
In the excavated area, crews are laying concrete to create a working slab, which creates a clean and level working service for the foundation of the new floors.
Also, workers are continuing the deepen the retaining walls.
The ongoing “jack and bore” process involves large pipes — some as long as 40 feet — under the temple’s existing footings. Pipes that are reinforced with steel and filled with structural concrete act as support beams beneath the temple’s existing foundation.
Work on the temple roof includes preparations for the work of vertically drilling inside the temple’s tower and wall columns. Post-tension cables will be inserted and anchored into the new foundation 80 feet or more below.
Two large platforms have been built to create working areas for the drilling.
Waterproofing continues on the Church Office Building plaza as is the work to create flag stands for an area of the plaza to represent the nations of the world.