Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eclipse, Bricks and Perspective

My engineer-husband and I got up very early this morning to see the lunar eclipse.  Since he used my camera, I thought you might like to see the pictures.
He didn't have a construction fence where the camera could rest, so he used a tripod.  The moon turned red as the eclipse progressed.  One of the largest stars in our sky, Spica, is on the right, but perspective makes it look tiny.
Mars was also quite visible, in the top corner.  I know you are used to the concrete pump showing up in my night pictures, not planets.
Fortunately, the concrete pump watched the eclipse and then headed over to the site.
He poured a few forms on the west side of the south lot.  Are you familiar enough with the different perspectives on the site that you recognize Center Street along the top of this photo?  Scaffolding for the south face of the tabernacle is in the way, but Center Street is there.
From this view at the south end of the lot, we can see the anterior room of the pavilion taking shape.
Concrete for the east wall of the underground garage is being poured as forms are built.
The anterior room is long, but on the right you can see where the forms turn back to the center of the lot where a little neck joins the anterior room to the lower level of the pavilion.
From the perspective on the east, it's a little easier to see the beginnings of that neck.
Green rebar is being placed in preparation for the pouring of the mirror image of the pavilion footings.
The entrance into the anterior room, in the center of this photo, actually lines up with the underground entrance to the temple, just not from the perspective of where I was standing along the south fence.  Patrons will enter the temple from this south side, either at the entrance at ground level which can be seen, or the underground entrance from the parking garage.
Generally patrons will walk through the temple from south to north, passing far under Moroni.  Cinder block for the mechanical building is on the right.  I'm told that with landscaping, we'll completely ignore it.
An annex is out of sight under this large area on the north lot.  The annex has changing rooms and are not necessary to be in the temple proper, although it will be dedicated like everything else.
While we can't see the work going on inside, we can see the form work outside.
Rebar in these trenches will be beams for the underground garage.  You remember that the orange tension cables will be stretched in all the cardinal directions to reinforce the garage roof.
Rebar is now being placed along the top of the forms to support the concrete.  Mr. Pigeon is inspecting the work.
The east wall in the south lot seems to be the same distance from the east barrier wall as it was in the north lot.  Soon we'll see it covered with the waterproofing barrier.
This view from the perspective of the construction cam shows special preparations for the stairwells coming up from the garage below.
From the cam, it appears that a layer of copper sheathing is going over the hot water tubing.  This part of the steeple was covered when the copper sheath was placed there, so we didn't see it happen.
My camera zoomed in to get a good look.  When I got home, I saw numbers.
Someone wants to make sure the workmen get all the pieces exactly in the right place...
Because the supervisors can't keep an eye on everything.
You are pleased, I know, that we've been able to watch the brick repair on the west side.
I will confess that getting good pictures is not as easy as it was on the north side.
It's a long way across the west lot, and the forms for the emergency stairwell get in the way.
But it's worth the effort.

The brick repair will be visible to all when the temple is completed.
This niche is showing evidence of the stabilizing effort from the interior protruding through to the outside.  It will all be repaired and made beautiful.
Before the mechanical shop grew on the west lot, I could get good pictures of the temple from the area just south of the Nu Skin building, but that view is now completely blocked.
The concrete over this west garage has cured enough that vehicles can drive on top.
At least one part of the new temple is complete.
And some of the surrounding areas don't need any work at all.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bricks, Forms and Sunshine

With the construction cam down, you are probably happy to see that Moroni is still doing fine.
The concrete pump spent another night at the site and poured a new area in the south lot.  Please notice the big arm of a machine on the far right of this photo.  He's breaking up the concrete base of the white crane.
I haven't taken pictures of this machine for a long time.
He was drawing his own little crowd along University Avenue, comprised of people who like to feel their teeth rattle.
The white sheeting gives the impression that the temple is receiving extra-special care, which of course is the case.
My camera peeked in the new opening and saw progress on the cove of the north gable.
The cove is built on the north side of the west gable, too.
Men were also working on the south side of the west gable.
I was happy to see brickwork beginning on the west side, now that the scaffolding is up.
Designs with the original bricks are intricate.
The towers make this building exquisite.
The roof on the northwest tower is being prepared for shingles.  Copper tubing will carry hot water to melt accumulating snow.
Watching work on the bricks is one of my favorite things.
I will confess that I love to come across evidence of spring, too.
The south entrance area is a long way from a concrete pour.
There is plenty of cable and lots of rebar.
I wondered about these two pipes.  They appear to just be resting there for now, not affixed.
Once I got home, I saw more of the white pipes.  They are probably for the fountain.  I've speculated before and been wrong, so I'm being careful.
I haven't seen men on the roof for months.  Maybe now that the crane operator is no longer around to intimidate everyone, this worker can be the big man on campus.
Or maybe this guy.
The pavilion at the temple site will be one place on the grounds where wedding couples and their families can take pictures.
It's easy to see that part of the footing for the pavilion was poured this morning.
Mr. Zambini Man and his friend with skates smoothed things out.
The wooden forms surround the underground anterior room of the pavilion.  You can tell that the pavilion itself, which will be above the footings on the right, will be some distance from the temple.  This is because, believe it or not, brides and their families can be just a little noisy.  Moving them away from the entrance to the temple will help with reverence.
This rebar will be for forms which will mark the part of the lot where center parking in the underground garage will start.  The underground lot will have 245 parking spaces, with 50 more above ground.
In taking this picture of the anterior room, I also captured a view of the mechanical building rising on the west lot.
This building is a lot bigger than I expected it to be.
However, it's out of the way on the north side of the west lot.
Besides, there are many beautiful things to capture our attention on the ground...
Or in the air!
And if you really have spring fever, register for the Temple to Temple Run!