Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Number Eleven, A New Stone, and The Watercourse

I needed some help at the site today.  In addition to my camera, who always comes with me, my umbrella tagged along.  Rain is always welcome in Provo.
An eagle-eyed reader told me a picture in my last post showed the watercourse along the north face.  I wasn't sure how I was going to see it this morning with all the stuff in the way.
The water course, if you remember, is a course of stone around a building along the ground.  It's an architectural style, but think of it as the stone which would hopefully protect a structure from a rising water table.  The water course around the mechanical building on the right is easily visible.  The projecting course of stone at the top of this level is called a water table course and would, in theory, protect lower stones from water running off the top of the building.  This course is also an architectural design.
My camera persevered and finally spotted the water course.  This section is near the northeast tower, on the left.  The stone is quartzitic sandstone and is at what will eventually be ground level.
Another section of the water course is near the brides' room skylight, which is on the right.
Each time I visit the site, I try to peek inside these arches under the north gable.
I was not the only one checking out the new trim on the northeast tower.
The entire north lot is undergoing a transformation.  This lovely tree has been preserved through all the construction.  The new planter is just past the tree.  The temple is off the right side of this photo.
I was curious about the white stuff showing up on the far right in the view from the construction cam.
Geofoam!  There was so much that I could barely see the new planters.
Unobscured was niche number 11!
I moved farther south and checked out the fountain.  No need for it to be splashing water today.  Behind the fountain is the Utah County Courthouse.  Its steps are undergoing construction, which is important to know only if you want to use them.
I couldn't see any work on a water course on the south side.  I did notice a committee meeting of some kind at the base of the southwest tower.
I'm hoping this will be niche number 12 the next time I visit.
My camera checked out the area above the east entrance where a large lintel stone will be placed.  It's not there yet.  Just to finish the tutorial on stone, the sandstone running across the center of the photo is called a belt course.
Workmen are putting a roof on the pavilion.
This morning the concrete pump poured more of the garage roof deck.
The work at this south end seems to be moving at a fast pace.  The east wall of the driveway from Second South has been poured.  It's on the left of this photo.
There's not much of a driveway yet, but it will come along.
I could say this is all that's left, but it's still a lot.
Another section of the most southern wall, along the left, was also poured this week.  From this point I hurried north along University Avenue to the courthouse.
I was pretty surprised.
I was also appreciative of someone in authority who allowed me to take these pictures from the courthouse steps.
No bribery was necessary.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Number Ten

The copper finials are stunning as the scaffolding comes down around them.  A workman involved in their raising estimated they weigh about 150 pounds each.
Perhaps you have already noticed that the ball on the finial matches the ball Moroni stands on.
I visited the site last year on August 14th and August 16th. I used some pictures from those posts so you could see the dramatic progress which has been made on our temple.
Not only is there a roof on the temple, but there is a roof over the underground garage.  Almost.
The piers which supported the building during excavation were being removed.  You remember how amazing that was, right?
I couldn't resist and had to go back to April 30th, 2013 for this photo.
By August, there was a foundation.
Foundations were so last year.
Last year there was one gable.
There are four gables now, but this west gable is still being cleaned from the fire.
Remember worrying about the tower caps?
One year later, we are all excited about trim going up.
How many trim pictures will you let me get away with?
Three?  Ok, three.
The east gable has all its bricks, dentils and corbels.
The Holiness to the Lord stone will be kept behind its protective covering until the gable is completely finished.
One year ago the underground annex still had a gravel basement.
Today, and from a 180 degree viewpoint, the lots are being prepared for landscaping.
Perhaps you noticed from the construction cam that the concrete pump poured forms this morning.
Waterproofing the deck roof goes on around the forms.
The arches above the new windows for the temple president's office are almost finished.
Work continues in the large sealing room on the west side.
And I spied niche #10 on the southwest tower.
I spent quite a bit of time on the south side of the temple this morning.
Men putting up the slate shingles worked in the shade of the southeast tower before the sun got too high.
Serious work is going on in the south sealing room.
Just below that arch, the brick is being readied for another Holiness to the Lord lintel.
The fountain has rebar.  Rebar is always a sign of progress, I have decided.
I learned that from watching all the roof decks being built.
For a second I thought the workmen were installing a big screen TV at the end of the south lot.
This is actually a form for the wall at the end of the lot.  The red ladder is giving the foreman pointers.
Can you see all those workmen in that narrow space behind the wall?
I counted four, plus another ladder.
Machines which ran all over the lots last year now work on the north side.
I was delighted to see signs that the building is getting some air-conditioning, although shooting cool air through the windows is probably not the long-term plan.
The third large sealing room, on the north, is also getting attention.
The quartzitic sandstone niches were beautiful in the morning light.  They are a definite improvement from the plaster which the pioneers put in these spaces.  They are one of my most favorite things about this temple.
I don't know anything about the statue which will be in the center of this planter.  I hope it reminds us of the heritage of this building.
Any guesses on the progress of the temple in the next twelve months?
I am pretty sure I won't have to look on neighboring properties for flowers.