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Monday, June 30, 2014

Holding Up The Work

It's getting harder and harder to see the new temple.
Lots of stuff seems to always be in the way.
Scaffolding is the major culprit.
But it serves a purpose.
The scaffolding doesn't hold up the building; it holds up the workmen.
Moroni is now surrounded with scaffolding on all the tower roofs.
The men were finishing the scaffolding on the last tower this morning, the southeast tower.
Just below this tower, the crosswalk signal at First South has been captured within the construction fence, not that anyone pays any attention to it.  I hope no one gets a ticket.
Newly repaired brick shines on the northeast tower.
A few feet away our new niche sits quite smugly in the morning sun.
The brick is beautiful but hard to capture amid the scaffolding.  These vertical edges are on the east corner of the north gable wall.
The southeast tower, the last to be scaffolded, is now getting its brick refurbished.  We have watched the system on the other towers.  The old mortar is removed, leaving pink dust everywhere.
All the quartzitic sandstone blocks in the window arches have been examined for potential repair.
A few bricks on the south face have been replaced.
This niche on the southwest tower has been prepared for its quartzitic sandstone veneer.
This beautifully repaired arch is on the northwest tower.
The construction cam is always fun to watch.  The planters on the west side now have concrete bases for forms.  Soon they will have mounds of styrofoam piled around like the north planter does.
Many of you have reassured me that styrofoam is a legitimate building material.  I'm thinking I have some grandchildren who would like to help with this stage.
I hope you can identify the location of this quartzitic limestone and new brick.  This corner is at the northeast edge of the mechanical building.  Can you see the northwest tower base in the background on the left?
I walked west along the back of this building and saw more brick ready to be placed.
From University Avenue my camera looked past the styrofoam to capture a shot of Mr. Dashing Track Hoe.  In the background we can see scaffolds holding more brick.
I checked on the fountain in the south lot.  It's trying to stay out of the way of the ferocious stairs.  The wells for these stairs are a mystery to me.  They are a constant hive of activity for workmen and the forms keep growing with no end in sight.  It's like watching the Twilight Zone.
I'm going  to thoroughly check these out when I get a chance.
Concrete was poured last week for the area around the pavilion.
Pillars continue to rise from the dust in the south lot, enabling the garage roof to move to Second South.  The visible concrete wall below the pavilion marks the north edge of patron parking.  Between the wall and the lower level of the pavilion is a two-way drive.
I love seeing the temple at ground level.
One year ago the south lot was still being excavated.
Now the crews are working hard to cover the south lot.
From the cam we can see workmen on the steeple base.
My camera tried to see what they were doing, to no avail.
The plastic sheeting was dropped off the scaffolding last week.  That's a good sign, right?
The scaffolding grows, but work on the ground continues.
Work continues below ground, too.
Have you given any thought to running a 5K on Pioneer Day from the Provo Temple to the new temple?
Details are here.
Provo is very beautiful in the mornings.
Not that I'm biased.

4 comments:

Brian said...

As much as I loath and despise stucco, I was nervous when you said there would be stone instead of stucco in the niches. I liked the tabernacle and was afraid that they were changing the look to much. But good heavens that stone is beautiful! Imagine when the whole watercourse is finished in it!

Julie said...

The person who explained this veneer to me used his hands -- that was quite an advantage in eliminating any concerns. Yes, I can't wait for the water course, but I have no idea how far that is down the road.

Alexander Marvin said...

I was wondering if you could post side by side photos of the brick after it was damaged and after it was repaired?

Julie said...

I am slowly being invaded with grandchildren and they'll be here for a few weeks, limiting my computer time. But that's a good idea. I'll go through old posts and look for pictures of the brick and compare with the new brick.