Friday, September 28, 2012

Interior Views of the Temple Construction

I tip-toed into the Nu Skin building to beg a trip to their upstairs balcony.
No need to be nervous.  Amanda, Shaun and Richard couldn't have been more gracious.
The exterior walls, which had been given a rebar skeleton,
are now being fleshed out with sprayed-on concrete.

A comparison can be made to the construction of a swimming pool.
The preservation of this building is amazing to see.
Construction vehicles on the north side.
The cement truck on the south side.  Notice the hose along the ground.
The concrete is applied under high pressure.
This is the north entrance, with a view through to the inside south wall.
This is the south entrance window.  The Nu Skin glass building is visible through the arch.
The flag is actually on the Nu Skin building.
This is a window on the east wall.  Many of the windows are tarped with plastic while the cement work is in progress.
There is a lot to see at the site.  To be honest, I often don't know what I've seen until I get home and look at the pictures.  Today I noticed how secure the exterior skeleton is.
I am making a deliberate attempt to keep an eye on a few things, like the west wall.
I don't see any changes from the inside of the west wall from my last visit.
I am also very curious about the work on the towers.
This is the northeast tower, from the south.

This is the same tower, from the Nu Skin building.

This is the north west tower, from the Nu Skin building.

Obviously, there is a safe, internal support structure for the workmen.

This is another view through north windows.  The rebar skeleton on the interior south wall can be seen.
Cement flesh covering the rebar skeleton on the interior south wall can been seen through this north window.
I found myself studying the cement on the south wall before I realized I was missing the beautiful detail of this north window.
This is a majestic view of the north side.

 Work has begun on the underground parking garage.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Payson Temple Construction

In our recent Regional Conference, Elder William R. Walker mentioned that the Payson Temple is under construction.  This temple site is just 15 miles from the Provo City Center Temple.
A fellow onlooker told me that he'd heard the foundation walls were 80 feet deep. 
This is a stunning location for a temple.  A chapel is adjacent to the site and can been seen in the lower left.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Delicate Work

At the Regional Conference on September 16th, Elder William R. Walker said that the "delicate work" on the Provo City Center Temple was ongoing.
It appears that this delicate work includes building an inner structure to support the exterior walls.
Through this window on the east is a view of the back side of the north wall, covered with rebar.
A helpful closeup shows new internal wooden supports.
A different type of metal supports are inside the towers.
For weeks workmen have been gutting the inside to make room for this internal structure.
I am not sure what I'm seeing, but I can photograph it.
This is an edge of the northern face.
A close-up shows the wall to be quite thick.  The question is:  how sturdy?
This is a close-up of what appears to be a roof support on the west side.
This photo is from the south.
From the northwest, a view of that tower or support.
An enormous pile of rocks occupied this spot last month.
The rocks have been moved to make room for construction vehicles.
This is a window frame over the south entrance.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Gutting the Inside

Each time I visit the construction site I see things I haven't observed before.
This appears to be a support structure for the roof.  It shows up in earlier pictures.
I just haven't noticed it.
This is a close-up.  I can't decide if it is cinder block or brick.
A close-up from the southeast.
This is a close-up of wood braces on the east wall.
My father was a civil engineer.
Why didn't I inherit some of his structural understanding so I'd know what I'm seeing?
As the crews continue to gut the structure, I am better able to see inside.
This is the north east tower, looking from the north (the street).
The same bricks from the roof support appear to have been used throughout the tabernacle.
This is a view of the north wall.  I hadn't noticed how thick the exterior walls were before today.
I've heard of bloggers feeling a need for a camera with a better zoom.  I'm there.
This worker would have a good view of the city, but he seems to be intent on what he's doing.
This is the southeast tower, looking from the south.
The sky was overcast this morning at 8, but this is a pretty good peek inside.
I could watch the crane for hours.