Thursday, February 20, 2014

South Side Snooping

I made a quick trip to the site today but came home with a lot of pictures.  I'm not sure how that happened.
The scaffolding around the steeple is rising.
According to the construction cam, the concrete pump worked all night long.
By the time I arrived, much of the work was covered up.  Fortunately, an area of interest is still visible, the cinder block wall at the base of the southwest tower.
There are stairs in front of that wall.  Going down, they lead to the lowest level of the basement.  Coming up, they lead to the doorway barely visible in the center of this picture.  Look carefully and you'll see another doorway farther left.
These two doorways lead to the mechanical shop.  On the far left of this picture is the rebar for a pillar.  Just to the right of it is a stick of rebar which marks where the south wall of the stairwell will be.
I took this picture Monday.  The two doorways were not yet hidden behind the wood form for the west staircase to the ground level.
There is definitely a space I can't explain between the cinder block wall and the base of the southwest tower.  It's the width of a column, so my guess is the roof for the underground garage will rest there.  Someone will politely correct me if I'm wrong.  Notice the area east of the cinder block wall, with the horizontal steel beams at ground level.
I spied a welder working there.  He's standing over an area we have watched for months.
The steel will support a slight addition to the original footprint of the tabernacle.  This area will be where children waiting to be sealed to their parents can be cared for.  The vertical opening covered with plastic will be part of a hall to these rooms.  These beams are over the stairwell which leads down to lower level 2.
Perhaps this photo from August 29th will be helpful.  The wooden stairs going over the concrete wall on the left of this picture enabled workmen to get down to an opening in the foundation out of our sight.
I hunted for a picture of this opening, and found it in a post on August 26th.  It is doubtful any of us will ever see this lowest level, which will house a small laundry.
I had to carefully study my pictures from today, plus my notes from my visit to see the city plans last summer, to make sure I had this correct.  The shorter green rebar is on the south side of the stairwell.

A concrete square is just south of the stairwell.  I hope someone tells us what it's for.
There will be two patron entrances to the temple.  The lower one, currently with wooden doors, is the entrance we will use from the underground parking garage.  Directly above it will be an entrance at ground level.
Workmen are also busy on the east side of the south entrance.  Forms are being built there for the staircase to ground level.
Just as there is a little extension on the west side of the entrance from the original footprint, there is also a bump-out on the east side.  That area can be seen on the right side of this photograph.  This area will be part of the baptistry.  I learned the font will be poured very soon, but no word on when the oxen will arrive.
I asked my engineer husband about these circles in the wall, which will be part of the underground foyer.
He says they are holes for electrical conduit.  Concrete will be poured around them.
It's good to see so much progress in this area.
Before the pump left the site, he poured a large square area in front of the black crane, who is slowly getting pushed off the lot.  You remember that the hole on the left is for the elevator in the pavilion.
Forms continue to spread over the west side.
The forms don't yet cover the west entrance to the underground garage.  The concrete there is new.  Notice the crane on the far right.
The same crane is on the left.  Most of the area we are looking at will include the underground entrance from First West, some parking, and the mechanical shop.  The form on the right is part of the west stairwell to the surface.  The mountains in the distance are west of Utah Lake.
When this area is completed, visitors will be able to stroll to the many downtown restaurants from the temple gardens.
This part of the west lot can't be poured until the rebar and cables are in place.  The trenches will actually be beams for the parking garage.  This same type of construction will continue in the south lot.
Some of the east-west cables have been secured in the trenches.
This thick concrete wall along the south side of the west lot will be part of the support for the garage roof.  Steel supports for roof forms are being placed.  You can see an opening in the green construction barrier.  I didn't create it, but I use it.
Beams are being placed over the generator rooms at the far northwest corner of the site.
The north side has been completely covered with plastic sheeting for almost two weeks.  I don't think the brick repointing has started yet.
Mr. Crane helped inspectors tour the east side.
Perhaps they were admiring the brick restoration.
My camera loves watching this.
It looks like most of the mortar had been removed.
The dust leaves the brick a light pink, but it's only temporary.
Look closely and you'll see the workmen.
The line of demarcation is pretty clear.
Gorgeous day, gorgeous temple.


Unknown said...

Great blog post! I particularly appreciate how you link to past posts to augment understanding of points you're making. How about enlisting the help of one of your pigeon friends to take a few bird's-eye view shots straight down; particularly in the south lot and especially with respect to the block wall area. I've seen eagle-cams, so why not pigeon-cams? Keep up the great work.

dSquared said...

Your pictures are great but I think I need a basket ride for a closer look.

Irene Tukuafu said...

totally awesome. thanks again. I sure want to be at this dedication. Do you have any idea what month and year the dedication might be?

Julie Markham said...

There has been no announcement about the dedication. I think it's a long way off still, but you'll get plenty of notice.

David said...

Way to go on such a detailed "South" description. I am very interested in the goings on there--seems to me that it must be done if anything on the south face of the temple is to be completed--so it is nice to see the detail. For those of us around the world, this is our only option of seeing it's FANTASTIC that you are documenting it.

Keep it coming!!

H. Graham said...

Thank you so much for posting these wonderful pictures and capturing a piece of history! My parents took pictures of the first Provo temple being built and they are a treasure! Things look so much different now. I know these pictures of yours will also be valued by future generations.