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Temple Square Renovation Project Updates: October 2020

In April 2019, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans for the renovation of the Salt Lake Temple. In December 2019, the Salt Lake Temple was or closed for renovation. The following are regular updates about the progress of the Salt Lake Temple renovation, which is expected to take four years.

October 23, 2020

As we finish out the 10th month of the Salt Lake Temple construction project, work continues to strengthen the foundation system of the historic temple.

On the south side of the temple, a new tower crane has been installed and is functioning. It is 250 feet tall and will initially be used to assist in assembling the scaffolding for stone repair work and roof replacement.


On the north side of the temple, the deep excavation continues as well as shoring, lagging, and debris removal, sorted for recycling purposes. After excavation concludes on the north side of the temple, another tower crane will be installed.

         Drilling is moving forward to create the secant wall on the north side of the temple. A secant wall is a type of retaining wall that is made of reinforced piles of concrete that interlock with steel columns. The purpose of the secant wall is to contain the existing foundations and soil under the foundations. The entire foundation system of the temple will be surrounded by a series of secant walls.

Dismantlement work continues on the west side of the temple where the excavation will lead right up to the edge of the Salt Lake Tabernacle.


Watch the Salt Lake Temple construction project time lapse for September 2020. From the north side of the temple, you’ll see the continuing debris removal and other foundation work.

October 9, 2020

This week on Temple Square, workers prepared and completed a large concrete pour that will stabilize a crane on the south side of the Salt Lake Temple. This crane will be able to reach higher than the highest tower of the temple.




On the north side, work continues forward to remove debris and prepare for a smaller crane to be placed.

Work also continues on strengthening the foundation.


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