Posted in projects on April 2, 2015 12:53 pm EDT

Provo City Center Temple Rises Again with Geofoam Material

A temple is built from the fire-ravaged shell of a Utah tabernacle with the help of lightweight, structural EPS Geofoam.


 

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By Terry Meier

Provo City Center Temple will rest on the former site of Provo Tabernacle. Construction is slated for completion in late 2015, early 2016. Image courtesy of ACH Foam Technologies.

After 125 years of service to the community the Provo Tabernacle was tragically lost to fire. Church leaders contemplated the future of the building’s empty shell and a decision was reached: “A temple would be built out of the ashes of the tabernacle.”

Unique cutting edge construction technology is taking the burned-out shell of the historic tabernacle and giving it new life. To accomplish this, the brickwork was fortified with 10 inches of concrete and the stone foundation was removed and replaced with a concrete foundation. This required the brickwork to be suspended 40 feet in the air supported by 146 steel piles. In a sense, the contractor, Jacobsen Construction of West Valley City, Utah, is building in reverse, starting with the outer shell and building from there.

Parking

The temple will have a 245-car underground parking garage. The underground parking will allow landscapers to turn the grounds surrounding the temple into a place of beauty. Landscaping around the temple will be extensive, bringing lush flower gardens, trees, fountains and a pavilion to downtown Provo.

The area above the temple's parking structure is covered with a 3- to 6-foot layer of EPS Geofoam, used to make needed elevation changes on the plaza deck above the underground structure. Image courtesy of ACH Foam Technologies.

... Geofoam is used to make needed elevation changes on the plaza deck above the underground structure; approximately 490,000 cubic feet of Geofoam was used.

The area above the parking structure is covered with a 3- to 6-foot layer of EPS Geofoam. The Geofoam is used to make needed elevation changes on the plaza deck above the underground structure; approximately 490,000 cubic feet of Geofoam was used for that purpose. The Geofoam is covered with either soil or a concrete topping slab depending on where it is used.  continued >>

 

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