Ogden Temple Reconstruction Reaches Milestone with New Spire
Contributed By From the Church New
- 16 May 2013
The ongoing reconstruction of the 41-year-old Ogden Utah Temple reached a milestone on May 7 when a 14-foot, 800-pound, gold leaf-covered fiberglass version of the iconic angel Moroni statue was lifted and fastened into place atop the temple’s new spire.
Dozens of people watched from various locations around the temple’s fenced-off construction site in the heart of downtown Ogden as construction crews used two towering cranes—one with a basket attachment for two workers and one for the statue—to lift the statue into place and secure it to the spire. The entire process took about 50 minutes.
The Ogden Utah Temple, dedicated in January 1972, has been closed for renovation since April 2011. The work is extensive, including a complete reconfiguration of the temple exterior—it will now face east and be covered in stone and feature art glass windows.
Rooms inside the temple will also be redecorated and refurbished, and the temple’s electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems will be updated. Parking facilities and landscaping will be redone, and there will also be changes to the nearby Ogden Tabernacle that will increase the temple’s prominence on the 18-acre site.
Completion of the reconstructed temple is expected in late 2014, at which time it will be rededicated.