Who or what is going to send an earthquake to destroy the Mormon temple; will it
be god, or will it be nature. And if nature can't god control nature.
@Hank - the cost is high but lower than rebuilding the temple or having to do
major repairs if a large earthquake hits Salt Lake City. Modern temples are
built according to modern building codes. A renovation like this is the best way
to bring the temple up to modern building standards without starting from
Just a few days ago, I went to a presentation given by the architect of the
State Capitol restoration. It was fascinating. The state capitol also took
about 4 years. BTW, you can't 'lift' up the temple. You go
underneath and stabilize it. Then build on top of the 'platform'.
It's an amazing feat. Let's hope the architects are very familiar
with restoration work. It will help that Jacobsen Construction is involved.
They were with the State Capitol. That experience should help them immensely.
As a building material, granite is awfully heavy......but amazingly durable.
However, when it comes to resisting the forces of an earthquake it suffers from
some serious drawbacks, not least of which is its complete INflexibility and
shock vulnerability.Making these force-isolating changes will be
just the thing to prevent the beautiful temple from becoming nothing more than a
huge but pitiful pile of blocks, with possibly hundreds of injured/killed people
in and around it, if/when the "Big One" hits, and it makes eminent
sense. I'm sure it would have been done when it was built had the
technology been available.I hope it's completed before the
"Big One" hits.
@HankWhy is the cost relevant?
I suppose inquiring minds would like to know what it will cost. I'm
satisfied that it will cost plenty, but it needs to be done, and the price tag
is really none of my business. When I pay my tithing, the money is now in the
hands of the Council on the Disposition of Tithes, as enumerated in Doctrine and
Covenants 120: the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the
Presiding Bishopric, and the "[Lord's] own voice unto them."
I toured the Salt Lake City-County Building many times (with students) after the
extensive restoration work done there. A part of the tour was going under the
building to see the base isolators. That part of the tour is not glamorous! It
is a bit stuffy and dismal, but the explanation of how the black boxes cushion
earthquake activity is interesting and made sense to me (of limited technical
savvy). Actually that structure did survive a nasty earthquake decades previous
(1937?), but it did notable damage, and would have been deadly for anyone under
falling clock parts or chandeliers. The earthquake happened when the building
was empty of people, very fortunately. Luckily no one was hiding in the shadow
of the gargoyle that crashed from the exterior as well. This wonderful historic
structure was a first for earthquake preparation in a historic building of its
significance. I am assuming that gaining access to the rocky underneath of the
temple will be a much larger undertaking!
I think it should open up for tours. Close it for their rituals. Don't do
anything to it. It's historical.
What will be the estimated cost of these renovations ?
What was done at the recently upgraded Jordan River Temple?
So what are these base isolators made of? How big is each one? How much does
each one weigh?