ABC4 took cameras behind the fence blocking off construction, to see how things are looking as the new Temple is built. We learned turning a 125-year-old building into a new Temple is not easy. There are two major obstacles: respect the past and embrace the necessities of the future.
Project Manager Andy Kirby said, "It is a celebration of the Provo tabernacle."
The fire on December 17, 2010 ripped through the priceless pioneer craftsmanship, but the Church has teams working to save what they could.
Kirby said, "we studied some of that debris so we could document different parts of the Tabernacle to use in the design of the Temple."
The design of the new will hold the legacy of the old. Every piece of the new Temple will reflect the Tabernacle so beloved by this community. But to do that, Andy Kirby and his team first had to reinforce what was left.
Kirby explained, "We constructed a reinforced concrete membrane on the inside of the structure."
They had to figure out a way to fit all of the necessary rooms and facilities for a working Temple in the building.
For that, they are going down 90 feet to build a basement below the Tabernacle.
To go down, construction crews have to protect what is left of the Tabernacle. That is where the stilts come in.
Kirby said, "There are 146 of those shoring piles they are 9 inch diameter casing with concrete in the center and they are 90 feet deep."
Holding the Tabernacle in place so they can add to the building, creating a new icon for this community.
Right now the estimated time of completion is not until 2015.