Tabernacle on Temple Square

Adding New Steel

Adams & Smith proudly participated in the renovation and seismic retrofitting of the LDS Tabernacle in Salt Lake City Utah. This project reinforced the pioneer era structure, giving the building the strength to withstand earthquakes and to stand for another 130 years.

Completed in 1875 the Tabernacle on Temple Square provided a unique challenge of marrying a steel structure with the celebrated latticework of timbers that supports the domed roof. Originally built using the materials and methods available at the time, timbers were bent to the shape needed and joined together using wooden pegs and wrapped in rawhide for additional strength. By reinforcing the timberwork as well as the 44 piers with steel and concrete, the building has been significantly strengthened.