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Salt Lake Temple renovation reaches ‘hardest stage’ with work on foundation underway

Editor’s note: This story is a part of a series highlighting Latter-day Saints for General Conference week.


SALT LAKE CITY — Temple Square already looks vastly different than it did nine months ago when crews began the massive Salt Lake Temple renovation project.

Gone are the majority of temple add-ons constructed in the 1960s, such as the north side entrance, chapel and sealing room addition, and nearly all objects that were located in the space north and south of the temple. Other buildings, such as the South Visitors’ Center, were demolished in January.

There’s also a large pit surrounding the historic structure after crews created a retaining wall around it as they work to strengthen the temple’s foundation.

“The next stage is probably the hardest, where we work on strengthening the foundation by adding to the foundation,” said Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations for The Church of Jesus

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Common foundation crack misconceptions | Sponsored



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Cracks in your foundation, no matter how small, are a serious issue. If you see cracks in your home’s foundation, including drywall cracks and cracked bricks, make sure you address them immediately. Photo Courtesy: Complete Basement Systems/Groundworks


First things first, we’d like to overcome four misconceptions.

Myth #1: Foundation Cracks Are a Sign of Normal Settling and Do Not Require Fixing

Although there’s some truth in it, not all foundation cracks are a result of natural settling. People often mistake a sunken foundation for natural settling. Unlike natural settling, foundation sinking occurs when the foundation is laid improperly. You should repair any cracks caused by a sinking foundation immediately.

Quick repairs prevent further damage to the foundation and forestall problems that accompany it. Foundation cracks may also allow water to seep into your basement. If not repaired quickly, this water can cause an array of problems, including wood rot, mold

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Sam Pittman helped build UGA football’s foundation under Kirby Smart. Now he leads a major renovation job at Arkansas – Subscriber – Athens Banner-Herald

The fans who gathered at the Catfish Hole in Fayetteville gave a warm, socially distanced ovation and a masked Hog Call at the first “Sam Pittman Live” weekly radio show a couple of weeks ago.

The new Arkansas football coach and Chuck Barrett, the voice of the Razorbacks, did the hour with a Plexiglass divider on the stage.

“You know this right here, I used to see that like if it’s a bad band playing or something,” Pittman said. “And it shields you from all the stuff being thrown at you. I thought that’s what this is for. It’s for COVID?”

Pittman didn’t need to worry about any such reaction at Georgia where he assembled a talented cast of offensive linemen during his four seasons on Kirby Smart’s staff and was beloved by fans and players.

“He was a relationship-driven coach,” Smart said Monday. “His players just love him and

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University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher Family Foundation Pledges $1 Million To Renovation

September 15, 2020

UNI NEWS SERVICES – The University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center has received a $1 million gift from the family foundation whose name adorns the building. The Gallagher Family Foundation has pledged $1 million toward the estimated $14.5 million renovation of the 20-year-old facility.

“When the late Ed and Cathy Gallagher gave their original gift toward a performing arts center at UNI, they envisioned a facility that would serve as a beacon for arts and music—a cultural center that would enrich the quality of life across the Cedar Valley and the state of Iowa,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook.

At the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center’s opening in 2000, it boasted nearly 100,000 square feet of space designed to host 140 events annually, serving 12,000-14,000 guests in a superb acoustical environment. Today, the Gallagher Bluedorn hosts more than 600 events annually, serving more

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