Construction has begun in earnest for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Pocatello temple, the sixth LDS temple in Idaho.
Workers have started excavating the foundation and rough grading the 12-acre site, the church said on its website.
Helming the $62 million project, which will culminate in a three-story, 67,696-square foot temple, is Salt Lake City-based Okland Construction, a company that has worked on other temple projects.
As generator contractor on the job, Okland Construction will use mostly subcontractors from Pocatello through Idaho Falls, many of whom were involved in renovating the Idaho Falls temple about a year and a half ago, according to a church spokesman.
Roughly 80 to 120 construction workers will be at the site on any given day throughout construction, which should take two to three years to complete, the spokesman said.
Recently, LDS church leaders hosted a groundbreaking that drew several thousand attendees, including interfaith representatives, to mark the start of the Pocatello Temple. The other faiths represented included the Praise Temple of God in Pocatello and the Islamic Society of Southeast Idaho, according to the release.
“It’s very much appreciated by us to see these representatives of other faiths here,” said Elder Wilford W. Anderson, of the church’s Quorum of Seventy, in a news release.
The temple will be located east of Satterfield Drive and Butte Street in Pocatello in a new subdivision known as Crestview Estates – Division 2 with views of the Snake River Plain. Earlier this month, church representatives unveiled renderings at a neighborhood open house.
Once completed, the temple will serve more than 64,000 Latter-day Saints from southeastern Idaho.
The church currently has 162 operating temples worldwide, with another 40 announced or under construction.
Idaho’s other LDS temples are in Boise, Idaho Falls, Meridian, Rexburg and Twin Falls.