Thursday, December 6, 2018

Winter Mornings

The Temple is now in full-swing and we are back to normal.  The large fall shutdown was a big success and we are looking forward to fixing more areas in 2019 and keeping things moving in the right direction.  Hope this Christmas season brings you joy and happiness.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Temple Opens in One Week!

The Maintenance Shutdown has been successful in getting several important updates done, however we are getting down to the wire trying to get everything back to normal after having the flexibility of the temple being closed.  We are excited to have the temple open again, and have things back running again.  Here are some pics of the after picture of what the Southwest area near the front of the temple looks like now, and the crew we have had this fall season.

We are really excited how this project turned out, hopefully the wedding parties that get family pictures will like how it brings out the temple in the background.

L to R: Jordan Carlson, Elder Jensen, Elder Thomas, Mark Holt, Richard Nelson, Dan Finch

Dan Finch with Dave Meek, Grounds Supervisor who retired in 2012, Dan is retiring this fall after nearly 20 years of service at the Seattle Temple, and 30 years of working for the Church.

My Favorite Tree every Autumn,  Japanese Maple 'Osakazuki'

Friday, October 26, 2018

Season of Colors

The temple is shut down still until Thanksgiving, but we are having a fantastic fall time with the changing of the leaves.  We were able to install our new plant bed by the security guardshack and also plant the fall flowers.  Next come the bulbs as we turn the corner into November.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

One Month Down, Two More to Go

We have been really busy the first month of shutdown and have been fortunate to have great weather cooperating with our projects as well.  We still have a long way to go until the completion of our projects but I wanted to give an update with pictures where we are at so far.  We completed two ramps, the new concrete curb at the front Southwest area, and hydro-seeded the area as well.  And we just started the drainage project on the east lawn last week, so I hope we get another couple of weeks of good weather.

Before Picture in July of the Southwest area
After Picture with new ramp, curb, and hydro-seeded

New Ramp for utility access and handicap use, also lots of wedding parties get pictures here at this location so it makes it more inviting.

This new ramp has a wider access point, unlike the older one that leaned towards the parking space to the left and prevented full use of the ramp.  
New Numbers for the front sign

New Gold Leaf for the letters at this sign, now we just need new LED lights installed at the base for night showing

Adding Drainage to the East Lawn

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Large Maintenance Closure at the Temple

The Seattle Temple will be closed for three months until after Thanksgiving, due to a large shutdown needed for building renovations.  During a long maintenance closure the temple works on things that take longer than a usual 2-4 week closure that is held bi-annually.  The temple is getting a new roof, which is the big project they are focusing most of their efforts on.  Everyone inside and out is trying to get projects done and we are trying to get ahead of the rain that will be coming soon.  We will miss going to the temple inside while it is closed, but as soon as Thanksgiving comes, it will be looking really nice and clean for everyone who enters.  We are doing a few things out on the grounds as well to help rejuvenate our 40 year-old edifice.  We are working on building new sidewalk ramps, drainage in the lawn, trees needing to be cut down, adding new grass, and gold leafing the letters on the signs.  We are trying to stay on top of our daily tasks as well and getting ready for the leaf cleanup that will be coming up here soon.  Here are some pics of a few of the projects going on:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Beautiful Flowers and More Parking Lot Pictures of the New Seal Coat Finish

This flower arrangement we did at the Temple grounds is one of my favorites and I'm glad we did it at the west sign because it seems to be a gathering spot for lots of groups that come to the temple.  I love how well the Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' ornamental grass along with the petunias, geraniums, sweet potato and purple heliotrope combined together to form a great mix of colors and textures.  I also added in some umbrella grasses, but I think they got swallowed up a little.

The fun thing about gardening is you can create new and exciting mixtures of flowers, but you have to wait until mid summer to see the results.  There is some planning, risk, maintenance and a lot of faith involved.  We are fortunate with our staff and resources that we can produce a wonderful garden for people to enjoy as they come to the Temple.

Here are some more pictures of the the seal coating being done in the parking lot: