The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers unique design and detailing. These qualities were especially noticeable in the architectural precast concrete panels used to clad the exterior. They incorporated an olive-branch motif throughout the design and feature details and stepping for corners, cornices, and windows.
Situated on an east-west axis, the structure consists of three above-grade levels for patron use and a basement for mechanical systems. Windows were used generously and feature decorative art glass that highlights the olive-branch emblem. Landscaping is complemented by planters embedded in the precast concrete walls along the entrance plazas. The detailed pieces included three cornice details, recessed and arched window openings, compound steps at the corner of the buildings, fringe details, and lettering cast in the panels. The two spires at the building’s roof were created by connecting three levels of precast concrete panels. Lettering was also cast into panels to identify the building and express its religious importance.
The project was modeled using three-dimensional (3-D) building information management software to assist with conflict resolution. The 3-D modeling also allowed the precaster to relay questions or problems more clearly to the design team.
Two finishes were used for the 406 panels, which included glitter sand in their concrete mix. A medium sandblast was used as the predominant finish, but acid etching was applied as a secondary finish for contrast.
This project is an excellent example of precast concrete’s versatility. The precast panels allowed the architects to create large sections of the building and minimize the number of joints, so from a distance it reads as a stone building, but the closer you get, the more abstract that surface gets.