Digging into the design and renovation goals for LDS Church’s Mesa Arizona Temple project

Modernizing air-conditioning in a 75,000-square-foot building built decades before the widespread adoption of central air, cleaning up and restoring murals, terracotta tiles and decorative flooring and enhancing garden areas are top goals for the two-year renovation project for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ Mesa Arizona Temple.

The Mesa temple will close May 19 and won’t reopen until 2020. The Mormon church has hired Salt Lake City architecture firm GSBS Architects to handle…

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