Oklahoma City Temple



DESCRIPTION: The Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple was originally built in 2000. The newly renovated 10,890 square foot temple consists of a 1-story structure framed with wood and steel with an exterior clad in a light beige limestone. A comprehensive precedent study was performed to realign the exterior and interior with the historic and classical architecture found in the southeast United States. The complete interior has been redesigned to improve the overall functionality of ordinance and support spaces, incorporate local floral motifs, and increase the spatial volume of key areas of the temple. The exterior has also been redesigned to improve the building envelope along with the overall massing, entry, and tower design. Site improvements and new landscaping are also included in the project scope. Beyond classical ornament, local motifs related to the area include the Indian Blanket Wildflower (Oklahoma’s State flower), wheat, and Native American Indian dreamcatchers.

Architect of Record: VCBO Architecture
Client: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Size: 10,890 gsf; site development 1 acre
Status: Completed 2019

“As I walked through the temple and I looked at all motifs that had to do with Oklahoma and the American Indians, I felt my great-grandfather’s spirit…This temple has a perfect balance. It is a house for the Lord — and for the people. It has a wonderful feeling.”

— President Henry B. Eyring

CONTRIBUTIONS: Project Manager, Client Liaison, and Design Lead through SD, DD, CD, CA phases; BIM model collaboration/management; discipline coordination; presentation drawings, diagrams, and graphics for external client/stakeholder meetings



President Eyring’s spiritual experience and other highlights at the Oklahoma temple rededication

Read the rededicatory prayer offered by President Eyring for the Oklahoma City temple




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