The Conference Center

 

Located north of Temple Square ,  the new conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints occupies 10 acres and is a  magnificent work of architecture.  Seating 21,000 people, the  Conference Center is considered one of the world's largest religious auditoriums.  Ground breaking for the building was done on July 24, 1997.  The building was used for the first time for the April 2000 general conference of the church.   Below the conference center is a four-level underground parking structure.  State-of-the-art video, sound and lighting equipment were designed and used in the construction of the building to accommodate a large audience.  One unique feature about the architecture of the building is that there are no interior pillars to obstruct the view of the speaker.

The Conference Center serves as the new location for the Church's semi-annual general conferences which were held at the Tabernacle prior to April 2000.  The Conference Center will also serve as a concert and performance hall for special performances. 

The roof of the Conference Center offers amazing views of Temple Square and of the Salt Lake Valley.  Seven acres of pools and gardens have been landscaped to give visitors a unique display of Utah's trees, wild grasses and flowers.  A waterfall also cascades along the south side of the building.  Within the building, visitors can enjoy an amazing display of artifacts including paintings, statues and fountains.  Tours are available from 9 am to 8 pm.

Other Facts about the Conference Center

  • 1.5 million square feet (total building and parking structure)—about 40 times the size of the Tabernacle (250 ft. long 150 ft. wide). 
     

  • The main auditorium is large enough to house a Boeing 747 jet with room to spare.
     

  • The Conference Center will seat 21,000 plus all the General Authorities and the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Delta Center seats up to 20,400. The Small Theater will seat 900, about half the size of the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah.
     

  • Four-level underground parking with 1,300 parking spaces.
     

  • An estimated 116,000 total cubic yards of concrete were poured for the building. Stacking one cubic yard (3ft. x 3ft. x 3ft.) on top of another, you would have a column 66 miles high. Also, one cubic yard being approximately equal to 202 U.S. gallons, Legacy Constructors poured almost 23.5 million gallons of concrete.
     

  • 4 acres of landscaped roof with fountains, waterfalls, trees, planters, flowers, and a 3-acre meadow complete with irrigation systems.
     

  • Translation facilities for up to 60 languages simultaneously, second only to the United Nations.
     

  • 50,000 miles of electrical wiring (enough to circle the earth two times) and 780 miles of electrical conduit.
     

  • 13 passenger elevators, 12 escalators, and 3 service and stage elevators.
     

  • Custom-built organ with 130 ranks of pipes, totaling 7,667 individual pipes.
     

  • The King Truss—the main support beam for the building—weighs approximately 621 tons. It would take 3-4 blue whales (up to 190 metric tons each) or 69 African elephants (up to 9 tons each) to equal the weight of the King Truss.
     

  • Approximately 1,100 employees on-site during peak construction schedule; more than 80 subcontractors involved in construction.

 

 

The Conference Center
60 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
(801) 240-0080