A timelapse video now making the rounds online captures one of the most amazing engineering feats in recent Utah history: the salvaging of the Provo Tabernacle.
The video which appears to have been shot from the neighboring Nu Skin building shows how crews replaced the foundation of the historic Mormon meeting house with stilts. That would have been an impressive feat on any construction site, but considering the building is a 129-year-old, 7-million-pound brick shell, it was nothing short of amazing in this case.
The Provo Tabernacle was gutted by fire Dec. 17, 2010. I had been a reporter for a week at the time and, because I lived two blocks away, I happened to be one of the first non-fire fighters on the scene. It was a gut-wrenching experience to see the building go up in flames and watching the events of the day, I got the sense that many people didn't realize how important the building was to the community until was gone.