In 2012, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to build the first Temple in Tucson, Arizona. The Tucson Arizona Temple will serve as a place of worship for the more than 30,000 active Latter-day Saints living in the Tucson area. The Tucson Arizona Temple will be the sixth temple built in Arizona. President Dieter Uchtodorf, the second counselor of the First Presidency of the Church, says the temple is for people who are members of the church and who are not members of the church.
The Tucson Arizona Temple sits on a 7-acre site in the Catalina Foothills. Unlike other LDS Temples, the Tucson Arizona Temple features a dome-shaped cupola. The dome’s design is similar to Italy’s II Duomo de Firezna (The Dome of Florence). The design compliments the nearby historic Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Tucson. Atop the cupola is a lantern and pedestal for the Angel Moroni statue. The cupola is covered with zinc shingles instead of ceramic tiles. Big-D Construction utilized Building Information Modeling, or BIM, to create three-dimensional models of the Temple prior to construction.