Hancher Auditorium

Original Hancher Auditorium


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Hancher and School of Music Replacement - Flood Recovery

Hancher Auditorium Replacement Facility



Construction Webcam: Hancher Replacement


  • Address is 141 East Park Rd
  • North of the present building, at a level roughly 7' above the 500-year floodplain


  • 1,800 seat auditorium with two balconies

  • Separate rehearsal space suitable for programming

  • Designed in scale with neighboring Levitt Center

  • Seeking LEED Gold certification


  • Substantial completion projected for Spring 2016

Existing Hancher Auditorium

  • Demolition in progress

  • Archival documentation of existing building, other Iowa River valley architecture


School of Music Replacement Facility

School of Music design


Construction Webcam: School of Music Replacement Building


  • Address is 93 East Burlington St.

  • Downtown Iowa City

  • Main entrance at corner of Burlington and Clinton streets


  • 90,000 sqaure feet

  • 700-seat performance hall

  • Largely glass exterior

  • Seeking LEED Gold certification

  • Second floor auditoriums


  • Final completion projected for August 2016

IMU Flood Recovery
Art Building Replacement - Flood Recovery


design concepts unveiled

Building concepts revealed for Hancher, music, visual arts (02/08/2012)

public notice of availability

FEMA, Public Notice of Availability, UI Visual Arts Building, Hancher Auditorium and Voxman/Clapp Relocation Environmental Assessments

Section 106 Process

FEMA Presentation, 11/01/2011 Art Building and Hancher/Voxman/Clapp, Demolition Resulting from Permanent Relocation

Architect Selection announcements

11/15/10 - LMN Architects selected to design new facility for UI School of Music
Press Release

09/14/10 - Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects selected to design new Hancher building.
Press Release

April 28, 2010: OPN has been selected as the Iowa-based architect of record for the replacement of Hancher Auditorium. M.A. Mortensen has been selected as CM Agent for this project.

site locations

Hancher siteMap outlining Hancher Auditorium replacement area

School of Music site Map outlining School of Music replacement area


Additional information about the Hancher-Voxman-Clapp replacement will be posted as it becomes available. If you have a comment or question, email hvc-site@uiowa.edu.


Site Selection Presentation - October 12, 2009 (ppt)
Site Selection Presentation - July 9, 2009 (ppt)

Flood Mitigation Task Force Recommendations (pdf)

Additional Information

UI Flood Recovery - status of flooded buildings