University of Iowa to Restore Art Facility

November 7, 2008

Despite the risk that the Iowa River could overflow its banks again, the University of Iowa says it will restore a flood-damaged art building.

Officials say that’s because the need for space outweighs the risk that the Art Building West will flood again before protections are put in place.

Record flooding in June caused $12 million in damage to the $21.5 million building.

The university’s flood mitigation task force recommended the building be restored because of the space needs of the art and art history programs.

University President Sally Mason has approved the estimated $5 million project. The building is scheduled to reopen by December 2009

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  • November 7, 2008 at 2:57 am
    Dread says:
    There is no "art" in Iowa. The state name stands for "Individuals Out Wandering Around". And what kind of idiot says to hell with mother nature and rebuilds on the river? I... read more
  • November 7, 2008 at 1:03 am
    Tom Roti says:
    They should restore it with the main floor not used. Build it on stilts. When it floods again, the tax payers will foot the bill. The original concept of putting the building ... read more
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