IOWA CITY — The “slow birthing” of Hancher is in the final phase of labor.
It’s not time for tuxes and sequins just yet. Hard hats, safety glasses and vests are still de rigueur, and some interior sections are still restricted, to accommodate the push to the Sept. 9 ribbon-cutting and public unveiling.
But Wednesday marked an emotional milestone, as Executive Director Chuck Swanson and his staff started moving into the University of Iowa’s new $113 million state-of-the-art performing arts center. Six years in the making, it replaces and expands upon the 1972 Hancher Auditorium, destroyed by the floods of 2008.