AMES — Battling through funding rejections, a search for development partners and scrapping an $80 million construction plan on private property, University of Iowa officials are asking the Board of Regents to back a new, more-frugal proposal to resurrect its Museum of Art.
A regents committee on Wednesday agreed to recommend the full board give UI officials permission to proceed with project planning for a new art museum near the campus’ Main Library. The project’s proposed budget of between $50 million and $60 million is as much as $30 million less than the original plan — thanks to use of land the university already owns.
Museum construction would include library renovations and co-locate library and museum support services, reducing the new museum’s square footage, according to regent documents. That change serves the university’s desire to shed some of the original cost and make better use of campus space.