The University of Iowa

Iowa City has not been immune to the cold wave of early 2014. Frigid temperatures have dominated the dark months of the calendar. But Mother Nature's lack of cooperation isn't slowing the Mortenson Construction crew working on Hancher. Progress is visible, along with the breath of workers toiling through the night.

Over the past few months, passersby were able to watch Hancher come out of the excavation site as 24-inch-thick concrete walls extended more than 100 feet vertically. On the inside, the new stage and hall took shape as structural steel for the first level was erected. The next phase involves the steel that will support the parterre level and balconies.

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