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Hancher Auditorium exterior

After nearly a decade of planning, design, and construction, the new Hancher is finally ready to assume its rightful place on the Iowa City horizon.

Hancher Executive Director Chuck Swanson and his closely knit team never thought it would take this long. When the old Hancher was flooded in the catastrophic deluge of 2008, the crew expected the building would be in need of renovation, but they nonetheless held on to the idea that it ultimately could be salvaged.

When FEMA visited the site for its assessment and, upon finding the facility “beyond 50 percent destroyed,” decided that it must be replaced, members of the Hancher organization and Iowa City community were taken aback.

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The Daily Iowan