Notable for its ecological innovation and forward-thinking principles of interconnection and crossover, the University of Iowa’s Visual Arts Building recently celebrated its topping out, a builders' rite traditionally held when the last beam is placed atop a structure. It’s slated to open in May 2016.

Replacing the original arts building from 1936, which was heavily damaged during a flood in 2008, the site now sits two feet above the 500-year flood line, the university notes. The facility will provide 126,000 square feet of loft-like space for the departments of ceramics, sculpture, metals, photography, printmaking, and 3D multimedia. It will also include studio, office, and gallery space for faculty and graduate students.

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