When a major flood destroyed the original Hancher Auditorium, the University of Iowa reached out to us to help them plan for replacement facilities. Following a series of studies, we worked with the design team to help create a new facility and restore Hancher Auditorium as a cultural focal point of the region.
After a 2008 flood destroyed 13 university buildings including the original Hancher Auditorium, we helped the University of Iowa plan for replacement facilities while they continued to present artists in a variety of other venues. Following a series of studies to assess damage and determine the mitigation and recovery options, we advised on site selection, comprehensive planning, and programming exercises and helped the university navigate FEMA funding requirements. Then, we worked with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and OPN Architects to help create a new and better facility—which includes a versatile multipurpose theatre, greatly expanded and rearranged support spaces, a three-story lobby, café, and terrace.
- 1,765-seat multipurpose theatre
- Rehearsal room