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UI to pursue plans for new Museum of Art

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News that the Coralville Reservoir has crested below the emergency spillway was welcomed with open arms at Wednesday's Board of Regents meeting.

The Regents recognizing President Sally Mason and the University for their success in keeping all buildings dry.

"Thank you and your staff for all the hard work to make sure flood waters didn't hit. Clearly, since 2008, there's been significant work with FEMA," said Regents president Bruce Rastetter.

"It was truly monumental to see what can be done in three days to protect the campus," Mason said.

While officials continue to monitor the current threat, attention was turned back to recovery from 2008's record flooding.

"The fact that most of our flood renewal projects are on the consent agenda and we're not discussing them openly in every meeting, really is the first time in five years," Mason said.

Wednesday the Regents gave the University approval to pursue plans to construct a new home to the Museum of Art building.

University leaders are hoping to repair damage to the old building and construct a new home for the $500 million art collection on campus.

The university will open the replacement project up to the public for discussion.

Officials are looking to the private sector to help fund the new museum.

"We would want to continue to pursue this process with people in our community, or anywhere in Iowa that can help both find the place, the land, and also the imaginative way in which we could work with the private sector to develop something that might be a multi-use facility," said Doug True, University vice president and treasurer.

FEMA Is expected to fund $2.5 million worth of repairs to the old Museum of Art building.

The building will then likely be used by other University programs.

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