Crews begin knocking down Hancher Auditorium at U. of Iowa - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Crews begin knocking down Hancher Auditorium at U. of Iowa

Posted: Updated:
IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The wrecking ball is taking down a flood-damaged building on the University of Iowa's campus.

Crews are demolishing the old Hancher Auditorium, which has been closed since the 2008 floods. Part of the foundation for the new building was also poured Monday morning, right next to the demolition site. 

Demolition of the old Hancher Auditorium was something several people wanted to see, including Carol Stegink.

She was there when the building was built and made several trips there over the years.

"We could get right close, seeing them there," said Stegink, who lives in Iowa City. "It was just wonderful. You know, internationally known artists.

For younger observers the wrecking ball was just something they'd never seen before.

"You can hear all the sounds of them wrecking it and it's really cool," said McKenna Simcox, who is nine years old.

There was so much damage to the building it qualified for replacement funds from FEMA.

"We are seeing, physically, of really the soul of Hancher to the new site with the demolition of the original 1972 building and the largest concrete pour we're going to see on the new Hancher site right next door," said Rod Lehnertz, UI Facilities Management. 

People like Stegink hope the new building will draw in more of those internationally known artists.

"I hope the new building will be pleasant, easily accessible, and comfortable and cozy," said Stegink.

University officials plan to open the new building in 2016.

You can watch construction of the new building by clicking here.

  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • August is Summer Sun Safety Month

    August is Summer Sun Safety Month

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:40 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:40:15 GMT
    Improper usage of sunscreen by your viewers may cause the very burn they are trying to prevent. Five bad sunburns can double your lifetime risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Sunscreen only when applied or used properly will help. The UVA ray are primarily responsible for skin again also. The sun protection factor, or SPF, number on a bottle of sunscreen only measures UVB protection, he said. Labels will now show the phrase "broad-spectrum," which means protection against b...More >>
    Improper usage of sunscreen by your viewers may cause the very burn they are trying to prevent. Five bad sunburns can double your lifetime risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Sunscreen only when applied or used properly will help. The UVA ray are primarily responsible for skin again also. The sun protection factor, or SPF, number on a bottle of sunscreen only measures UVB protection, he said. Labels will now show the phrase "broad-spectrum," which means protection against b...More >>
  • Run the bases 5K/10K benefit

    Run the bases 5K/10K benefit

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:32 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:32:03 GMT
    The first-ever Run the Bases 5K/10K will be hosted by the Cedar Valley SportsPlex on Saturday, August 16. All proceeds will benefit Build Our Ballpark. This event will include all levels of athletes, there will be a mile-long Fun Run at 8 a.m. for kids and families near Young Arena. Then the 5K and 10K races will take off simultaneously at 8:30 a.m. near the SportsPlex.More >>
    The first-ever Run the Bases 5K/10K will be hosted by the Cedar Valley SportsPlex on Saturday, August 16. All proceeds will benefit Build Our Ballpark. This event will include all levels of athletes, there will be a mile-long Fun Run at 8 a.m. for kids and families near Young Arena. Then the 5K and 10K races will take off simultaneously at 8:30 a.m. near the SportsPlex.More >>
  • Computer technician warns against public Wi-Fi

    Computer technician warns against public Wi-Fi

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:00:34 GMT
    When you connect to free or public wireless internet, you may be putting your personal information at risk.More >>
    When you connect to free or public wireless internet, you may be putting your personal information at risk.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.