UI flood recovery projects face more delays


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Sorry, class of 2013, but you won't be able to see the IMU ground floor after all.

According to data released Thursday by the state Board of Regents, the expected completion date of reconstruction or replacement of six flood-damaged campus buildings has been pushed back yet again — one almost two more years.

Last year, the regents reported that the IMU renovation would be completed in February 2013. That date, UI officials said, has been pushed because of delays by Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Now, people will have to wait until August 2014 to see the restored basement.

"It is nfortunate that [the class of 2013] will not have that experience," UI Dean of Students David Grady wrote in an email Thursday. "Our goal since the flood has been to recover the IMU ground floor as soon as we can, and we remain committed to moving this project ahead as soon as possible so that future classes will have the benefit of that experience."

FEMA was not able to provide any reason behind the postponement Thursday, said Amanda Bicknell, a FEMA public-affairs officer.

The changes proposed by the UI for the IMU ground floor were more than FEMA was willing to fund, Regent Robert Downer said, and that has slowed down the reconstruction.

"Some of those changes were apparently felt to be enhancements, rather than restorations from the flood damage, and the [UI] had to scale back," Downer said.

Grady said the UI will be able to provide the latest details of the progress of the project at the Sept. 20 regents' meeting in West Des Moines.

Downer said the continued postponement of completion dates for the flood-damaged buildings is "very unfortunate" and the UI would benefit from reopening the buildings as soon as possible.

"I think people do get worn down to some degree to not have these buildings for their use," he said.

The expected completion date for other buildings on campus have also been modified.

The UI Theatre Building is now projected to be completed in August 2013 rather than in April 2013. The new music facilities will not be finished until August 2016, instead of October 2014 as announced last year.

Although the completion dates for the new Hancher have also been pushed back — from March 2015 to December 2015 — officials are still happy to be able to put on productions, said Rob Cline, the director of marketing and communications at Hancher.

"We feel a little nomadic, but at the same time the important thing is getting that great artist and great audience in the room together," he said.

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