FEMA awards $106 million to UI for flood renovations

The Hancher Voxman Clapp Building during the 2008 flood. Photo courtesy UI News Services.

The University of Iowa will receive a total of about $106 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist in the restoration of the Hancher Voxman Clapp Building and Art Building East. Both buildings sustained heavy damage during the 2008 flood.

“This is exciting news from our state and federal elected leaders,” said University of Iowa President Sally Mason. “It is the result of much hard work and coordination by the Iowa Office of Homeland Security, FEMA, and many university staff members.”

Hancher Voxman Clapp was awarded $74,218,831 and Art Building East was awarded $32,547,414 for permanent relocation and improvements.

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UI to reopen Art Building West

Photo by Steve Tatum, Flickr.

The spring 2012 semester will mark the first time the University of Iowa has hosted classes within its newly restored Art Building West since it was damaged by the 2008 flood.

“In some ways it is bigger than a new building opening because it’s sort of an old friend and you’re meeting again, going to a class reunion,” said Senior Vice President for Finance, Doug True. “And it is a stunning building. A lot of us have forgotten what a great building it is.”

The repair cost of Art West came to $14.2 million, just short of the $14.8 million estimate. Part of that cost includes an “invisible” flood wall  – an emergency flood barrier that can be constructed in a short amount of time.

The University of Iowa estimates that the total cost of the 2008 flood, including damage, mitigation, and recovery could total to almost $1 billion.

For more information, read the full article at The Gazette.

FEMA awards $6.5 million for post-flood renovations at IMU

The Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City, Iowa. Photo by Dan & Erin Sweeney, Flickr.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded about $6.5 million in funding to the University of Iowa to improve the Iowa Memorial Union.

The lower level of the IMU has been closed off since the flood in 2008, which caused roughly $1 billion in damage across the university campus.

The funding will assist the UI in returning the food court, bookstore, and student lounge areas to the flood-damaged lower level of the IMU.

For more information, read the full story at the Press-Citizen.