Hancher Auditorium Replacement

Image of UI Hancher Building

Location: 141 East Park Road.

Campus Zone: Arts Campus

Start Date: May 2013

Completion Date (estimated): Spring/summer 2016

Cost (estimated): $176 million

Square footage: 191,977 GSF

LEED status: projected LEED Gold certification


The UI's largest flood recovery project replaces the flood-damaged Hancher at a level 7 feet above the 500-year flood level. The project will include the replacement of Hancher, including a large 1,900-seat, multi-purpose proscenium theater, front of house and back of house support spaces, rehearsal room, and administrative offices. School of Music program space, including the scene shop, costume shop, recording studio, and performing arts production offices, will also be included in the replacement building.

What’s New?

(updated August 2016)

  • First Performance - Fall 2016

Construction Management: MA Mortenson Construction

Architects: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, OPN Architects

Link to Construction Webcam