Nearly five years after massive flooding damaged or destroyed buildings on the University of Iowa campus, the school is set to begin construction to replace and repair those buildings.
The Iowa City school plans to begin construction this summer on three new buildings estimated at $402 million.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency had said in January 2009 that it would pay to replace Iowa's Hancher Auditorium, a studio arts building and the school of music facility. But last summer, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said FEMA had miscalculated. After months of lobbying and pressure from Iowa's governor, congressional delegation and others, the federal government ruled in October that the university would get nearly $84 million to replace the buildings.