University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City. (Photo by Mariam Alarcon Avila)

Eight years after The University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium was essentially leveled by floodwaters from the Iowa River, the new $175-million performing arts center has emerged better than ever.

Construction for the 191,977-square-foot building in Iowa City began in May 2013, and the building will host about 50 performances annually.

The celebration included grand opening festivities last ...

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