U. of Iowa Finds Renewal in Rebuilding

U. of Iowa Finds Renewal in Rebuilding 4

Liz Martin for The Chronicle

Rodney Lehnertz, director of planning, design, and construction at the U. of Iowa, says a new music complex in Iowa City will "create an epicenter for arts activities downtown."

A few weeks ago, news outlets across the nation marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with countless articles and broadcasts, and Sally K. Mason, the University of Iowa's president, found herself bemused by the one element of the coverage. Together the eight colleges and universities in New Orleans suffered just over $1-billion in damage during Katrina. Meanwhile Ms. Mason's institution alone suffered an estimated $743-million in damage in June 2008, when the flood-swollen Iowa