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Building Construction

Exterior rendering: Corner of Clinton and Burlington.

In late 2009, a new location for the School of Music was formally announced and, shortly afterwards, funding was formally approved by the Iowa State Board of Regents. Located on the corner of Clinton and Burlington Streets, just a block from the School’s current space in University Capitol Centre, the new building will anchor the southern side of downtown Iowa City. It will bring an entirely new relationship between the School and the community. In keeping with the UI’s use of nationally recognized architects, the building is being designed by LMN Architects from Seattle, whose work includes award-winning campus planning, convention centers, libraries, and performing arts centers. The central building material is glass, chosen in part to make it more open to the public and highlight a feature that will differentiate the new building from the Voxman building: location.

About the Building:


  • On December 4, 2013, the Iowa State Board of Regents voted to honor Himie Voxman's legacy by retaining his name on our new building. It will be called, once again, the Voxman Music Building.


  • Downtown Iowa City, main entrance at corner of Burlington and Clinton streets


  • Largely glass exterior
  • Exterior, second-floor balcony looking toward downtown
  • 700-seat concert hall, 200-seat recital hall, organ performance hall, opera and chamber music rehearsal spaces, faculty studios, classrooms, and individual rehearsal spaces
  • Architect: LMN Architects, Seattle, WA and Neumann Monson Architects, Iowa City, IA

Construction Milestones (subject to change)

  • Demolition Start: Spring 2013
  • Start Excavation: Summer 2013
  • Building Structure: Complete Summer 2014
  • Building Skin Complete: Spring 2015
  • Testing / Commissioning: Winter 2015 -16
  • Project Complete: Spring 2016
  • University Move-in: Summer 2016