University of Iowa officials say the repairs to some of the flood-damaged buildings on the east side of campus have gone quicker than expected. U-I director of planning, Rod Lehnertz says that should ease some of the space crunch.

Lehnertz says they are bringing four critical buildings back into classroom and residence hall use, including the journalism, communications studies and English-philosophy buildings, that will be finished with reconstruction Friday.

Some buildings won’t be ready for fall classes, including Hancher Auditorium and the entire arts campus. Lehnertz says there are some long term protection issues with Hancher that need to be addressed, so they will not use it for the 2008-2009 performance season.

He says they could keep Hancher closed longer to get the reconstruction done correctly. The fall semester begins August 25th.