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FOREST CITY | Construction of the Hanson Family Fine Arts Center is more than halfway finished. 

Although work has been a little slow due to bitter cold temperatures, the facility is still on track to be completed in October, according to Eric Kingland, owner of Kingland Construction, general contractor for the project. 

The $10.3 million fine arts center, located on John K. Hanson Drive across from the Hanson Fieldhouse, is a joint project of Forest City Community Schools, Waldorf University and the city of Forest City. 

The first floor of the building will include an auditorium with seating for 630 people.

Cement has been poured for one-third of the stadium-style seating in the auditorium. 

The auditorium will be used for university, school and local theater group performances as well as regional and national touring groups. 

The first floor also will include an art gallery.

The second floor will have an area with lots of large glass windows that can be used for gatherings such as wedding receptions. A catering area will be located next to this space. 

The Hanson Foundation, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Waldorf, the school district and the city are all contributing funding for the fine arts center.

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