William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
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Moosilauke Ravine Lodge Feasibility Study - Warren, NH

Moosilauke Ravine Lodge Feasibilty Study - Warren NH - Maclay Architects

Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is the heart of a complex of buildings managed by Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth Outing Club. The Lodge serves Dartmouth students, alumni, and the general public. Services at the Lodge include family style meals, restroom and shower facilities, bunkrooms, and event space. Originally constructed in 1938 as a ski lodge, the lodge is now open to the public from May to October.

Following a masterplan for the entire complex by ORW Landscape Architects and Planners, the college wanted to assess the Lodge and explore options for both renovation and a replacement Lodge. From the outset, the team set several project goals:

-Explore all viable options and build consensus among stakeholders
-Maintain a continuity of character and tradition
-Support ongoing operation and maintenance by studen ts
-Preserve a sense of community and rustic hospitality

Analysis of the existing lodge and surrounding site included accessibility, code compliance, fire protection, structure, electrical, building envelope and mechanical systems. In addition to these pragmatic issues, the study also considered the rich history of the existing structure. The renovation and replacement options proposed seek to preserve the character and history of the existing lodge, while providing a safe, functional and durable building for years of continued use