William Maclay - Vermont Architects and Planners
Choices in Sustainability
Moosilauke Ravine Lodge - Warren, NH

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Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge is the heart of a campus managed by Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth Outing Club. Since 1938, the original lodge has become beloved by Dartmouth students, alumni and the general public. 

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However, general aging, deferred maintenance, and code compliance issues became increasingly challenging. Dartmouth decided it was time to compare renovation to reconstruction, knowing this would be a sensitive issue. Maclay Architects was first selected to lead this challenging feasibility study to assess the Lodge and explore options for both renovation and construction of a new lodge. After our in depth study and numerous stakeholder meetings, Dartmouth decided to build a new Lodge. 

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We were asked to design a new facility that was reminiscent and sympathetic to the old lodge. Our design’s hybrid log and timber frame structure provided a rustic character, while allowing a heavily insulated building envelope to support ambitious sustainability goals. 

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While preserving the old character, the new facility provides bunk rooms for visitors, an updated, efficient kitchen, meeting rooms, and an open social and dining area. All of these spaces are organized around a central stone fireplace, the heart of the building.

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All image credit to Dartmouth College. 

Click here for a 3D animated walkthrough of the new lodge!