Mdi Biolab Maren Auditorium

This project at the MDI Biological Lab is another example of our skill at working with additions to historic structures, and satisfying contemporary programmatic needs. The Dahlgren Hall portion of this project was a 19th-century one-room school house that become part of the campus at MDI Bio Lab. Our charge was to restore the school house and attach a state-of-the-art auditorium and conference space

The auditorium is contained in a barn-like structure and connected to the old school by an aluminum and glass entry link, whose mirrored glass reflects the landscape.

Once inside the building, the differences between the restored school and the new auditorium is more striking. While Dahlgren Hall retains much of the flavor of its past life- complete with ladder-back chairs- the Auditorium has a modern feel that is consistent with the state-of-the-art research that is being discussed inside.