Medical School Teaching Facility Auditorium Renovation

University of Maryland, Baltimore

 
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Built in the 1970s the University of Maryland Founding Campus in Baltimore's Medical School Teaching Facility has been in continuous use as a lecture theatre since its construction. No major renovations or improvements had been made. From the time the auditorium was put into service, most of the balcony had been unusable as no more than about 25% of the balcony seats had view to the lectern or most of the stage.

In support of the University's need for an upgraded facility, Read & Company was commissioned to improve sightlines, maximize seating, provide accessibility, update finishes, and improve acoustics within the space. Removing the projecting plaster balcony nosing, raising the rake of the balcony seating accommodating an additional row of seating and increase views, and redistributing aisle accessways prioritizing prime seating areas, Read & Company improved the functionality of the auditorium. American Ash acoustic wood planks and hardwood flooring were used to provide warmth and refinement to the space aesthetics and acoustics while installing an engineered radiused sloped riser system and ramps to provide access to and visual direction to the stage area highlighting the focus of the room.