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Ribbon Cut on first new classrooms for Rockland Boces in decades



 'Floorless' Modular Units make up 5000 square feet of new space


October 12, 2011

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West Nyack  NY -  A ribbon cutting took place today on the first new classrooms in decades built at Rockland BOCES.  These light filled spaces are already making an impact on the students and teachers at this school for children with special needs.


Michael Shilale Architects (MSA), an expert in educational spaces and environments for individuals with special needs, was a perfect match for this project.  Utilizing strategies to create better early childhood classrooms, such as direct connections to the exterior, increased daylight and views, and improved ventilation and controls -  these spaces are the envy of every teacher. 


An innovative 'floorless' modular technique was utilized offering many advantages.  It allowed a connection to the existing building and the exterior without stairs and ramps.  It also minimized the construction time on site, reducing the impact to the existing program.  To watch a cool time lapse video of the construction - click here.


Building geometry, overhangs, minimizing east and west glazing, as well as individuals controls and zoning will improve indoor comfort and save energy.


For twenty years, clients have entrusted Michael Shilale Architects, LLP (MSA) to solve their building problems, protect their assets and investments, build under budget and realize their vision. Providing integrated solutions for new construction, renovation, and energy savings, since 1991 MSA has completed over 2,000 projects, each personally managed by principals Michael Shilale AIA, LEED or John Cirilli AIA, LEED.

MSA, an eight person architectural engineering firm is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through their design work.

MSA serves an educational, commercial, institutional, municipal and residential client base, throughout New York and New Jersey. For more information, please call 845-708-9200, or visit their website at