Michael Shilale Architects Receives Accolades for Innovative, Functional Design


“Best Practice” Senator Thomas P. Morahan Wellness Center Serves Community Needs


May 23, 2012

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By Patricia Simone


“Productive, functional design results from a keen understanding of each client’s vision, mission and goals,” says Michael Shilale, AIA, LEED, founding partner of Michael Shilale Architects, LLP (MSA) - a busy New City, NY architectural engineering firm.

An important new facility – The Senator Thomas P. Morahan Wellness Center, located in Valley Cottage, NY – reflects MSA’s dedication to details. The Center which provides valuable preventative, supportive, treatment and advocacy services to children, families, and adults, has received numerous accolades for its creative design, use of space and functionality.

“The Senator Thomas P. Morahan Wellness Center is one of our proudest accomplishments. For the first time in our 60+ year history, this best practice center features the co-location of all of MHA’s services. It allows for ease of access, sharing of resources, expansion of programming, and the creation of a therapeutic milieu that honors and celebrates our clients. Michael Shilale Architects made our vision a reality. Their hard work, dedication, professionalism, and expertise were invaluable to our organization,” says Stephanie Madison, LMSW, President/CEO of Mental Health Association of Rockland County (MHA).

Shilale’s firm was chosen by MHA from a field of five other architectural firms, to design flexible use rooms for varied ‘Wellness model” group offerings, conference areas, and staff offices. In addition to being sensitive to MHA’s objectives, Shilale’s team had to adhere to MHA’s licensing agencies requirements and a tight budget.

Future requirements and projected needs were also addressed. According to Beth Siegelbaum, Coordinator of Operations, future plans include adding an elevator and generator. “MSA’s suggestion to include some larger spaces on the generator (to meet the goals of the agency’s Emergency/Disaster Plan) will provide for the possibility of a ‘Shelter-In-Place’ site for the agency’ programs including residential sites if the need arises.”

Shilale’s firm - noted for their best practices and environmentally-sensitive LEED-accredited work - has designed hundreds of innovative, functional buildings in NY, NJ, CT, CA, MI and FL. Acclaimed green projects include the award winning Kathleen Lukens Living Center for Camp Venture in Sparkill, and the Jawonio’s Tendler Center in New Hempstead, NY.

Michael Shilale Architects, LLP delivers integrated solutions for academic, commercial, institutional, municipal and residential clients, covering new construction, renovation, energy savings and environmentally-conscious and mission-driven designs. Additional MSA services include energy efficiency and procurement, advising on smart meters and real time pricing platforms.

To review MSA’s top 20 projects, visit http://www.shilale.com/20/. For more information about the firm go to http://www.shilale.com. Contact Michael Shilale directly by calling 845-708-9200.