|Local Architect Chosen for Ground Breaking Water Treatment Facility
November 18, 2008
New City NY - When United Water started looking for a firm to design an innovative, “green” water treatment facility that would assist the company with their long range water supply planning, Michael Shilale Architects LLP of New City stood out. The resulting project, the Haverstraw Water Supply Site, will be composed of two separate buildings; an Intake Facility located on the Hudson River bordering a marina and residential properties, and a more remote Treatment Facility that houses the water treatment equipment.
The challenge: to design appropriate buildings for each location, incorporating sustainable and environmentally friendly elements. Michael Shilale Architects’ preliminary renderings show the use of the latest technology, including photovoltaic (solar) roof panels and rain-water harvesting mechanisms (for drinking water), as well as natural daylight in place of artificial light.
“We were particularly keen on designing an attractive building on the waterfront, that will be a harmonious fit with the surrounding community” says Michael Shilale, principal and founder of the firm. To facilitate showing the buildings in context, Shilale’s team put together 3D perspectives (photo simulations) which illustrate before and after shots of the building sites.
Sameet Master, Project Manager with United Water, says that Shilale’s input has helped United Water meet their immediate short term objectives: community-and environmentally-sensitive design, as well as giving the company long range insight on the best way to incorporate green concepts for future industrial facilities in other areas.
Michael Shilale AIA, LEED, along with his partner John Cirilli AIA and staff, have designed diverse residential and commercial spaces, including apartment houses, retail centers, school facilities, private residences, healthcare and industrial facilities in New York and New Jersey. They specialize in green design and complex projects requiring high functionality, smart space usage and aesthetically sensitive environments. For more information visit www.shilale.com or call 845-708-9200