11/10/2015: by Pattie Simone
New City, NY - Michael Shilale Architects, LLP, a leading Rockland County architecture, engineering and energy efficiency consulting firm, announces that the final phase of a $15 million dollar Capital Improvement Program for the North Rockland Central School District (NRCSD) was dedicated last week.
According to Michael Shilale, founding partner of MSA, many of the critical capital improvements that were made are not highly visible such as upgrading boilers and roofing, and replacing insulation and lighting, however, the beautiful new entrance to the High School is something we are very proud of. This exciting project has made a significant difference in all 10 District school buildings and will save the District multiple millions of dollars.
“We are grateful to serve North Rockland Schools as district architects and for the trust and partnership we have with the Board of Education, led by Mary Romano; the Superintendent of Schools, Ileana Eckert; the Assistant Superintendent for Business Mike Senno and his longtime predecessor Jim Johnston; as well as the Director of Facilities Paul Rooney,” says Shilale.
“When you talk about projects of this magnitude, you’re going to have surprises along the way. It was amazing how quickly they responded with short-term and long-term solutions. Michael Shilale and John Cirilli of MSA are phenomenal people to work with!” says Mary Romano, NRCSD Board President.
The modernization and beautification of public spaces via the EXCEL Infrastructure Upgrade Contract include a new, easier access entry plaza, new signage and plantings at North Rockland High School. Via the $7 million Energy Performance Contract and MSA’s guidance, the district instituted a new programmable energy management system that includes an innovative co-generation system that uses natural gas to generate heat and electricity for pool water, air in the pool space, preheating water, and other efficiencies.
As District Architects, MSA conducts evaluations of all ten NRCSD buildings every 5 years, to identify potential issues, outline cost-effective solutions, and mitigate taxpayer cost through existing state and local energy efficiency incentives, protocols and capital improvement programs.
Michael Shilale Architects, LLP, headquartered in New City, NY, delivers integrated solutions for academic, commercial, institutional, municipal and residential clients. Through strategic design - and a personalized approach led by principals Michael Shilale AIA, LEED or John Cirilli AIA, LEED - the MSA team solves building problems, protects assets and investments, and builds under budget, helping diverse clients realize their unique vision, with environmentally sensitive, innovative results.