Portfolio Category: Special Needs

Jesse Kaplan Pool and Classroom Addition

Michael Shilale Architects (MSA), created a master plan for the expansion of the Jesse Kaplan School back in 2008. After successfully completeling an innovative and cost saving addition of four classrooms to this building in 2011, we were selected to design another addition as well as a therapeutic pool facility.
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Esplanade Luxury Senior Residence

Michael Shilale Architects, LLP are recognized experts in Universal Design.  Esplanade Palisades needed that expertise to assure their addition continued their tradition of expansive apartments, designed and equipped specifically for the comfort and safety of their residents.
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Kathleen Lukens Living Center

This project creates a special kind of home for 24 developmentally disabled adults. Focusing on one’s abilities rather than disabilities, the project provides both the physical environment and the social support structure to assist individuals cross the Threshold to Independence.
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Paul J Tendler Independent Living Center

An innovative community designed to allow adults with developmental disabilities live independently has been created on 13 acres of land in New Hempstead for a non-profit service provider. With this site, there was a unique opportunity to create an environment where wheelchair ramps are not necessary. We have eliminated the stairs and replaced them with gently graded slopes, which are easier to negotiate. We can remove barriers to emphasize people’s abilities rather than their disabilities. There is no place where only people who walk can go.
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Therapeutic Pool at Rockland ARC

Rockland ARC has a long history of providing programs for people with Developmental Disabilities.  When they needed a therapeutic pool to add to their very successful Prime Time for Kids program the contacted Michael Shilale Architects, LLP.  MSA has distinguished itself as the premier firm in the region designing environments for individuals with disabilities.  Several design awards and a committed fresh approach was the right mix for Rockland ARC.
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