Hillel Yeshiva

Client: Paramount
Location: Ocean, NJ


Massa Multimedia Architecture, PC (MMA) was chosen by the Hillel Yeshiva in Ocean Township, New Jersey to develop a comprehensive set of design documents for the renovation of the various buildings of the Hillel Yeshiva Campus in Ocean Township, New Jersey. The goal of this project is to upgrade the aesthetics, building systems, efficiency, and comfort of the existing facilities to enhance the overall learning experience.

As part of this project, MMA has been addressing improvements to 6 of the 7 buildings of the over 140,000 SF Hillel Yeshiva Campus. Specifically, MMA is designing improvements to the Early Learning Center (daycare and preschool); Core Facility, including the indoor sports facilities, “Midrash” prayer rooms, kitchen and dining facilities, and specialty classrooms; Elementary School wing, Middle School wing, and High School. MMA has also been tasked with designing a new, modernized entry to update the overall effect of the school architecture.

This project encompasses many phases, including Schematic & Conceptual Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and multi-phased Permitting and Construction Administration services. To date, MMA has completed the Schematic Design phase for the entire multi-year project, which in addition to traditional design services, included the development of a 3-dimensionsal digital model of the entire campus, and a detailed digital animation, highlighting the full scope of work with animated renderings of each of the affected spaces.

This assisted the Client in the decision-making process, as well as provided the Client with a powerful fundraising tool. The 3-dimensional model and animation is assisting in the selection and articulation of the materials and decor of the corridors, core spaces, and classroom areas, simultaneously allowing MMA to develop the design and helps convey design intent for the Yeshiva’s approval.

MMA has completed the first and second phases of Construction at the school. The scope and Construction Documents included traditional floor plans, Reflected Ceiling plans, and Elevations, as well as a full set of Finishes, Furnishings and Equipment drawings, documenting the full interior design intent, including tile and paint patterns, as well as full furniture and fixture selection for each space within the Elementary School, and Early Learning Center and the creation of a Mommy and Me space.

MMA has conducted limited Construction Administration services for these 2 phases of construction, including site visits as requested, answering RFI’s for uncovered as-built conditions, as well as reviewing substitution requests, and mitigating material deficiency issues with fabricators and installers.

MMA has also completed on the Construction Documentation for Phase 3-5 of the project, including the new entry lobby, renovations to the current gymnasium, the creation of a “gymeteria” or combined cafeteria/ gymnasium, designing a new kosher kitchen and the new Middle School multi-purpose room. Full campus wide roof repair and window replacement as well as upgrading all finishes, lighting, HVAC and furnishings throughout the rest of the campus.


Architectural Design
Project Entitlement
Master Planning
Schematic Design/ LEED
Preliminary Design
Design Development
Construction Documentation
Bidding & Permitting
Construction Administration
Interior Design
3D Modeling

Video Animation

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During his tenure at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and after earning his Bachelor of Architecture, Tom has spent close to Thirty Years in planning, design, construction and contract administration for a wide range of large and small-scale projects. He joined the company in early 1997 and as one of MMA’s Principals, he has been responsible for overseeing the growth and success of the educational design studio for the last two decades. His responsibilities include contract generation, establishing budgets for hard and soft costs, design consultant coordination, and overseeing construction administration and project close-out. Tom attributes his success to his attention to detail, and his ability to work effectively with all stakeholders.