BROOKLYN ASCEND CHARTER SCHOOL : For this project, a newly-constructed office building in Brooklyn, New York was repurposed as a K-4 school on five floors with a rooftop play area and two multi-purpose rooms designed to resemble a college environment. Three years after its inception, Brooklyn Ascend was closing the achievement gap with students, bringing them from the bottom 20 percent to the top 20 percent in reading and math scores in New York.