Ascend Charter School Multiple Locations in NYC

Ascend Charter School is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,500 students in across Brooklyn offering a rich, varied, rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum, in a warm, supportive, and joyful culture. These projects were a renovation of the two former parochial schools in Brooklyn chosen to house Ascend Charter Schools. Each building is approximately 30,000 USF inclusive of classrooms, gymnasiums, kitchen, bathrooms and administrative spaces. EP Engineering designed complete MEP systems to modernize the existing buildings including a new electrical service, gas fired rooftop units for the gymnasium, upgraded water and gas service, and new central fire alarm system.


Multiple Locations in New York

Project Size

30,000 sf

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Engineering challenges

  • Existing incoming utilities were old and short on capacity.
  • Water service didn’t have required backflow prevention devices.
  • Upgrading the building electrical infrastructure to accommodate new central air conditioning.
  • Creating a functional multi-zone and code compliant HVAC system to serve the classrooms, laboratory, administrative areas and Gymnasium, that could be installed the without altering the building envelope.
  • An existing combined sanitary and storm system cause periodic flooding in the cellar floor during strong rainstorms.

Engineering outcomes

  • Since the existing electrical infrastructure inside the building was aged and corroded, all new electrical distribution was designed.
  • New central boilers were designed to serve the entire building.
  • Coordinated the location of equipment and routing of ductwork and piping to ensure maximum ceiling heights were maintained.
  • Utilized energy recovery ventilators to maximize energy efficiency.
  • Coordinated separation and rerouting of existing leaders to avoid flooding in cellar floor.
  • We were able to design a functional MEP system within the school’s strict budgetary constraints.

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