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Ascent

When complete, Ascent in Milwaukee will be the tallest mass timber structure in the world.

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Project Details

Project Partners
Korb + Associates Architects
Owner
New Land Enterprises LLP
Location
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Completion Date
Area
493,000 ft²
Height
284 ft
Number of Stories
25
Number of Units/Apartments
259
Ascent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Courtesy Korb + Associates Architects
Ascent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Courtesy Korb + Associates Architects
Ascent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In this structural model, yellow denotes timber framing, with gray for concrete and red for steel.
Ascent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Courtesy Korb + Associates Architects
Ascent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Courtesy Korb + Associates Architects
Ascent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Courtesy Korb + Associates Architects

Overview

When complete, Ascent in Milwaukee’s East Town neighborhood will be the tallest timber structure in the world.  The 493,000-square-foot, mixed-use building will contain 259 apartments, a pool on the sixth floor, and a top floor amenity level.

We are providing structural design services to Korb & Associates Architects for the building, which will open in 2021.

Highlights

  • The mass timber residential floors are constructed above five levels of concrete parking garage. A system of glue-laminated timber (glulam) beams and columns support cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors. Two concrete cores provide lateral stability.
  • The design exposes the mass timber construction wherever possible to display its natural qualities. Fire testing proved that the timber structural members meet or exceed fire rating code requirements.
  • An efficient system of post-tensioned concrete beams transfer loads from the timber residential floors to the concrete garage structure below.
  • The superstructure is supported on concrete-filled steel pipe piles – the highest capacity piles yet built in Wisconsin. This system minimizes material quantities and reduces installation time, for substantial cost savings.
  • The use of sustainable mass timber helps the building exceed Milwaukee’s energy conservation code requirements.