World’s Tallest Mass Timber Structure, Ascent Tower, Officially Opens in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A historic milestone in the use of mass timber as a construction material was passed on Friday (7-15-22), when Korb + Associates Architects’ Ascent Tower officially opened in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Ascent Tower is 25 stories, a total of 86.6 meters, or 284 feet, tall. The Ascent is now officially the world’s largest mass timber structure, surpassing Norway’s Mjøsa Tower by a mere 1.2 meters (4 feet).

The Ascent was constructed at a cost of $80 million and will provide Milwaukee’s East Town neighborhood with a total of 259 apartments, which were built in partnership with structural engineers Thorton Tomasetti.

It is Milwaukee’s second mass timber residential development. The nearby Timber Lofts was the first, and they both will soon be joined by 15-story design called the Edison which is scheduled to open sometime next year.

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World's tallest mass timber tower opens in Milwaukee