Downtown Milwaukee is about to become home to a $ 80 million, 25-story mass timber apartment tower. The project, known as Ascent, is being developed at 700 E. Kilbourn Ave., by New Land Enterprises LLP and Wiechmann Enterprises. According to New Land, foundation work has started and the building is scheduled for completion in summer of 2022. The 25-story, 259-unit high-rise is being constructed with a technique known as mass timber or cross-laminated timber. The mass timber process uses layers of wood pressed together to create columns, beams and other building frame components. Apartments, offices and other buildings made from timber provide a lower carbon footprint than conventional construction. They also can create a more attractive atmosphere, featuring exposed wood interiors. According to New Land, at 284 feet, Ascent is to be the tallest mass timber structure in the world.
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