Construction has begun on Ascent, a 259-unit apartment tower at 700 E. Kilbourn Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. At 284 feet tall, Ascent is poised to become the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world, according to the project team.
The apartments will sit atop a six-story podium housing retail, parking, a swimming pool and a fitness center. There will also be a full-amenity floor atop the building.
Ascent is being built with mass timber, a material first used in the 1920s that has been used for high rise construction in Europe, Australia and Canada. Recent changes to U.S. building codes opened the door for domestic mass timber high-rise construction. Ascent is slated for completion in summer 2022.
Developer: New Land Enterprises, Wiechmann Enterprises
Cost: C.D. Smith Construction Inc., Catalyst Construction