21-story timber tower—proposed as North America’s tallest—wins U.S. government grant | News

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The proposed Ascent apartment tower in downtown Milwaukee aims to become North America's tallest timber building. Image: Korb + Associates Architects.

The proposed Ascent apartment tower in downtown Milwaukee aims to become North America’s tallest timber building. Image: Korb + Associates Architects.



A downtown Milwaukee high-rise has found support from an unlikely source: the United States Department of Agriculture.

The department’s Forestry Service division announced this week that it had awarded 41 grants totaling $8.9 million to businesses, universities, non-profits and tribal partners in 20 states to “create jobs, support fire-safe communities, restore healthy forest conditions, and spur environmentally sound innovation.”
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Part of the grant will be allocated to Ascent, a potentially record-breaking mass timber tower in Milwaukee proposed by New Land Enterprises (previously on Archinect). 

Image: Korb + Associates Architects.

“The funds will be used to support engineering work on the proposed 21-story, 201-unit apartment building,” reports Jeramey Jannene for Urban Milwaukee. “New Land is partnering with Korb + Associates Architects on the building’s design and New York-based Thornton Tomasetti on the building’s structural engineering.”

Meanwhile north of the U.S.-Canada border, another timber tower proposal in Vancouver, the Perkins+Will-designed Canada Earth Tower, promises to rise up to 40 stories and become the “world’s next tallest wooden skyscraper.” 


















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