In Milwauke, a 25-Story Mass Timber Apartment Building Makes an Ascent

By Alby Gallun
Urbanland
October 18, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

In 2017, Tim Gokhman saw a conceptual study for an 80-story high-rise framed not in steel or concrete, but in wood. He was inspired to pursue the idea for his next apartment tower in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After a five-year journey, Gokhman’s firm, New Land Enterprises, is leasing up Ascent MKE, the tallest mass timber building in the world, at 25 stories. He has become something of a celebrity in construction circles, and national media—including the PBS Newshour, NBC News, and the Wall Street Journal—have beaten a path to Milwaukee to see his creation. …With one mass timber project under his belt, Gokhman is so sold on the building technology that he is exploring more under the Ascent name in other cities around the country, including Nashville, Atlanta, Denver, and Minneapolis.

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