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New Mass Timber Building in Milwaukee Could Rise 28 Stories

15 February 2023 | Milwaukee, United States

A revised version of The Edison apartment tower in Milwaukee could rise 28 stories at a riverfront site, potentially rising higher than the 25-story Ascent tower.

The project is likely to be finished in 2026. The Edison, 1005 N. Edison St., was initially planned as a 15-story building with 220 apartments. The revised plan adds 13 floors and pushes the unit count to 296 with penthouses spread across the top three floors. 

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The Edison also includes the use of glulam, an engineered wood product comprised of layers of timber glued together, as a structural replacement for steel columns. 

The Neutral Project is working with HPA Architecture on the building’s design. Thornton Tomasetti is serving as the structural engineer on the project. CD Smith would serve as the general contractor.

Renderings of the proposed Edison re-design are expected to be released in March 2023, after which the building will need additional city design approvals.

The 284-foot-tall (86.6-meter-tall) Ascent, 700 E. Kilbourn Ave., was certified by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as “the world’s tallest timber-concrete hybrid building” in an Aug. 1 ceremony.

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