Site Visit, Ascent, Milwaukee: CTBUH International Conference

November 2021

During a visit to Ascent in Milwaukee, 145 kilometers to the north of Chicago, a select group of 35 attendees toured the under-construction, 25-floor residential development that is on track to become the next tallest timber-concrete hybrid in the world, upon completion in August 2022. The project, developed by New Land Enterprises, features 16 floors of cross-laminated timber (CLT) columns, beams, and panels above a nine-story concrete podium and parking structure. Ascent is also a case study in the Future Timber City research project.

A photo and attendee list of the event are shown below.

Attendees included the following:

Daniel Ayars, Principal, NBBJ, Columbus, OH
• Spencer Barney, Construction Manager, Boston Properties, Inc., San Francisco
Hannes Blaas, CEO, Rothoblaas USA, New York
Christophe Bilaine, Vice President, Preconstruction, Bouygues Batiment International, Miami
• Hans-Erik Blomgren, Senior Engineering Manager, Timberlab, Swinerton, Portland, OR
• William Broderick, Area Sales Manager Midwest, Rothoblaas srl, Chicago
Buddy Burks, National Account Specialist - Construction Solutions, Nucor, Nashville
Jake Elbrecht, Research Associate, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago
Nora Wang Esram, Senior Director for Research, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Washington, DC
Tobias Fast, Senior Associate, Fast+Epp, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tim Gokhman, Managing Director, New Land Enterprises, Milwaukee, United States
• Matthew Halverson, Student, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Roger Heeringa, President/COO, DCI Engineers, Seattle
• Harriet Ingham, VP Major Projects, Holmes Solutions, Boulder
• John Klein, CEO, Principal Investigator, Generate + Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
• Wei Lam, Principal, RDH Building Science Inc., Boston
Eric Lindquist, President, Adjustable Concrete Construction, Lombard, IL
William Maibusch, Project Executive, The Walsh Group, Seattle
Ethan Martin, Director of Sustainability and Mass Timber, DCI Engineers, Portland, OR
Will Miranda, Research Manager, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago
Jeremiah O'Neill, Principal and Co-Founder, H+O Structural Engineering, Boston
• Bill Parsons, VP of Operations, WoodWorks, Boise
Lisa Podesto, Senior Business Development Manager, Design Build Americas, Lendlease, San Jose, CA
Kyle Richardson, Sr. Director, Construction Management, OAC Services, Inc., Seattle
Daniel Safarik, Assistant Director, Research and Thought Leadership, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Chicago
Nikan Samimi, Director of Business Development & Strategy, CadMakers, Burnaby, BC, Canada
May So, Associate Principal and Architect, Mithun, Seattle
• Aaron Spahn, Vice President of Operations, Adjustable Concrete Construction, Lombard, IL
Jeff Spiritos, Manager, Spiritos Properties LLC, New York
• Nicolette Stosur-Bassett, Think Wood Campaign Manager, Think Wood, Oregon City
Cary Tisch, VP, Manager of Design Integration, GEI Consultants, Madison
• Michan Walker, Architect, Studio Gang Architects, Chicago
Kai Yang, Director of Digital Fabrication, CadMakers, Burnaby, BC, Canada