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Old January 8th, 2020, 01:32 AM   #61
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This is great. But what's going on with the 7 story office building they want to build on Plankinton?

Unusual timber office building proposed for downtown Milwaukee's riverfront is redesigned, cutting costs

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Old January 8th, 2020, 02:58 PM   #62
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This is great. But what's going on with the 7 story office building they want to build on Plankinton?

Unusual timber office building proposed for downtown Milwaukee's riverfront is redesigned, cutting costs

Nothing, just a slight change in the façade. Some people prefer it others don't and I'm not sure where I stand.
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Old January 8th, 2020, 04:11 PM   #63
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Nothing, just a slight change in the façade. Some people prefer it others don't and I'm not sure where I stand.
Anybody know how far along/close to construction that one is?
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Old January 8th, 2020, 04:12 PM   #64
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I'd have to imagine if the Ascent gets built (I'm never sure until funding is secured...), and is a success that we'll start seeing a lot more mass timber projects. If its more sustainable, cheaper, and helps put Milwaukee on the map - I'm all for it.
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Old January 9th, 2020, 04:21 PM   #65
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Old January 9th, 2020, 07:24 PM   #66
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Not sure what the point is of your post. If Milwaukee helps pioneer and popularize a new construction technique, that is important. And if the Ascent is a test case for a 20+ skyscraper, perhaps some there are some biz dev opportunities here for companies to become leaders in the technique. I'm interested new techniques and materials in this as we're increasingly going to face traditional constructional material shortages (such as sand for concrete and glass) around the world.
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Old January 9th, 2020, 07:36 PM   #67
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This feels like grabbing at strings, anything to make us feel super important. I think we all want to do that.
Or following basic economic principals...

New product introduced to market > market proves it out > if popular and cost effective, growth for demand of that product is realized. Considering this product also aligns well with a pro-environmentalism age, that's not grabbing at strings.
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Old January 9th, 2020, 07:54 PM   #68
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ASCENT MKE | 23 FL | ~260' | SITE PREP

As a structural engineer, I know how to design mass timber about as much as anyone on this forum does. I know lots of other structural engineers who work for tons of companies and non of them know how too.

So if we are one of the first places in the world to obtain this knowledge from engineers to contractors, that’s a huge deal. It means that our firms get contracts for other buildings around the world for the foreseeable future and we have people who can teach this knowledge to other local people.
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Old January 9th, 2020, 11:56 PM   #69
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Apologies, I wasn't thinking in the game of chess.
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Old January 11th, 2020, 11:02 PM   #70
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Site has a fence around it and pilings are going in. Looks like serious work is starting.
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Old January 14th, 2020, 10:15 AM   #71
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This is a great project for MKE. It will bring more density to downtown and support more businesses. Hopefully it will also prove that Milwaukee can support many more residential high rises.
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Old January 14th, 2020, 03:31 PM   #72
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Site has a fence around it and pilings are going in. Looks like serious work is starting.
Parts of Edwardo's are already demoed on the back side of the building from the looks of it.
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Old January 14th, 2020, 04:04 PM   #73
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Thought I would post a picture of what this project is. Did not see one on the thread.

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Old January 14th, 2020, 04:44 PM   #74
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I am shocked that we have not heard anyone whining about losing their lake view in the Yankee Hill Tower south. Thought this would have made the news but thankfully crickets as far as I could tell. Take a look at the picture I just posted. Those facing the east side of the tower will be staring at the Ascent. This is where a good pair of urban binoculars come in handy to share hand signals with the neighbor across the street and 15+ stories in the air.
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Old January 14th, 2020, 05:40 PM   #75
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I am shocked that we have not heard anyone whining about losing their lake view in the Yankee Hill Tower south. Thought this would have made the news but thankfully crickets as far as I could tell. Take a look at the picture I just posted. Those facing the east side of the tower will be staring at the Ascent. This is where a good pair of urban binoculars come in handy to share hand signals with the neighbor across the street and 15+ stories in the air.
Yankee Hill is apartments, so not as much pull as condos. Still a little surprised that the owners haven't said anything, but that being said its not like its going to affect lease rates that much.
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Old January 14th, 2020, 08:09 PM   #76
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Thought I would post a picture of what this project is. Did not see one on the thread.

That rendering shows so much that another tower belongs across the street on Van buren and Kilbourn. Then imagine the Masonic Hotel going up and mid rises being developed on all the open lots on the wells/cass/marshall streets. it'd completely transform the Skyline. One can dream.

I really do hope this project lights a fire in other developers to compete in leaving their own mark in Milwaukee. If new land can do it, there is no reason other developers should not be getting their project off the ground cough* barrett lo *cough.
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Old January 14th, 2020, 08:59 PM   #77
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It will be great to see this tower rise here with all of these other towers being so close. Even better if the Masonic hotel gets built to the south too. Everywhere you walked you would have a tower close to you in this area.
Thought I would comment on this post by MilArch to get this picture re-posted. He properly portrays what this area at street level would look like.
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Old January 14th, 2020, 10:10 PM   #78
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I really do hope this project lights a fire in other developers to compete in leaving their own mark in Milwaukee. If new land can do it, there is no reason other developers should not be getting their project off the ground cough* barrett lo *cough.
I'm actually more excited to see NLE pull this off than anything. They have really stepped up their projects as of late. I follow Tim Gokhman on twitter, and I think he gets it. Assuming this work out, I'm looking forward to their future projects.
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Thought I would comment on this post by MilArch to get this picture re-posted. He properly portrays what this area at street level would look like.
It’s going dramatically change the feel of that spot, I used to live a block from that corner and I’d say that Van Buren between State and Michigan is just about the most unpleasant, dead street downtown. I’m really curious what we’ll see for retail tenants in this building.
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Old January 21st, 2020, 11:22 PM   #80
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https://onmilwaukee.com/market/artic...ss-timber.html

I don't think there is any new information per se, but I found this article interesting for some discussion from Tim Gokhman about this project and the smaller officer tower on the river.
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