FPL Researcher Featured on National Public Radio

Brian Brashaw
Forest Products Marketing Unit
Program Manager

Forest Products Laboratory’s (FPL) Brian Brashaw was featured in an National Public Radio (NPR) segment about the soon-to-be world’s tallest timber building currently under construction in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Ascent building will boast 25 stories, 18 of which will be framed in mass timber. The upscale apartment complex is slated for completion in 2022. Right now, the cement foundation is being laid. Brashaw anticipates the Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) “to start flying,” or rather, construction crane hoisted pre-fabricated mass timber sections to begin installation in early summer 2021.  

FPL is excited about its participation in helping the Ascent rise among the tallest modern wood structures in the world.

A rendering of the 25-story Ascent building currently under construction in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo credit: Korb + Associates

While the Ascent was still in the planning phase, FPL researchers met with the building’s engineers, architects, and developer to better understand the needs of the building and to lend their expertise. FPL researchers advised on building design and planning as well as conducting fire testing research.

Additionally, Brashaw is a member of the Forest Service’s Wood Innovations network which provided a $250,000 grant to the Ascent project team in 2019. The project funds were used to support architectural design and engineering. 

Listen to the NPR segment here https://www.wuwm.com/post/worlds-tallest-timber-tower-rising-milwaukee#stream/0

To find out more about the amazing advancements our scientists are making, visit the Forest Products Laboratory at https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/