The Ashton

A Mixed-use Marvel in Millwork

After designing the master plan for the new Millwork Commons neighborhood, APMA began work on the transformation of the historic Ashton building into a mixed-use hub for north downtown. The renovated building commemorates the history of the former window factory while celebrating the energy of its new use. Constructed of heavy timber and load-bearing masonry the building had developed a rich patina throughout its lifetime.

Project Details

Location
Omaha, NE

Size
189,300 SF

Scope of Work
Renovation + Addition

Date of Completion  
December 2020

With over an acre of space on each of its four floors how to identify the Ashton’s front door for pedestrians and visitors was a challenge. A new entry portico on the north side helps make it obvious and enhanced streetscapes adds human scale improvements.

New elements were intentionally designed to contrast the existing materials, offering a strong counterpoint that emphasizes the beauty of both new and old. A community space, nicknamed The Dock, bisects the ground floor, and provides opportunities for gathering, retail, and building amenities and services.

Photography by Alistair Tutton and Erin Giannangelo 

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