Telus Opens Energy Efficient 24-Storey Headquarters in Vancouver

by Istvan Fekete on September 21, 2015

Telus and Westbank have opened the 24-storey Telus Garden office tower in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. The building stands out with innovative architectural, technological, and environmental features and is the first substantial office tower in the country to be built to the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standards.

Starting last week, more than 1,000 Telus employees, and tenants such as Amazon, Accenture, Capstone Mining, and law firm Bull Housser & Tupper, have opened their doors for business in the newly built, one million-square-foot, $750 million development. Another 53-storey residential building is set to open next year.

“When we first imagined this project five years ago, our vision was to create a new headquarters for our team that would dramatically reduce TELUS’ environmental footprint,” said Andrea Goertz, TELUS Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice-President. “It was also important to us that the development contribute to Vancouver’s social fabric by recreating this central block as a vibrant, fun place full of culture and energy. TELUS Garden has achieved all of that and more.”

The following features make the office tower building unique: It incorporates a district energy system that will reduce demand from conventional energy sources by 80%, and carbon dioxide emissions by more than one million kilograms a year. On the rooftop it hosts Vancouver’s largest solar panel array and features a media facade that will display community programming including visual arts created by local students and arts organizations, and much more.

As Telus reveals, by the time it is complete, the Garden development will have created a million hours of construction employment and will contribute $8–10 million in property taxes to the City of Vancouver each year.

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