The TELUS Garden development radically transformed an aging block of downtown Vancouver into a future friendly community that fuses beauty, functionality and environmental stewardship. TELUS Garden's 22-storey, 450,000-square-foot office tower at the southwest corner of West Georgia and Richards streets is an expansion of the telecommunications giant's existing headquarters on the city block into one of the most technologically and environmentally-advanced sites of commerce, employment, and living in the world.
The signature office tower is the first building in Canada to target the 2009 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standard with features like the pavilion rainwater capture, district energy and solar panel systems. The landmark development reinforces TELUS's commitment to Vancouver and contributes significantly to the city's goal of becoming the greenest city in the world. TELUS Garden is also quickly garnering a reputation as a hub for innovation, business and social activity in the city core.
"We are creating a destination for visitors to our city and inviting our team, tenants and customers to live, work and play in a vibrant ecosystem that promotes the environment and workforce productivity." - Darren Entwistle , President and CEO of TELUS
Public spaces, amenities and art are also major components. The office tower features 14,000 square feet of green roofs growing organic produce for local restaurants, Sky Garden meeting rooms, British Columbia artwork, programmable LED lighting that project coloured images on the soffit, and a media wall where cultural events can be broadcast to the public.
We are thrilled to see this block transform into an extraordinary world-class space. When we have projects like this come forward that combine all the elements of sustainability, social, economic and environmental in one package, and elevate that with arts, culture, philanthropy, and public space, it's hard to say no. - Gregor Robertson, Vancouver.