There’s a new green development slated for downtown Vancouver, Canada, and it is by no means small. The million-square foot, $750 million TELUS Garden development–the regional headquarters of TELUS, a leading Canadian telecommunications company–is expected to transform an aging block of the city’s downtown into an icon of advanced technology and environmental stewardship.
The 22-story office tower is expected to be the first building in Canada built to the new 2009 LEED Platinum standard, while the neighboring 44-storey residential tower will be built to the LEED Gold. (TELUS already has a few LEED certified buildings under its belt, including TELUS House Ottawa, TELUS House Toronto and the Place TELUS Quebec City.)
Once complete, TELUS’ new headquarters will feature 10,000 square feet of green roofs (which will provide truly local, organic produce for area restaurants) as well as two elevated roof forests. British Columbian artwork will be featured throughout the development, a LED lighting system on the western façade will project programmable images onto fritted glass, and media walls integrated into the towers will create public spaces where cultural events such as symphony concerts can be broadcast.
The project will create half a million square feet of new office space available for multiple tenants and 500 new residential units, all surrounded by a vibrant, green urban center. TELUS Gardens is expected to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy and create three million person-hours of employment during construction. It is scheduled to break ground this fall and to be complete in 2015.
The development will be located at the lower end of Robson Street and will create a link to the cultural and sports centres of the city. Once occupied, the site’s business and residential tenants are expected to add an estimated $8 – $10 million in new tax revenue to the city on an annual basis.