BC Business Reports that TELUS Garden has become “the toast of corporate Vancouver”, the development’s on-grid energy consumption is about 80% less than other conventional office buildings. Comprising the full city block of Robson, Seymour, Richards and Georgia Streets, this development is home to TELUS national headquarters, incorporating a LEED Platinum 22 storey signature office tower and a 46 storey, 450 unit residential tower built to LEED Gold standards.

The new TELUS national headquarters also features 10,000 SF of green roofs providing organic produce for local restaurants, two elevated forests, British Columbia artwork and media walls where cultural events are broadcast to the public.

A site wide geo-exchange utility captures the immense heat generated from the TELUS Hub – which houses all the telephone lines in the Province – and stores it in the ground to be used for hot water heating in the residential tower.

The 220′ arched canopy along the entire length of one side of the building was a unique challenge for GlotmanSimpson.  Cantilevered, asymmetrical, glulam ribs project from the canopy’s steel spine that anchor only at either end.  The engineering behind this achievement was extremely complex and installation required close collaboration.  The end result is the aesthetic centrepiece of this city-block sized development that GlotmanSimpson is proud to have had a hand in innovating.