When Darren Entwistle presided over the official opening of Telus Garden headquarters in downtown Vancouver Thursday, it sure sounded like he was here to stay.
In what was one of the president and CEO’s first public appearances since being reappointed, before a crowd of employees, politicians, the media and customers, Entwistle dedicated the building to Telus employees, “past, present and future.”
“I’m pleased to be back and — I think you can probably tell by the enthusiasm around this announcement and all that it portends for the future of Telus — pretty pleased with what the future is going to hold for us,” he said.
Where we are, now that all the official speeches are done, is in a glass-enclosed meeting room perched over Vancouver’s Richards Street, cantilevered so far out over traffic that, although we can barely see the drivers below, every once in awhile, the floor vibrates when a large vehicle drives underneath.
The cantilevered sections that stretch over the streets on both sides of the new tower, a first for encroaching on the airspace in Vancouver’s downtown architecture, are perhaps the most visible signs that this building is leading edge. The tower is part of a $750-million, one-million-square-foot development that comprises a 24-floor office tower and a 53-floor residential tower.
It is billed as Canada’s most sustainable office tower, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) Platinum building and one of the “most environmentally friendly in North America,” according to Telus.
More than 100 solar panels line the rooftop. Elevated gardens jut out from offices, giving employees and visitors a place to gather, to watch events on big screens, and grow food in vegetable gardens.
There are less visible touches delivering even bigger impact: the district energy system that recovers waste heat from the building and Telus’s adjacent data centre to provide heating, cooling and hot water. The technology cuts energy demand by 80 per cent, compared to a building without it.
Read the full article online at the Financial Post.