Earlier this month TELUS announced plans to build a 58-storey, mixed use tower on the 7th avenue block of Downtown Calgary.
The building will be created by internationally-renowned architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Dialog, along with partners: developer Westbank and real estate investment trust Allied Properties.
The building will be approximately 20 meters shorter than the Bow building and plans to be a LEED Platinum certified development.
The 750,000 square foot tower is said to include 430,000 square feet of office space (the first 26 floors), and 36 floors of residential space. In addition the building will house a 5,500 square foot public art gallery.
TELUS Sky will be TELUS’ 5th building to go after LEED certification, making the company the largest current lease holder of LEED Platinum space in North America.
Other projects include:
• TELUS Garden, which is currently under construction in downtown Vancouver (LEED Platinum);
• TELUS House Toronto (LEED Gold certification in Core and Shell and LEED Platinum in Building Operations & Maintenance);
• TELUS House Ottawa (LEED Gold)
To comply to the LEED certification standards the building will have to adhere to a number of environmental amelioration characteristics.
A storm water management system will be built to recycle rain water for use in washroom toilettes as well as for outdoor irrigation.
This alone will reduce energy consumption substantially relative to other similar development projects.
Additional plans are underway to improve energy efficiency. Ultimately the goal is an 80% reduction in energy use compared to similar properties.
Among goals to contribute to Calgary’s economy, providing approximately 250 jobs throughout its construction, as well as invigorate Calgary’s Downtown core with a building inspiring leading-edge design and mix-use space, Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO shares his intention that,
“TELUS Sky will enrich the city’s vibrant arts culture by offering inspiring public spaces that will exhibit works of art by local artists, thus creating a truly amazing destination for our team members, the community and indeed all Albertans.”
This seems appropriate, being that the site in which the building will be constructed encompasses the current home of Art Central, an independent amalgamation of galleries, studios and cafes.
The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017.
The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is an international firm based in Copenhagen and New York.
The firm is comprised of architects, designers, thinkers and builders and is currently involved with builds in throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.
More about the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) courtesy of their website:
“Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious.
“Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects granted the 8 House its Honor Award, calling it “a complex and exemplary project of a new typology.”
Sources: TELUS Media Release 07/04/2013, Calgary Herald, Telus announces plans for 58-storey tower in downtown Calgary, Mario Toneguzzi,