Glulam shines in Vancouver’s first LEED Platinum office tower

Vancouver’s first LEED Platinum office tower, TELUS Garden office, boasts some ambitious sustainability goals.

The $750 million mixed-use development comprises a 22-storey office tower and a 47-storey residential tower. It will create 500,000 square feet of Class AAA office space as the first major office space to be built in downtown Vancouver since 2007.

Environmental features include an innovative district energy system (DES) with a central plant linking both towers, heat recovery from the data centre, radiant heating and cooling, demand-driven ventilation and LED lighting.

The office tower façade optimise sunlight—the south elevation has deep aluminum horizontal sun shades; the east and west have vertical glass sunshades; and the north has floor to ceiling glass to capture the views.

Dramatic 250-foot sculptural glulam beams define the expansive public plaza and pavilion along Georgia Street.


“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, said.

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.


TYPE: Commercial
YEAR: 2015
PHOTOS: Ed White Photographics