Originally posted by TELUS on February 3, 2012.

TELUS will invest $3 billion in advanced technology and state-of-the-art facilities in British Columbia over the next three years, including the construction of TELUS Garden in Vancouver.

Designed by Henriquez Partners Architects, the complex will transform an aging downtown block into one of the most technologically and environmentally advanced mixed-use developments in North America. A system will transfer excess heat between the LEED Gold certified residential tower and the LEED Platinum certified office tower, there will be solar power panels, and rainwater collection for toilets and irrigation. The construction of TELUS Garden will create about 500 jobs.

TELUS will also expand its broadband networks across the province, delivering the world’s fastest wireless technology to almost 90 percent of British Columbians by the end of the year. This, along with the expansion of the company’s Optik TV network, will add an additional 1,300 jobs in the province. The telecommunications company will also invest in schools, remote and geographically challenging communities, and First Nation Communities.

“The economic backbone of our province relies on investment and innovation. TELUS’s $3 billion investment over the next three years will support significant economic and community development in every region of British Columbia,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “As important as our infrastructure investments are to our success, our commitment to local communities is near and dear to our hearts. TELUS believes deeply in the symbiotic relationship between the success of business and the welfare of our communities,” continued Mr. Entwistle. “We embrace a simple philosophy—we give where we live—and we take great pride in the social outcomes we are helping to realize.”

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