THE CRAFT OF CONSTRUCTION: TELUS GARDEN
Construction of the TELUS Garden development – a million-square-foot, $750 million project in the heart of downtown Vancouver – is well under way. With a 22-storey office tower targeting LEED Platinum Standard (the first LEED Platinum office in Vancouver) and a 47-storey residential tower targeting LEED Gold, TELUS Garden will employ numerous green building strategies as well as contribute to our local economy.
At the base of the office tower, a magnificent curved glass Pavilion will create an iconic canopy along Georgia Street while capturing rainwater to offset domestic water usage. Local specialists were carefully selected to fabricate the Pavilion, which is currently being mocked up in the Burnaby shop of George Third & Son to ensure all complex parts fit perfectly together. Structurlam, a Richmond fabrication company, formed the complex Douglas fir gulam ribs using a large-scale CNC machine. The curved glass forming the sculptural Pavilion roof was created by ECHO Glass, another local expert. The final touches being tested also include a large scale graphic applied to the glass , highlighted by an array of pin-point LED dome lights.
From sustainable features to welcoming public spaces, TELUS Garden has much to offer, including investment in local craftsmanship.