Today, Mayor Gregor Robertson attended the opening of TELUS Garden, the first LEED-Platinum office tower in Canada. The cutting-edge office tower is part of a $750 million development partnership between TELUS and Westbank, which also includes a new downtown residential building, numerous storefronts, and the new flagship restaurant from Glowbal Group.
“The TELUS Garden project marks an important milestone for the future of Vancouver’s economy, and it will play a decisive role in our city’s growth” said Mayor Robertson. “It is projects like this that take our city’s economy – and our innovative character – to entirely new heights. TELUS Garden is an exciting example of the rapid job growth, innovation, and investment we’re seeing in Vancouver.”
The new project is one of the most environmentally and technologically advanced office buildings anywhere in the world, representing the kind of excellence in green building standards that will help Vancouver meet the goals of our Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.
TELUS Garden will also have a significant impact on job creation and innovation in Vancouver, as the project will be home to 1,000 TELUS employees, and 2,500 jobs overall. TELUS itself is Vancouver’s largest private-sector employer.
This project is one factor that has helped Vancouver reach record-setting growth in the development of new office space in recent years. Building permit values for the first half of 2015 exceeded record levels for the same period last year, with an almost 20% increase in the construction and development dollars being invested in Vancouver. As of July 1, 2015, the City of Vancouver had issued $1.34 billion in building permits for this year alone.