TELUS Garden revolutionizes the Vancouver skyline with two new towers in the heart of downtown. This $750 million redevelopment project involves the design and construction of a new 44-story residential tower and a 22-story office tower. The 450,000 sq. ft. office tower was completed in September 2015 and is the first LEED Platinum office building in Vancouver. It houses the company’s new headquarters as well as other offices, a restaurant and a public plaza, while the 435,000 sq. ft. residential building will include market housing, retail units and underground parking.
Integral Group provided mechanical, electrical, energy modeling and LEED consulting engineering services to guide this project towards achieving its sustainable goals. With Integral Group’s team approach the target was set at 35% below ASHRAE 90.1 2007 energy efficiency requirement (or base case). Through the integrated design approach the design and energy model came in at 3,296,171 kW hrs/yr and 43% below the energy efficiency standard.
At the most fundamental level, Telus Garden is a Smart Building that delivers useful building services—such as illumination, thermal comfort, and air quality— for its 2000 occupants to be productive and comfortable at the lowest cost and environmental impact over the life cycle of the building. Reaching this vision requires adding intelligence from the beginning of building’s design through to the end of the building’s useful life. To do this, Integral Group designed TELUS Garden to use information technology during operation to connect a variety of subsystems, which typically operate independently, so that these systems can share information to optimize total building performance.
This civic icon of sustainability features a central plant with high efficiency heat pumps and waste heat recovery from the TELUS Data Centre, radiant heating and cooling, demand-controlled ventilation and LED lighting. With over 10,000 sq. ft. of green roofs including two elevated roof forests, TELUS Garden is a stunning and true representation of British Columbia.