TELUS opens new headquarters in Calgary

TELUS’ new state of the art headquarters, TELUS Sky, is downtown Calgary’s latest landmark, which stands 60-storeys tall and brings 750,000 square feet of office and retail space including 326 rental home.

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Built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum standards, TELUS now occupies the largest LEED Platinum footprint in North America, according to the company. The projects include TELUS Garden in Vancouver, TELUS Harbour Toronto, TELUS House Ottawa, and Place TELUS Québec. 

“Our TELUS team has an inspiring legacy of connecting Albertans to the people, resources and information that matter most to them, and today’s opening of TELUS Sky builds upon this rich history of investment and innovation,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “Our $400 million development continues our legacy of making powerful contributions to advance the economic strength and social vitality of both the city of Calgary and the province of Alberta. Indeed, over the past century, TELUS has invested $60 billion in network infrastructure, operations and technology across the province and we will invest an additional $17 billion through 2026, creating a further 8,500 family-supporting jobs. Moreover, as the transformative centrepiece of a revitalized city block, TELUS Sky sets a new standard of excellence in architectural beauty and environmental sustainability; exceeding the global standard for leadership in energy and environmental design. We are exceedingly proud that TELUS Sky will continue to build a friendly future for everyone who lives, works, and serves in the great City of Calgary.”

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Designed by architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Dialog, along with developer partner Westbank and Allied, TELUS Sky features Canada’s largest public art display integrated into the building’s façade: Northern Lights by Canadian author and artist, Douglas Coupland, which dance across the building’s exterior. 

“TELUS Sky represents a pivotal moment in Calgary’s history and we’re thrilled to be marking its official opening today, with our partners and the community,” said Ian Gillespie, Westbank Founder and CEO. “We see this building and its art installation as a symbol of Calgary’s transformation and its future, as one of Canada’s emerging Creative Economy hubs. A LEED Platinum showcase, an architectural landmark and a monumental public art installation that brings workspace and living space into Downtown Calgary, TELUS Sky will contribute to Calgary’s success economically and culturally for generations to come. We’re glad to share this with two fantastic partners.” 

TELUS Sky’s unique features include: 

  • A storm water management system that recycles rainwater for use in washroom toilets and urinals, reducing the building’s municipal water demand by 70 per cent. 
  • A thermal energy system designed to efficiently transport hot water through an underground network of insulated pipes across the city, resulting in a 30 per cent reduction in heating energy demand.
  • 100 per cent fresh air ventilation with operable windows and exterior terraces – even on office floors. 
  • Windows designed with robust envelope and triple-pane glazing to decrease solar transmission and promote greater shading within the building, contributing to a 35 per cent reduction in building energy use compared to similar size developments.
  • A living green wall in the 11-storey atrium to improve air quality and provide occupants and visitors with a connection to natural elements.
  • A direct connection to TELUS’ PureFibre network, ensuring tenants, businesses, guests, and office workers have access to the fastest most capable Internet network available in western Canada.
  • Comprehensive fitness facilities including a wellness centre with a yoga and barre room, on-site secure bicycle storage, and electric vehicle charging stations. 

“The completion of TELUS Sky is a pivotal moment in the history of Calgary,” said Mayor Jyoti Gondek. “This landmark building literally serves as a beacon of light as Calgary continues to reinvent its downtown to reflect the City’s aspirations for a dynamic, transformative and sustainable future.” 

“TELUS’ creation of a headquarters in Calgary is more great news for our downtown core,” said Minister Doug Schweitzer. “With this tower, they are contributing toward a more dynamic downtown. This investment by TELUS in our downtown is a pillar for future growth.”