Telus to build 58-storey tower in downtown Calgary

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If you haven’t heard by now, Telus is planning to build a $400-million, 58-storey, 750,000-square-foot tower in Calgary.

The structure, named Telus Sky, will be erected on the current site of the Art Central building at 100 7th Ave. S.W. Telus says the building will transform “the entire 7th Avenue block into one of the most technologically innovative and environmentally-friendly sites in North America.”

Telus president and CEO Darren Entwistle said the tower will inject millions of dollars into the community and create hundreds of jobs.

“Moreover, Telus Sky will enrich the city’s vibrant arts culture by offering inspiring public spaces that will exhibit works of art by local artists, thus creating a truly amazing destination for our team members, the community and indeed all Albertans,” Entwistle said.

The intel

  • Architects: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Dialog
  • Developers: Westbank and Allied Properties
  • Occupancy: The mixed-use tower will have 15,000 square feet of retail space, primarily on the second floor; 430,000 square feet of office space spread over the first 26 floors; and 341 residential units in the top 32 floors
  • Primary tenant: 155,000 square feet of the office space will be for Telus
  • Art: 5,500-square-foot public gallery
  • Green building features: LEED Platinum status. Will feature a storm water management system to recycle rain water for washroom toilets and outdoor irrigation, reducing water use by millions of litres per year. The tower will use 35 per cent less energy than similar size developments, but there’s hope that number can be bumped up to 80 per cent down the road.

The images

Telus Sky Calgary Tower

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