Six local companies win major contracts for TELUS Garden office tower construction
Vancouver, B.C. – Six B.C. companies have been awarded tenders for approximately two-thirds of the work required to build the TELUS Garden office tower after competitive bid processes. All the work tendered to date has gone to firms based in British Columbia.
TELUS Garden will create more than 500 construction jobs in Vancouver during development. The office tower excavation is underway and the building is scheduled for final occupancy in June of 2014, while site preparation for the residential tower is set to begin later this month, with final occupancy scheduled for May of 2015.
“Although these contracts are tendered after a competitive bid process, we prefer to work with local companies whenever possible as it supports Vancouver’s economy and improves onsite coordination during construction,” said Andrea Goertz, TELUS senior vice-president, Strategic Initiatives. “B.C. is home to an impressive pool of construction expertise and we were extremely happy with the exceptional quality of the bids we received.”
The successful bidders to date include:
Joe Buccella of Lisi Mechanical, which has been awarded the contract for mechanical work on the project, said his firm will employ 50 – 60 people directly and create numerous indirect jobs with suppliers.
“It's a great boost to the local economy when a project of this magnitude can be built using predominantly local companies,” Buccella said.
"We are very pleased that the TELUS Garden project has received such tremendous support from the local construction industry,” said Ian Gillespie, Westbank president. “Westbank has always been deeply committed to fostering the growth of local companies, and we are thrilled to partner with so many reputable B.C. companies in bringing TELUS Garden to the market."
TELUS and Westbank will put the remaining tenders for construction of the office tower, including structural steel, metal fabrication, and landscaping, out for competitive bid this summer. Tenders for the residential tower are currently in progress.
The $750 million, one million square foot development in the heart of Downtown Vancouver will incorporate a LEED Platinum 24-storey signature office tower, the first of its kind in Canada, a LEED Gold 53-storey residential tower with more than 425 green homes, and retail space along Robson and Georgia. When completed, TELUS Garden will use at least 30 per cent less energy than a standard development of its size through the use of innovative technologies and practices. It will transfer excess heat from one building to another as needed, use solar panels to power some infrastructure, and capture rainwater for toilets and garden irrigation. Located adjacent to SkyTrain, there will be facilities for bicycles and charging stations for electric cars.
Since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $26 billion in B.C. across technology and operations. Already the province’s largest private sector employer, TELUS is hiring more than 1,300 British Columbians this year and investing $3 billion across B.C. over the next three years on infrastructure and facilities to further enhance access to what are already amongst the most advanced wireline and wireless broadband networks anywhere in the world. Since 2000, TELUS, its team members, retirees, and three B.C.-based TELUS Community Boards have contributed more than $100 million and 2.4 million volunteer hours to over 1,000 charitable and community organizations across the province. TELUS has 25,000 team members and retirees in the province, and is also Metro Vancouver’s largest private sector employer.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.5 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 550,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS Community Boards in British Columbia include Vancouver, Victoria and the Thompson-Okanagan. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
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Established in 1992 and with over $12 billion of projects completed or under development, Westbank is active across Canada in a diversity of product types from luxury condominiums, rental apartment office, commercial, retail, hotel, non-market housing and industrial. Westbank’s primary focus is on large mixed use projects involving highly complex entitlement processes. Westbank is best known for being the leading luxury residential developer in Canada, along with being the owner/developer of the finest hotels in Canada. Some of its best known projects include Shangri-la Vancouver, Shangri-la Toronto, Fairmont Pacific Rim and the Woodward’s Redevelopment project.
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