Via: The Calgary Sun
Calgary’s skyline is growing up.
On Thursday, Telus announced its plans to construct a $400-million, 58-storey tower on the corner of 7 Ave. and Centre St.
Telus Sky, scheduled for completion in 2017, will be a mixed-use development, with office, retail and residential space.
“We are super excited to announce a new next generation tower that will undoubtedly transform Calgary’s skyline with one of the most beautiful and avant-garde architectural structures in the entire world,” said Telus president and CEO Darren Entwistle.
Included in the 750,000 sq.-ft. building will be 430,000 sq.-ft. of office space, with the telecommunications giant occupying 155,000 sq.-ft. of that.
There will also be 341 residential rental units and, with the building overtaking Art Central’s current location, it will include 5,500 sq.-ft. of public gallery space.
The tower will be built to LEED Platinum standards and once complete, is expected to use 80% less energy than some similar-sized developments, said Entwistle.
Sky will be 221 metres tall, shy of Calgary’s tallest tower, The Bow at 236 metres.
The building was designed by Copenhagen and New York-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Dialog, along with their partners: Developer Westbank and real estate investment trust Allied Properties.
It will incorporate gargyoles from the old Herald building.
Architect Bjarke Ingels said the building’s mixed use dynamic is intended to help Calgary grow the energy in its downtown core.
“I think a lot of North American cities have suffered from the downtown becoming a corporate core where people only work and then they go home to the suburbs,” he said.
“As a result you get empty streets in the evenings and sleepy suburbs during the day and what the Telus Sky is doing is trying to provide a balanced program ... that gives you a much more 24/7 lively city.”
Ingels is hoping the tower will becoming a defining piece for the city.
“Calgary has so many very strong identity-defining elements, but they’re probably more in the landscapes and the culture of the city than they are in the architecture of the city,” he said,
“I think Calgary is maybe at a time right now where the very prosperous economy lends itself to a moment where Calgary can better define what kind of a city it is and wants to be.”
The development is expected to create 250 jobs for Calgarians.
On Thursday, Telus also announced another $250,000 through its Calgary Community Board and Community Action Teams in Alberta for local flood recovery efforts, bringing its total contribution so far to $2 million.