That’s right! Shangri-la is about to get some company at the peak of Vancouver’s skyline with a new multi-use development by Telus.

And it comes with a $3 billion dollar investment from Telus over the next three years that’s slated to add 1,300 new jobs to the city.

The two-tower project features a 2-storey office tower and a 46-storey residential tower in downtown Vancouver that will use 30% less energy than buildings of equal size.

Telus says the $750 million residential development, Telus Garden, by Peterson Group and Westbank, will be an uber-green design, and include a system to transfer excess heat between the two buildings, solar power panels, and rainwater collection for toilets and garden irrigation.

But it’s not just the environmental features that have people talking. There’s also some cool gadgets involved (it is a telecommunications company, after all). The buildings will host a 3,000 square foot retractable projection screen located between the 14th and 17th floors of the office building, a 400 square foot LED screen between floors two and four and two 1,250 square feet LED screens at the corner of Robson and Seymour streets.

A rezoning report notes that the biggest screen will need further hearings and bylaw amendments, and no third-party advertising would be allowed until staff can review the bylaws.

The new office and residential complex is expected to be completed by 2014. Are you stoked for the project? Tell us what you think!

For more info about Telus Garden call 604 695 6800, email info@telusgarden.com, or visit their website.

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