Telus House -
William Farrell Building
House was conceived to revitalize an existing tired old structure
and created a powerful corporate presence for the company in
Vancouver. This included extensive
interior and exterior renovations of approximately 130,000 square
feet of office and equipment space. Rather than demolish the
existing 9-storey tower, it was decided to upgrade the building
seismically and recycle it into offices, which saved landfill and
energy, and also established the telecommunications company as a
leader in environmental sustainability. The exterior revitalization
was realized by an open, layered and sophisticated new ‘skin’
enveloping the old building shell.
double skin on the exterior acts as a greenhouse in the winter and
natural ventilating chimney in summer thus reducing the cooling and
heating loads. Fritted ceramic glazing was designed to shade the
interior from solar gain; operable windows for user friendly
operation; interior light shelves to bounce natural light deeper
into plan. The
second skin created the first double-wall/triple-skinned green
building solution in Canada while adhering to
TELUS’ green mandate.
new raised access floor allows for flexibility and to allow user
control over their environment, while the existing thermal concrete
mass is used to moderate the thermal environment. Photo-voltaic
fans, powered directly by solar gain assist the natural ventilation
at top of greenhouse. Most importantly, the building reuses waste
heat from the existing refrigeration plant and is thus heat
Palmier was Senior Architect and leading a team of 4 architects on
the project responsible for all duties from design, permitting,
construction and client communications.
project was completed by and while working at Busby + Associates
from 1997 to 2000.
Engineers: RJC – Mechanical Engineers: KEEN – Code Consultant:
Pioneer – Contractor: Dominion.
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