VANCOUVER, March 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Law firm Bull Housser has signed on as TELUS Garden's first commercial tenant. Once the one-million square foot development is complete in 2014, the 120-year-old firm will move 250 personnel to occupy approximately 67,000 square feet of space on three full high-rise floors of the office tower being built as part of the overall development.
The 24-storey signature office tower is targeted to be Canada's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified building based on the new 2009 LEED standards. Built jointly by TELUS and Westbank, TELUS Garden will also feature a 53-storey residential tower at Robson and Richards, offering more than 420 new homes as well as a public plaza, restaurant and retail space. Each building will be approximately 500,000 square feet in space.
"Like TELUS, Bull Housser has deep roots in British Columbia and a proven track record of creatively and successfully handling major projects that are key to the province's growth," said Simon Margolis, Managing Partner, Bull Housser. "We share with TELUS an ongoing commitment to the development of our community and we are therefore delighted to join them in this exciting new development."
Bounded by Georgia, Robson, Seymour, and Richards, the development will also be home to TELUS' new national headquarters.
"TELUS would like to welcome Bull Housser to TELUS Garden. We are thrilled to have such an esteemed and innovative B.C.- based firm join us in our team's new home," said Andrea Goertz, TELUS senior vice-president, Strategic Initiatives. "TELUS Garden will revitalize an aging block of downtown Vancouver, turning it into a marvel of green innovation, leading-edge technology and beautiful architecture that will become a vibrant hub where people will want to live, work, shop and play."
Bull Housser was founded in 1890 and the firm has been located in the Royal Centre on West Georgia Street since 1973.
"The sustainability aspects, leading-edge technology, and modern design of TELUS Garden will allow us to better serve our clients by providing our team with new tools, opportunities and inspiration," added Margolis.
Bull Housser will move to their new offices in TELUS Garden in September 2014.
About Bull Housser
Bull Housser is a leading law firm with expertise in key industries within British Columbia, serving both Canadian and international clients. Established in 1890, we are one of the largest law firms in Western Canada, with a professional complement of more than 120 lawyers, patent and trade-mark agents and paralegals, and over 150 support staff. We advise Canadian and international corporations, financial institutions and emerging businesses, as well as governments and private individuals, in connection with their legal affairs in Canada and abroad. We bring to our practice a commitment to understand our clients needs and to work with them in fashioning and implementing timely and effective solutions to their commercial and legal objectives.
Some of the leaders of the Canadian legal profession have worked at Bull Housser and we have played an integral role in the development of BCs economy as well as its legal system. We treasure our heritage of progressive, independent action, and the reputation we have built while serving our clients in our community.
Our long standing dedication to excellence in client service is reflected in the quality and commitment of our people. We actively recruit talented and experienced individuals who share our values and thrive in an environment that is committed to excellence, integrity, client service and teamwork. For more information about Bull Housser please visit BHT.com.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.4 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.3 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 500,000 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 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. For more information about TELUS please visit telus.com.
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