It is no secret that the City of Vancouver and other cities in the Lower Mainland are moving towards sustainable building more and more as we move into the future. There are the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system buildings and structures are striving to adopt as we continue towards green building.
In the heart of downtown Vancouver, I’m sure you’ve seen it or heard about it in the news if you live in the area; one of the more popular developments continues to move closer to completion, which is striving towards the coveted LEED Platinum designation for their commercial building.
The TELUS Garden development on the corner of Robson and Seymour, will boast the communication giants’ new Western Canadian headquarters, as well as a 53-story residential featuring all the amenities, technological and otherwise, one might wish to have in a state-of-the-art condo in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The residential side of the development is reaching for LEED Gold designation, making TELUS Garden not only one of the most stunning buildings downtown, but also one of the most environmentally conscious.
The Gardens used Shotcrete on the project, as well as Kryton’s Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM) as the concrete waterproofing solution. In projects where Shotcrete is used as the concrete application method a surface applied membrane is far too risky and time consuming to use. Shotcrete velocity could puncture the membrane and installation takes valuable time from a project schedule.
Fortunately, KIM eradicates both issues by being added straight to the Shotcrete, making concrete the waterproof barrier. KIM also kept the project on the mark with their LEED goals, something an external membrane would not have done.
The commercial side of things should be ready for this fall, while the rest of the construction could be move-in ready by the beginning of 2015.
For more on the project, check out the Kryton TELUS Garden case study.