March 9, 2011 / 8:56 PM / 7 years ago

New Telus HQ includes rooftop vegetable garden

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Telus Corp unveiled plans for a new C$750 million ($773 million) headquarters on Wednesday that will also put the Canadian telecoms company in the organic vegetable business.

The company said its “Telus Garden” complex in downtown Vancouver will include environmentally friendly office and residential towers -- and 10,000 square feet of rooftop that will be used to grow produce for local restaurants.

Vancouver, which enjoys a mild climate on Canada’s Pacific Coast, promotes itself as one North America’s most environmentally friendly cities. Its new convention center is topped by a six-acre “living roof” of plants and grasses that have to be mowed from time to time.

Telus, Canada’s second largest phone company, expects to have its new headquarters completed in 2015.

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Reporting Allan Dowd; editing by Rob Wilson

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