TELUS building reaches for the Sky

$400-million, 750,000 square foot LEED Platinum project to transform Calgary's 
skyline with an architectural marvel, creating a dynamic community of blended 
urban living and working 
CALGARY, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS is reaching for the sky with a new 
architectural landmark in Calgary's downtown core, transforming the entire 7th 
Avenue block into one of the most technologically innovative and 
environmentally-friendly sites in North America. 
"The TELUS team is tremendously proud of our longstanding history in Alberta 
and thrilled to announce the development of TELUS Sky, which will stand as a 
lasting symbol of our passionate commitment to the Calgary community, our 
customers, our team members and to the province of Alberta," said Darren 
Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. "Our new development is a powerful 
contribution to Calgary's economic strength, culture and social vitality. 
Notably, TELUS Sky will inject millions of dollars into the community and 
create hundreds of local jobs while showcasing TELUS' advanced communications 
technologies and environmental innovation in a way never before seen in 
Calgary. Moreover, TELUS Sky will enrich the city's vibrant arts culture by 
offering inspiring public spaces that will exhibit works of art by local 
artists, thus creating a truly amazing destination for our team members, the 
community and indeed all Albertans." 
TELUS Sky will be a LEED Platinum signature development for TELUS created by 
world-renowned architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Dialog, along with 
partners: developer Westbank and real estate investment trust Allied 
Properties. The 750,000 square foot vibrant mixed-use tower will incorporate 
office, retail and residential space. There will be 430,000 square feet of 
office space, of which 155,000 square feet will be for TELUS. The development, 
scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017, will provide approximately 250 
jobs for Calgarians, and engage local trades and companies to complete our 
vision. 
TELUS will be the anchor tenant of the office component of the development, 
which will also include 341 residential rental units, thereby creating a 
dynamic community with a unique blend of urban living and working. TELUS Sky 
will also support Calgary's burgeoning arts culture, fusing iconic 
architecture, technological innovation and artistic expression. TELUS Sky will 
feature a unique 5,500 square feet public gallery to ensure the city's 
commitment to the arts in downtown Calgary continues. TELUS Sky will be a 
destination for citizens to visit and experience local works of art that 
reflect the region's cultural diversity and creativity. 
"We know Calgarians want their downtown core to thrive - the recent floods 
showed us just how much the area matters to this city," said Alberta Premier 
Alison Redford. "That's why I'm so pleased that TELUS is making this important 
investment. Today's announcement is a reminder to all Calgarians that they 
live in a truly world-class city that is getting better by the day." 
With the addition of TELUS Sky, TELUS has become the largest current lease 
holder of LEED Platinum space in North America. Following the highest 
environmental standards, TELUS Sky will be the most significant 
next-generation property in Calgary's history. TELUS Sky will also feature a 
storm water management system to recycle rain water for washroom toilets and 
outdoor irrigation, reducing water use by millions of litres per year. When 
complete, TELUS Sky will use 35 per cent less energy than similar size 
developments, setting a leading example in sustainability. Plans are underway 
to improve upon that energy efficiency, with the goal to have the final 
development use 80 per cent less energy than similar developments. 
"Building on the success of TELUS Garden in Vancouver, we are proud to be 
continuing in our commitment to sustainability with the launch of TELUS Sky," 
said Ian Gillespie, CEO of Westbank."Developing a LEED Platinum building 
means taking a look at every aspect of design and having ownership that is 
committed to working harder to integrate those elements. With TELUS and 
Allied, we have assembled that team and we look forward to working to ensure 
that TELUS Sky exceeds the LEED Platinum requirements, including a whole block 
energy sharing centre. Most importantly, we look forward to using every 
opportunity we have to create a beautiful building for Calgary." 
TELUS Sky is building upon our track record of developing LEED Platinum and 
Gold buildings across Canada, joining: 


    --  TELUS Garden, which is currently under construction in downtown
        Vancouver (LEED Platinum);
    --  TELUS House Toronto (LEED Gold certification in Core and Shell
        and LEED Platinum in Building Operations & Maintenance);
    --  TELUS House Ottawa (LEED Gold); and
    --  Place TELUS Québec in Quebec City (LEED Silver for retrofitted
        buildings).

TELUS is investing $700 million in new infrastructure and facilities across 
Alberta this year. This investment is part of a three-year, $2 billion 
commitment made a year ago and building upon the $26 billion TELUS has already 
invested in operations and technology throughout the province since 2000. 
TELUS is investing $125 million in new infrastructure and facilities in 
Calgary in 2013. By the end of this year, TELUS will have invested $745 
million in new technology and infrastructure in Calgary and area since 2009. 
This investment announced today is consistent with TELUS' overall capital 
expenditure target for 2013.

This year, TELUS' infrastructure investment will advance our services for the 
benefit of Albertans, by connecting hundreds of new homes and businesses 
directly to fibre optic cable to radically increase internet speeds and 
capacity and power Optik TV; expanding the reach of TELUS' healthcare 
solutions (TELUS now provides electronic medical records to 9,000 Canadian 
physicians across the country, supporting more than 25 million patient 
interactions each year); installing dozens of new wireless sites enhancing 
coverage in urban areas to increase wireless data capacity, and dozens more 
extending coverage to rural communities and highway corridors; and further 
extending Optik TV service to reach nearly 90 per cent of Alberta households 
by the end of 2013. TELUS currently has 712,000 TV customers.

Since 2000, the TELUS family of more than 14,000 employees and retirees in 
Alberta alongside the company have donated more than $95 million and, more 
importantly, volunteered 1.4 million hours to community and charitable 
organizations. More than $33 million and 435,000 volunteer hours have been 
contributed since 2000 to charitable and community organizations in Calgary.

TELUS is also funding a series of important Alberta flood recovery projects 
that will make a lasting and meaningful impact to citizens hit hardest by this 
disaster. These projects include providing camping gear for the High River 
Scouts, so more than 50 youth, who lost their equipment in the flood, can 
attend the Canadian Scout Jamboree this year at Sylvan Lake, Alberta; ensuring 
the Bridgeland Crisis Nursery is able to open their doors to families 
requiring care of their children while coping with the aftermath of the 
devastating flood; and helping Inn from the Cold provide temporary housing, 
food and clothing for families displaced from their homes.

TELUS will provide a further $250,000 through our TELUS Calgary Community 
Board and TELUS Community Action Teams in Alberta for local flood recovery 
efforts, bringing our total contribution thus far to $2 million. Chaired by 
Ken King, the Board has directed more than $4.5 million dollars to almost 300 
local grassroots initiatives since its inception.

About TELUS 
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in 
Canada, with $11 billion of annual revenue and 13.2million customer 
connections, including 7.7million wireless subscribers, 3.4million 
wireline network access lines, 1.4million Internet subscribers and 712,000 
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 $300million to charitable and 
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8million hours of service to 
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards 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.

About Westbank
Established in 1992 and with over $5 billion of projects completed or under 
development, Westbank is active across Canada in a diversity of product types 
from luxury condominiums, rental apartment office, commercial, retail, hotel, 
non-market housing and industrial. Westbank's primary focus is on large mixed 
use projects involving highly complex entitlement processes. Westbank is best 
known for being the leading luxury residential developer in Canada, along with 
being the owner/developer of the finest hotels in Canada. Some of its best 
known projects include Shangri-la Vancouver, Shangri-la Toronto, Fairmont 
Pacific Rim and the Woodward's Redevelopment project.

About Allied
Allied Properties REIT is a leading owner, manager and developer of urban 
office environments that enrich experience and enhance profitability for 
business tenants operating in Canada's major cities. Its objectives are to 
provide stable and growing cash distributions to unitholders and to maximize 
unitholder value through effective management and accretive portfolio growth.

About Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
BIG is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers, 
builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, 
research and development. Internationally award-winning architect, Bjarke 
Ingels, is the lead designer for TELUS Sky. Ingel's energetic and leading-edge 
designs continue to re-invigorate city skylines around the globe, from 
Shanghai to New York. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal named him 'Innovator of 
the Year' for architecture and lauded him as one of the design world's rising 
stars.

About Dialog
Dialog is a fully integrated architectural, engineering, interior design, 
urban design and planning firm. We will be working alongside Dialog 
architects, Bruce Haden, Robert Jim and Doug Cinnamon who are renowned for 
revitalizing abandoned urban neighbourhoods and their commitment to 
sustainability.

Forward looking statement:
This news release contains statements about expected future events of TELUS 
that are forward-looking. By their nature, forward-looking statements require 
the Company to make assumptions and predictions and are subject to inherent 
risks and uncertainties. There is significant risk that the forward-looking 
statements will not prove to be accurate. Readers are cautioned not to place 
undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of factors could 
cause actual future events to differ materially from that expressed in the 
forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, TELUS disclaims any 
intention or obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

Chris Gerritsen TELUS Media Relations (403) 808-9591 chris.gerritsen@telus.com

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