Three of the residential elevators at the Telus Sky building in Calgary are the fastest in Western Canada, moving at 1,600 feet per minute (fpm). TK Elevator Canada completed the installation of a total of 17 elevators in December 2020.
At 729 feet tall, Telus Sky is the third tallest building in Calgary and is one the 20 tallest buildings in Canada.
“While many people associate tall buildings in Canada with Toronto, there has been a significant increase in high-rise buildings throughout Western Canada as urbanization demands are inspiring developers to create the vertical cities of tomorrow in places like Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary,” says Blaine Coupal, president and CEO, TK Elevator Canada. “Calgary is a very special area for us, and we are truly grateful that our state-of-the-art elevator systems are helping safely transport so many people to heights previously thought unimaginable in the region.”
Developed by Telus Corporation and 7th Avenue Sky Partnership, the building was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and Dialog. Construction began in February 2015. In addition to the office and residential spaces, Telus Sky features a dynamic LED display on the building’s northern and southern facades known as Northern Lights, the largest public art fixture in Canada.
7th Avenue Sky Partnership is also pursuing LEED Platinum certification for Telus Sky, which would make the facility the most environmentally sustainable building in Canada over 650 feet in height.
TK Elevator Canada is involved in many of the top high-rise commercial buildings and residential towers in Calgary, including Brookfield Place East, the tallest building in Calgary at 810 feet tall. TK Elevator is also responsible for the elevator systems for the West Village Towers A and B, which will help comprise Calgary’s tallest multi-residential mixed-use development at more than 42 floors each.
The fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere are located at One World Trade Center in New York City. TK Elevator designed and supplied the elevators at One World Trade Center, which can travel at speeds up to 2,000 fpm.