Govan Brown: The Newest Member of the STO Family
Earlier this year, Canadian construction management firm Govan Brown joined the Structure Tone family of companies, extending our expertise across the US, UK, Ireland and Canada. Govan Brown is well known across Canada as the leading interiors construction management firm making their expertise, professionalism and client-first mentality a perfect fit with Structure Tone.
Thanks to a significant reconstruction and repositioning effort, the 17-floor, 348,000sf building now features a new glass-walled, two-story lobby with an outdoor canopy, a fitness center, a conference center, renovated office space, abundant artwork, a rooftop terrace and an elegant new restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Bruno Davaillon.
A BRIEF HISTORY
In 1994, Ralph Govan and John Brown formed Govan Brown from the ground up, literally—they started out in the basement of John’s Toronto home. But from those humble beginnings they grew quickly into a 190-person leader in interiors construction. By 2004, Jon Taylor had joined the firm as its third senior partner and expanded their market reach by adding offices in Ottawa and Calgary, and eventually into Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
RBC Dexia (2008): At 830,000sf, this interior fit-out project was the largest in Toronto’s history and cemented Govan Brown’s reputation as the leading interiors construction management firm in Canada.
Holt Renfrew (2009+): During the economic downturn of 2007 to 2009 when corporate office work was slow, Govan Brown took to the retail sector. They led the construction of several projects for Holt Renfew in Toronto and Calgary, which led to several more retail projects for Nordstrom and Simons. Their knack for retail construction then caught fire, leading to work with major retailers across the country.
MEG Energy (2015): While in the midst of falling oil prices, Govan Brown worked in a design/build approach to help MEG Energy save money and prepare for the future in their 140,000sf Calgary office, marking Govan Brown’s largest project in the city.
Rogers Sharespace (2015): As one of Canada’s largest media companies, Rogers is known to push the envelope. Starting with their 1 M sf campus in Brampton, Ontario, the firm was an early adopter of the open, collaborative workspace, creating a model for their workspaces across the country.
Office Locations: Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg
Specialties: Interior construction for office, retail and hospitality markets, BIM, national real estate program implementation, sustainability, workplace wellness