It couldn't have been better timing, what with all the cold, wet weather Toronto has been having this season. Hunter Boots has opened their first flagship location in North American at Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Govan Brown was not only there to show our support, but we were there right from the beginning. The British import opened its third global location on November 10th. The 2,800 square foot store boasts more than just rain boots; they also carry bags and plenty of outerwear. The vibrant store was designed by Hunter's in-house design team led by Stella McCartney's Creative Director husband, Alasdhair Willis. To read more about Hunter Boots new store, click here.
Govan Brown recently won an Excellence in Quality Gold Award at the 27th annual AWMAC BC Awards in September. Govan Brown's Director of Operations, Cody Brown and Director of Business Development, Glen Chu (pictured top left) were on hand to accept the award in the Small Commercial Project Awards category for completing the 25,000 square foot renovation project for Electronic Arts on their 12 acre campus in Burnaby, BC. This win is a tremendous accomplishment for Govan Brown and especially for our team in Vancouver. To view the case study, click here.
Govan Brown has partnered with Architect firm Kasian on several projects and on October 4th, they were the proud recipient of a MASI Interior Design Award at the MASI Design Awards. Out of 52 entries, Kasian won for an award for all the entries they submitted (3 in total), which included the Shaw Barlow Office project we completed this past summer. The award given was for Design Excellence under the catergory of Office Under $80/foot, which received Gold. Congratulations to Kasian on this wonderful achievement and to the Govan Brown team who worked tirelessly to complete this project to the Client's standards.
Uniqlo launched its first store in Vancouver's Metrotown on Friday, October 6 and Govan Brown was in attendance to help reveal what we've spent the last year building. The highly anticipated store opened its doors to reveal a 20,000 square foot clothing haven spread over 2 floors. Uniqlo has slowly migrated into major Canadian cities having opened up 3 so far. In addition to the Burnaby location, 2 additional one's have opened in Toronto - the Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre. With its simple take on their brand, Uniqlo has grown exponentially since 1984, with over 1300 stores located in 15 countries. Uniqlo - comes from the words 'unique' and 'clothing.' To view the press release, click here.
The greatest show on planet earth happened on Thursday, August 24th, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. Govan Brown made cor-porate history by hosting an event, unlike any other. Cureapalooza was borne from the idea to raise money for charity but with a completely different attitude. We tinkered with a few concept names, boobaroo, boobstock, boobapalooza, forsheaga ... but eventually, we agreed upon Cureapalooza, mainly because we were able to alternate the different charity organizations we wanted to be in receipt of our efforts. This year, we partnered with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation/Canadian Cancer Society and donated $50,000 towards their causes and we really couldn’t have done it without the help of our staff who made this event happen by organizing the event, and buying and selling tickets. This year, we had local Toronto bands the Arkells headline, with the Birds of Bellwoods as the opening act. Cureapalooza was officially trademarked by Govan Brown as we anticipate this event being a yearly initiative. Over 650 concert goers were treated to a live and intimate performance by the Juno award winning band and the Birds of Bellwoods have already asked if they could participate in next year’s event! All of the feedback we received from fans, the venue and clients/trades were all positive even noting that this was the best Arkells concert they had been to. Kudos to the Internal Marketing Committee (Spencer Bowers, Tyler Brown, Mackenzie & Katrina Herd, Sarah Paul, Rose Rencius, Ryan Thomson, and Sophia Yilmaz) for putting on such a great show and Mackenzie Herd for organizing the event (Mack celebrated his birthday on the same day and was serenaded with a happy birthday song from the Arkells). And to Joe Kirk who takes chances and dreams big.
We have some very exciting news to share. Govan Brown has joined the Structure Tone family of companies. We’ve spent the last 25 years working hard to become the top interiors contractor in Canada. We wanted to ensure the next 25 years would be just as successful, and what better way to do that than to partner with a firm that is extremely similar to ours and shares our values and client-focused approach. Structure Tone is not only a leader in commercial interiors across the US, UK and Ireland, but their organization does so much more. Rest assured this change will not affect the way we work with you—we are retaining our Company name, our People and our current Leadership, and our Client-first approach. But we do expect that this enhanced expertise and reach will bring more value and opportunities to our Clients and Industry Partners as we draw from our wider geographic footprint and network of experts and resources. Another exciting outcome of the merger will be the ability of many our team members to become shareholders in the business – further enhancing their engagement and building on our commitment to be the top employer in our market. To view the official press release, click here.
Govan Brown has embraced the use of technology to help organize our projects since the technology industry started providing construction software to its end users like us. The implementation of programs like PlanGrid, CMiC, and DocuSign have made it easier for us and our clients to organize the steady flow and exchange of information. Check out this news release on the use of PlanGrid and how it has impacted Govan Brown and the services we are able to provide. Click here to read more.
Govan Brown has been supporting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for over 10 years and this year we have decided to forego our usual fundraiser to bring our partners something completely different. On August 24, 2017, Govan Brown will be hosting CUREAPALOOZA, a charity concert in support of the Canadian Cancer Society at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. The show will feature performances by the a Juno-Award Winning Band and a local up-and-coming folk band BIRDS OF BELLWOODS. Tickets are only a $100 dollars and with that you receive admission and a free concert tee shirt. All proceeds will be going to charity. To purchase tickets follow this link: http://bit.ly/2oU94vJ. Sponsorship packages are also still available, so if you’re interested in getting your company’s name out there, please contact Mackenzie Herd at email@example.com.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Govan Brown has named a new Director of Operations for their Vancouver office effective Monday, June 26. Cody Brown will occupy the directorial role for the Construction Management firm in the British Columbia market and together with Joseph Kirk, Govan Brown’s Senior Vice President of the Govan Brown Group, will lead their Vancouver operations. With over 12 years of industry experience, Cody is a native of Vancouver who spent the previous 5 years as a key member of Govan Brown’s Calgary team, most recently in the role of Senior Project Manager. In his time with Govan Brown, Cody has helmed some of the firm’s most critical projects in Canada’s Western Market.
Govan Brown was founded in 1994 and is one of Canada's national leading providers of interiors and renovations services for the corporate, retail and hospitality markets. With a wide variety of construction solutions and services, Govan Brown has become a preferred contractor for some of North America's largest companies. The firm is headquartered in Toronto and has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Winnipeg. Govan Brown is proudly recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies' Platinum Club Member. The company is owned by Jon Taylor, Ralph Govan and John Brown and completes approximately $350+ million a year in construction projects across Canada.