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Canadian Construction Management Firm Govan Brown Joins the Structure Tone Organization - STO Building Group
The move expands STO Building Group's footprint into Canada. Canadian construction management firm Govan Brown joins the STO Building Group.
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Canadian Construction Management Firm Govan Brown Joins the Structure Tone Organization

The move expands Structure Tone’s footprint into Canada

Today Structure Tone and Govan Brown announced that the Canadian construction management firm will join the Structure Tone family of companies, expanding Structure Tone’s geographic reach into Canada.

“Structure Tone and Govan Brown have tremendous synergies and perfectly complement each other’s businesses and client rosters,” says Structure Tone CEO Robert Mullen. “We have been working together for over 10 years and determined that by joining forces, we’re better able to serve our clients by leveraging each other’s strengths, geographies and resources.”

Founded in 1994 in Toronto, Govan Brown is one of Canada’s national leading providers of interiors and renovation services for the corporate, retail and hospitality markets. The company’s impressive portfolio includes such notable projects as Nordstrom in Ottawa and Toronto, MEG Energy in Calgary, Loyalty One in Toronto, CIBC Wood Gundy in Ottawa, Electronic Arts in Vancouver, Simons in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, and the implementation of Rogers Communications’ “sharespace” offices across Canada. The 200-person firm is headquartered in Toronto and has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa, with a joint venture office in Montreal.

“Govan Brown has spent the last 25 years becoming the top interiors contractor in Canada with an incredible body of work and company culture,” says John Brown, Govan Brown partner. “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 processes, values and client-focused approach. The move also exposes our staff to the resources, career opportunities and other benefits of being part of a larger organization.”

The deal follows Structure Tone’s shift earlier this year to expand company ownership to an initial group of company leaders and strategic investors to provide a solid foundation for growth. Today’s announcement follows that strategic plan, further strengthening the firm’s foundation as it works toward its vision of full employee ownership.

“This partnership is a continuation of Structure Tone’s mission to expand construction services to our growing global client base while remaining committed to our core values, which has made us one of the top construction management firms in the business,” says Structure Tone executive chairman James Donaghy.

Govan Brown will retain its name, and its current leaders—Jon Taylor, John Brown and Ralph Govan—will retain a share of ownership in the company and maintain their roles as the senior management team of the business. No other personnel changes are expected for either company.