Govan Brown HQ
Having spent the bulk of our 20 year history in Toronto’s downtown core, Govan Brown moved their headquarters from the Fashion District to the west end’s Junction neighborhood. Employing our own construction management team, we transformed the industrial warehouse into a fully functioning office space. The innovative open floor plate and furniture orientation encourages collaboration and communication amongst a highly dynamic workforce. The main office area, a large naturally lit room is flanked by a western wall with 3 mounted screen televisions, and a pool table to the east. Other employee-friendly features include one fully functional kitchen, two serveries, and a large multipurpose room that acts as a meeting space and training room. The space is also equipped with a gym complete with fully operational change rooms, showers, lockers and washrooms. The office also contains private, telephone-booth rooms for remote employees, closed offices in the executive wing, a separate plywood-clad room for the estimating team, and a rooftop patio and BBQ pit. The ambitiously large office required extensive mechanical and electrical work. For the gym, a new separate air-handling system was installed to cool the space without affecting the office’s overall temperature. Considering the age of the building, all new HVAC systems had to be installed. Furthermore, all new custom light fixtures were purchased for the entrance area while intricate hanging light fixtures had to be pre-ordered for timely delivery and installation. The successful completion of the 108 Vine space was due in part to the collaboration of the construction team and the comprehensive pre-construction phase. Prior to beginning construction, the team went through two rounds of tendering to appoint qualified trades. The yearlong pre-construction process allowed our team to identify and avoid potential roadblocks and deliver a successfully executed project.