Govan Brown



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  Market Sector: Retail & Hospitality
  Architect/Designer: Various
  Electrical Engineer:Various
  Mechanical Engineer: Various

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The multi-national cosmetics giant, Merle Norman, has been a staple in the beauty industry for over 75 years. Based in Los Angeles, the Merle Norman Corporation represents over 2,000 independently-owned studios across North America. As such, when a Merle Norman franchise with very specific needs elected to open a location in the Calgary area, they selected Govan Brown as their construction managers because of our ability to effectively complete complex projects. For the Merle Norman project, our construction team was challenged to build two separate service  areas.  The  first  area,  located at the front of the store, was

purposed specifically for retail product sales. Built in the second area, located at the rear, was a full service day spa. Each area had their own specific and divergent design details in regards to their function. The front studio’s aesthetic layout was designed to highlight the Merle Norman product line. The visually arresting and unique colour schemes, wall graphics and product display fixtures deliberately complement the high-end cosmetics. Meanwhile, the spa’s arrangement required more functional  design elements. The  spa, complete with manicure-pedicure and massage areas, showers and locker rooms, required the installation

of bathroom-specific tiles and the installation of previously non-existent plumbing. The intense design of the Merle Norman store personifies Govan Brown’s ability to multitask, schedule and perform in condensed spaces and schedules. The celebrated cosmetics company required a high-end design to mirror the elegant products and services they provide. Govan Brown was happy to accommodate their vision.