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Concert receives coveted Platinum Georgie Award

Concert proudly accepted the coveted Platinum Georgie Award from the Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia (CHBA BC) at the recent awards gala on February 23.

"We created the Platinum Award in 2007 to recognize those companies that have achieved what is truly an incredible milestone - earning 25 or more Georgie Awards," says CHBA BC President Nathan Stone. Since inception, only four other organizations have been honoured with this distinction. "Congratulations to Concert for taking home this well-deserved honour" added Stone.

"It is a tremendous honour to have been repeatedly recognized by the CHBA BC and the Georgie Awards as among the best of the best within the province's home building industry," said David Podmore, Chairman and CEO of Concert. "Recognized both within the industry and by the public in general as showcasing dedication to superior standards, these Awards reflect our commitment to delivering top quality homes backed by superior customer service."

With this honour in hand, Concert will continue striving for excellence as one of the province’s leading homebuilders.

We need your vote

In addition to the four nominations Concert received in the 2013 GVHBA Ovation Awards, the company’s Patina development is also a contender for the People’s Choice Grand Ovation Award.

At 42-storeys, Patina is one of the most architecturally significant condominium developments in the company’s history. Bold urban architecture reflects and responds to the juxtaposition of its unique location. The eastern face’s glass and steel reflect the downtown core while the western face showcases concrete, brick and punched windows to complement the more intimate and distinctly warmer character of the traditional tree-lined West End neighbourhood.

Importantly, Patina provided the residential element of a mixed-use development that made possible the construction of The Robert Lee YMCA – a valuable community amenity that currently serves 10,500 members. Upon completion of sales at Patina, Concert issued the YMCA a profit participation cheque in the amount of $14.6 million. Of that, $146,000 has been set aside for the Concert / YMCA Fund for Children. As part of the endowment fund of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, this fund will exist in perpetuity and will be dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to the services and programs offered by the Y.

You can vote for the People’s Choice Award in two ways:

  1. “Like” the photo of Patina on GVHBA’s Facebook page .
  2. Visit the online contest page where you can vote up to five times a day.

The People’s Choice winner will be revealed at the Ovation Awards gala on Saturday, April 20. To encourage participation, the GVHBA is giving away a BBQ valued at $1,100 to one lucky voter who will be selected at random.

Innovative rental housing since 1989

Did you know that Concert was founded in 1989 to construct purpose-built rental housing in Vancouver? While the company has expanded considerably in the subsequent 24 years to become one of the most diversified real estate enterprises in Canada, Concert has never lost sight of the importance of constructing innovative rental housing.

With the construction of 600 Drake in 1993, Concert was the first developer to bring micro suites to downtown Vancouver. These compact, fully self-contained suites were an innovative response to rental housing affordability and as a result won both a 1993 Georgie Award and a 1994 UDI Award of Excellence. This forward-thinking development has since inspired numerous other developments and remains a popular choice with students and young professionals.

Currently under construction at the University of British Columbia, Concert’s 15-storey Axis development is preparing for occupancy in advance of the fall 2013 semester. With a prime location in the heart of campus as well as stunning mountain and ocean views from many of the suites, these efficiently-planned apartments are sure to be an appealing offering for those affiliated with the University.

In downtown Toronto, Concert has two more rental developments currently under construction. One32 Berkeley , a 10-storey rental community at Berkeley and Queen Streets will also complete in late summer 2013 and appeal to George Brown College students looking for a conveniently-located alternative to traditional student housing, among others. At 463 apartments, the eagerly-anticipated Motion development, situated at Bay and Dundas Streets, will be the largest rental community Concert has constructed to date. From efficient studios to spacious two bedroom plus den apartments, Motion is now leasing for occupancy in May 2013.

With the completion of Axis, Motion and One32 Berkeley, Concert will have constructed nearly 4,200 rental homes in Vancouver and Toronto.

   Founded in 1989, Concert specializes in developing rental apartments, condominium homes and retirement communities, acquiring and developing commercial, industrial and infrastructure properties and in property management. With operations in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and the backing of more than 200,000 Canadians represented by the union and management pension plans who own Concert, our commitment is to build strong, sustainable communities across Canada.

This issue brought to you by Scotiabank , platinum sponsor of Concert's 2012 golf tournament.

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