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Burn Fund Centre – we are almost there!

In an effort to give back to the community and get behind a very worthy cause, Concert first made the commitment to donate its development and project management services to the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters' Association for their Burn Fund Centre building in 2008. In the years since, Concert has worked with the Fire Fighters’ Association through every step of the process. While the project was delayed due to the evolving requirements of the Centre and fundraising challenges, Concert is more committed than ever to making this much-needed facility a reality.

At the core of the project is filling the desperate need for temporary accommodations for out-of-town burn survivors and their families during treatment and recovery. Because Vancouver is the only Level 1 burn and trauma centre in the province, patients come from across BC and the Yukon for treatment at either the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn, Plastic & Trauma Unit at Vancouver General Hospital or at the Burn Program at BC Children’s Hospital. By incorporating eight affordable, temporary housing suites, out-of-town burn survivors and their families can say together during the recovery process in a supportive environment. Currently, out-of-town patients and their families must organize their own temporary accommodations during treatment and then must return to their own communities for recovery - possibly having to make several subsequent trips back to Vancouver for follow-up treatments.

In addition to the housing component, there will be communal amenity areas where families can seek the support of others who can relate to their experiences. The Centre would also include ground level retail to provide a sustainable, long-term endowment for the Burn Fund’s continued operations as well as office space for the Burn Fund organization which would double as a venue for regular support meetings for burn survivors.

To date, $10.5 million has been raised towards this project, and just $2.5 million stands in the way of construction commencing now that a conditional development permit has been issued. In order to help ensure this exciting project does indeed become a reality, Concert is now assisting the Burn Fund in securing charitable donations from the business community.

Concert is extremely proud to be associated with a project which will truly make a difference in the lives of burn survivors and their families.

Integrating public art at Salt

Currently under construction, Concert’s Salt condominium in downtown Vancouver is set to complete in spring 2014. Part of this now sold out development will be an innovative public art installation that will further differentiate Salt from its neighbours and help to make a mark on the city.

At the outset of this process, a group of artists were invited to develop artwork proposals for Salt which would serve to add visual interest as well as engage and activate the public realm. The winning concept from Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovksy entails the installation of CNC-cut, metal type which would run vertically on Salt’s northwest corner to spell the phrase “we must cultivate our garden”. This phrase, the closing line in Voltaire’s most famous book, was chosen for “the slipperiness of this famously enigmatic phrase” and how it “…hovers between idealism and pragmatism, between optimism and world-weariness, wherein each term lends itself to multiple, conflicting readings. This phrase is an invitation to think about how we relate to each other and to our environment.”

The three dimensional letters will utilize a font designed by the artists, evoking the latticework of a trellis which serves visually connect to the quote’s garden reference. Another interesting element of this work will be the variable spacing between the words, decreasing as the words get closer to the ground. While the decision to employ variable spacing was made for many reasons, the most notable is how this treatment will compensate for the optical illusion of perspective. Because of the effect of perspective, standing on the ground closer to the building and looking up at the phrase make the higher words compress back together again.

Concert is excited to be able to integrate a dynamic piece of public art at Salt, and has similar plans for other developments currently in the planning phases.

Adding to the mantle

April was an award-winning month for Concert, as multiple awards were proudly taken home in both Toronto and Vancouver.

Concert was honoured with two awards in the 2013 Ovation Awards from the Greater Vancouver Home Builder’s Association (GVHBA). Patina, the company’s landmark 42-storey tower in downtown Vancouver was awarded Best Multi-Family Highrise Development. Concert was also honoured with the coveted Grand Ovation Award for Multi-Family Builder of the Year.

“Patina is one of the company’s most noteworthy developments to date,” said Brian McCauley, Concert’s President & COO. “In addition to providing condominium homes built to the highest standard, Patina was built in conjunction with the adjacent Robert Lee YMCA, enabling the construction of a highly valuable community amenity.”

"Combined with the award for Multi-Family Builder of the Year," continued McCauley, "this honour is affirmation of our ongoing commitment to excellence in all that we do – from planning and design, to construction and ultimately customer service."

Concert also proudly accepted two 2013 BILD (Building Industry and Land Development) Awards at a gala reception in Toronto on April 26. 88 Scott, the latest condominium development from Concert in downtown Toronto was honoured with the award for Best Suite Design - Under 750 sq. ft. as well as Best Project Rendering.

“In all Concert developments we spend considerable time ensuring each floorplan we bring to market is well-planned and carefully considered,” said Rod Wilburn, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “These awards reflect our commitment to integrating smart, liveable suite designs into an architecturally significant development – a commitment that has been acknowledged through exceptional market acceptance and ongoing sales success."



   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 BTY Group , HSBC , Leisure Care & CBRE ; gold sponsors of Concert's 2012 golf tournament.

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