Concert Properties donates $750 thousand in services to the first Burn Fund Building in North America

    VANCOUVER, March 31 /CNW/ - Concert and its staff have joined with
British Columbia's Professional Fire Fighters to provide services to develop
and manage their $25 million Burn Fund Building project.
    A first in North America, The Burn Fund Building will contain suites for
burn survivors and their families, an interactive, multi-media
educational/resource component, and a research facility for clinical trials in
burn and wound healing. Located in central Vancouver, the building's first
cornerstone will be dedicated during the British Columbia 2009 World Police &
Fire Games.
    "Our staff believes we can turn the Burn Fund's great vision for a
building into a reality," says David Podmore, President & CEO, Concert
Properties Ltd. "They are excited to volunteer their time and expertise to be
part of this innovative development and the project is a perfect fit with what
Concert is as a company. Giving back to the community and caring about people
is part of the fabric of Concert. We are always trying to align with new
projects that can make society better."
    The British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund is leading the
way in many aspects of burn survivor care and fire and burn prevention
    "The construction of the Burn Fund Building is the logical next step in
the advancement of care for burn, plastic and trauma patients," says Tony
Burke, Executive Director of the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, and
Chair of the Burn Fund Building Project. "With Concert Properties as our
project managers, we know that their expertise will help create an iconic
building which can be identified as the recognizable expression of the Burn
Fund. The Building is a way that our Professional Fire Fighters can leave a
lasting legacy for the citizens and burn survivors of our province."

    About Concert Properties

    Concert is an award-winning diversified real estate enterprise involved
in developing and acquiring commercial and industrial properties, rental
housing, multi-family condominium housing, seniors living communities, and
resort developments in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Concert's
foundation includes the strength and backing of Canadians represented by the
union and management pension plans who own the company, a corporate philosophy
where integrity in all dealings and community values are key, and a dedicated
team of professionals. Concert is committed to working co-operatively with
community groups, cities and municipalities to provide a win-win situation for
the communities in which it builds. Concert - a developer with a difference.

    About the Burn Fund

    The Burn Fund is a registered charity established in 1978 by the BC
Professional Fire Fighters Association. More than 3,600 professional fire
fighters from forty-nine communities around the province are building the Burn
Fund's vision. They dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors
and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through
the work the Burn Fund does with its Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention
    For more information about the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund
Building or to make a donation, please visit

    MEDIA: Please contact Margo Bates at 604-536-9501, or E-Mail for more details on the Burn Fund Building, or to arrange an
interview with David Podmore, President & CEO of Concert Properties Ltd. and
Tony Burke, Executive Director of the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund
/ Chair of the Burn Fund Building project.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Margo Bates, Telephone: (604)
536-9501, E-mail:

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