BUWOG celebrates 70th anniversary with a matinée and well-known industry giants

10/6/21

On 7 October 2021, following a coronavirus-related standstill in celebrations, the time had finally arrived: BUWOG duly celebrated its 70th anniversary at a matinée with high-profile guests in the Customer and Administrative Centre on Vienna's Rathausstraße. In addition to Thomas Birtel (CEO of STRABAG), Sandra Bauernfeind (managing director of Heimat Österreich) and City Planning Director Bernhard Jarolim, guests also included Gerhard Schuster (CEO of 3420 aspern) and architect Heinz Neumann. The musical setting for the ceremony was provided by a quartet from the Vienna Philharmonic. 

ZiB anchorman Tarek Leitner moderated the anniversary celebration. Invited from the areas of real estate, architecture, politics and business, the guests – including Michael Ehlmaier (EHL), Markus Handler (Handler Bau), Isabella Jandl (Vienna Housing Service), architects Christian Heiss and Gregor Schuberth as well as Karin Schmidt-Mitscher (ÖVW), Peter Czapek (Bank Austria Real Invest) and Vitus Eckert (supervisory board of Vonovia) – enjoyed a keynote speech on the so-called “care turn in architecture” by Angelika Fitz, director of Austrian’s museum of architecture, Architekturzentrum Wien. Overall, the aspects of housing quality, urban development and sustainability formed the common thread of the event – as was the case in the panel discussion featuring Waltraud Karner-Kremser (chair of the Municipal Council Committee for Housing, Urban Development and Women), Brigitte Jilka (former city planning director of the City of Vienna), Angelika Fitz (director of the Architekturzentrum Wien) and BUWOG Managing Director Andreas Holler.

“Vienna is as diverse as its residents and also requires housing that is geared to the widest variety of needs. BUWOG has made a remarkable contribution to this over the past decades. We are particularly pleased with its current commitment to sustainability and affordability,” Waltraud Karner-Kremser says.

Green plans for the future

Daniel Riedl, member of the management board of Vonovia SE responsible for all BUWOG operations in Austria, on the anniversary and further plans: “70 years of BUWOG are a major milestone for us. All these years have been characterised by change, further development, growth and success. BUWOG will continue to be a pioneer in ecology, resource conservation and climate compatibility, for we will not relent in our efforts to make the housing market even more sustainable.” Current planning already includes relevant projects with a total of more than 6,000 residential units – and here, as always, with a balanced mix of privately financed condominiums and rental apartments as well as rental apartments from the Vienna Housing Initiative.

Rolf Buch, CEO of Vonovia SE, did not miss the opportunity to attend his subsidiary's anniversary celebration, adding: “A long, successful tradition and a future that breathes the pulse of the times – BUWOG is all of these things. The BUWOG team impressively demonstrates its expertise in all areas of construction and housing every day. This is precisely what Vonovia benefits very strongly from in development. The task now is to provide solutions to the social issues of the future with the possibilities of the housing industry and to assume responsibility. For this, BUWOG has a clear direction in sustainability, innovation and much more. That's what connects us.”

Conclusion with an inside perspective

After the official part of the event, interested guests were given a guided tour of the newly built Customer and Administrative Centre at Rathausstraße 1, which was only moved into in 2020. Ranging from various sustainability-related developments to the extensive offers and services provided to employees, it was possible to obtain a favourable impression of BUWOG as an employer here. As a result of the weather, the event did not conclude on the rooftop terrace with its impressive view over Vienna, but in a pleasant atmosphere with prosecco, coffee and an anniversary cake in the festively decorated lobby.

 

About BUWOG

BUWOG is the leading full-service provider in the Austrian residential property market and now looks back on 70 years of expertise. Its property portfolio encompasses approximately 22,150 units and is located in Austria. The development pipeline in Vienna includes approximately 6,189 units. In addition to Asset Management, the entire value chain of the residential sector is covered by Property Sales and Property Development. BUWOG Group GmbH is a subsidiary of Vonovia SE, Europe's leading residential company, whose headquarters are in Bochum (Germany).

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