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Giving something back to society

DOING GOOD BY CONVICTION

ECE and its CEO Alexander Otto are committed to society in a variety of ways through various foundations. Their commitment focuses on projects and initiatives in the fields of sport, education, culture, health and urban development. Alexander Otto's civic involvement includes not only supporting many small projects that benefit children, athletes or the disabled, for example, but also providing targeted support for lighthouse projects such as the modernisation of the Hamburg Kunsthalle or the tennis stadium at Hamburg's Rothenbaum. Regardless of its size, every single project is important - always with the aim of giving something back to society.

“Lebendige Stadt” Foundation

The ECE-funded “Lebendige Stadt” Foundation established by Alexander Otto has been working to promote and preserve cities as lively and multifaceted living environments since the year 2000.

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Dorit & Alexander Otto Foundation

The main focus of the Dorit & Alexander Otto Foundation, founded by Alexander Otto and his wife, is funding medical research and health care projects as well as arts and culture in the city of Hamburg.

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Dorit & Alexander Otto Stiftung

Alexander Otto Sports Foundation

The mission of the Alexander Otto Sports Foundation is to promote sports in Hamburg, especially youth and disabled sports, and to further enhance Hamburg’s position as a sports city.

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Einsatz für den Behindertensport: die Alexander-Otto-Sportstiftung

Versatilely committed

Partners of the cities

For the ECE, city centres and shopping centres are not opposites or competitors, but part of a whole and an important building block in the competition with online trade. This is why we attach great importance to the optimal urban integration of our centers and are involved in city marketing together with other retailers. The ECE therefore regularly support the cities with events and campaigns to profile them as a location worth living in and loving. 

Sustainability is important to us

The topic of sustainability has always been an integral part of ECE's corporate philosophy. We are not only project developers, but also remain at the location for the long term as landlords and managers, thus assuming long-term responsibility for the properties we plan and operate. In doing so, the ECE attaches particular importance to the successful integration of our properties over the long term.

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THE ECE PASSES ON HER KNOWLEDGE

As a specialist for large-scale real estate, our commitment goes far beyond the development of shopping centers, office complexes, logistics centers, hotels, and residential areas. The range of projects and buildings extends to television studios and sports centers, schools and educational institutions, cultural and medical facilities, and historical monuments. For us, passing on this comprehensive know-how is an integral part of our social commitment. 

Our latest projects

Visualisierung der künftigen Innenansicht des Tennisstadion am Hamburger Rothenbaum

Rothenbaumstadion Hamburg

Thanks to Alexander Otto’s personal commitment and the Alexander Otto Sports Foundation, the tennis facility at Hamburg’s Rothenbaum is being extensively modernized. The ECE was responsible for designing, planning, and managing the project. By the summer 2020, the motorized membrane roof, stadium seats, Walk of Champions, entrance and plaza area, training grounds, public toilets, and signage system will be renewed.   

Kunsthalle HH

Kunsthalle Hamburg

Thanks to a 15 million euro in-kind donation from the Dorit and Alexander Otto Foundation, the Hamburger Kunsthalle was completely modernized in just 17 months under ECE project management. The modernisation included , among other things, the restoration of the original entrance area, the redesign of the collection rooms and the consolidation and optimisation of the service areas. We worked closely with the municipal authorities, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and museum experts to renovate the landmarked ensemble of buildings.

Die von Alexander Otto geförderte Akademie auf dem HSV-Campus

Alexander Otto Academy Hamburg

Right next to Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion is the Alexander Otto Academy, which was erected and opened in 2017 – this is the new youth training center for the Bundesliga football club Hamburger Sport-Verein. ECE was responsible for project management and design. The construction was made possible by a private €10 million donation from Alexander Otto.

Skulptur im Staatlichen Museum Schwerin

Staatliches Museum Schwerin

The Dorit & Alexander Otto Foundation is supporting the modernisation of the Staatliches Museum Schwerin with a substantial donation in kind in the form of planning services and conversion measures. Our expertise gained during the modernisation of the Hamburger Kunsthalle will be used here, as ECE is also providing the construction and planning services.