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Trade Center Park was originally developed as a manufacturing plant for Sylvania Electric Company in the 50's. When that plant and several other Sylvania facilities in Massachusetts closed, the site had a brief stint as Northeast Trade Center. Fairly soon, however, the facility was little more than a site for weekend trade and guns show. Click to enlarge Jolly Jim's Flea Markets were the most known events on the site, and longtime area residents still vividly remember special weekend shows. Early Friday evening arrivals for the best bargains often collided with rush-hour traffic. The Route 38 snarl completely blocked the rotary, and traffic was often backed up for up to a quarter mile, both north and south on Route 128. Aerial views of Woburn traffic at Route 38 were not…
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2 Cambridge Biotech Companies Open Labs in Woburn

2 Cambridge Biotech Companies Open Labs in Woburn

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Two Cambridge life sciences firms recently joined Woburn’s robust biotech cluster. Vaxess Technologies expanded its operation with a 3,600-square-foot GMP manufacturing laboratory at Cummings Park, and SeromYx Systems relocated its entire operation to an 8,000-square-foot Biosafety Level 2 facility at 299 Washington Street. Vaxess Technologies celebrated the grand opening of its GMP manufacturing facility in Woburn. Left to right: Rep. Richard Haggerty; Joe Boncore, CEO of MassBio; Sen. Cindy Friedman; Michael Schrader, CEO, Vaxess Technologies; Eric Anderson, president, Cummings Properties; and Kenn Turner, president and CEO of Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. Photo credit: Duncan Lake, Cresa. Long a hidden gem for life sciences firms, Woburn is now drawing attention as an ideal locale for biotech, pharma, and advance manufacturing companies. It’s also drawing key leaders to tour cutting-edge labs, including…
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Current Trends and Considerations for Leasing Greater Boston Lab Space

Current Trends and Considerations for Leasing Greater Boston Lab Space

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With lab space at a premium in Boston and Cambridge, life sciences and biotech companies are choosing to move to or start up in the MetroNorth region. Cummings, with its broad in-house expertise, is uniquely positioned to deliver specialized labs quickly for life sciences, biomanufacturing, pharma, advanced manufacturing, and research firms. Our convenient locations on I-95 and I-93, ample free parking, and many area amenities, including restaurants, hotels, and shopping, make us a one-stop shop for growing organizations. Chief Design Officer Jim Trudeau recently discussed his role in designing lab and technical spaces, factors to consider, and current trends.    What is your role at Cummings? I lead Cummings' 20-person architectural and engineering team, with a special involvement in laboratory and technical projects. Our internal designers and engineers have designed…
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Key considerations for choosing your next career opportunity

Key considerations for choosing your next career opportunity

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Autumn is a popular time of year to consider a career change. As summer vacation season ends, businesses look to fill gaps in their workforces, and job seekers refocus their efforts to secure meaningful employment.  Commercial real estate developer Cummings Properties knows a thing or two about the hiring process. Together, its diverse in-house team of about 350 colleagues design, build, market, manage, and maintain 11 million square feet of commercial real estate across 11 suburban Boston communities. Here are several considerations to keep in mind as you explore new professional opportunities. Corporate Culture The workplace culture at your new job will set the tone for your experience. Try to get a sense of the company’s core values during the interview process. Are teamwork and camaraderie emphasized or is the focus on…
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How Some Small Businesses Are Making It During the COVID-19 Crisis

How Some Small Businesses Are Making It During the COVID-19 Crisis

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The spread of the novel coronavirus across Massachusetts has brought big changes to businesses of all sizes and their customers. CDC and Massachusetts DPH guidance urges consumers to avoid getting up-close and personal with each other. Government mandates have forced many types of businesses to close their doors to customer crowds. As we all work to protect ourselves and each other through social distancing, several Woburn firms in the Cummings Properties portfolio have hit upon ways to keep a small business healthy through the COVID-19 crisis. Check out these creative solutions that are allowing our client firms to bring their services to a largely homebound public. Stay in Shape with Virtual Gym Classes Many of us use gym memberships as a way to stay physically fit and mentally sharp, burning…
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Highlights from the Life Science and Healthcare Summit

Highlights from the Life Science and Healthcare Summit

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The migration of life science and healthcare firms to the suburbs was a hot topic at New England Real Estate Journal’s recent Life Science and Healthcare Summit. Senior Leasing Director Rob Yacobian of Cummings Properties was one of four experts on a panel discussing location-related trends for the biotech sector. Read below for the highlights of Rob’s contributions to the conversation. How the life science boom has affected the Cummings portfolio Life science firms currently make up more than 10 percent of the Company’s portfolio, with the largest concentrations in Woburn, Beverly, and Medford. The type of space most in demand by these biotech firms has evolved over the years. Cummings initially worked with many early-stage firms seeking single-story buildings with a mix of office and lab space. Today, an…
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What Your Office Foyer Says About Your Business

What Your Office Foyer Says About Your Business

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In business, a first impression is everything. That goes beyond simply meeting and greeting new potential clients and customers. An office is a space that makes an impression the moment someone walks in. Whether it is a potential new hire, a business partner, or someone who might be joining in on a venture, they will look to your office foyer when forming their first impression. The office foyer says a lot about your business, so be sure to make it a good first impression on anyone entering. Perfecting the Office Foyer An office foyer is truly the first thing people see when they enter your place of business. There are a few things you want people to think when they come into your foyer for the first time, all of…
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