ARCHITECTURAL AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION

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Note to all users of this document: please feel free to use any information on these sheets with or without attribution. All quotes include current information and may be used as if taken from a current interview. Additional information or quotes are readily available upon request. A variety of photos is also available, as are personal interviews with any Beverly staff by appointment or on short notice. These three pages are intended for use either intact or as general background. They may also be used in excerpt format, or as another source of quotes as outlined above. Cummings Center is "the single most important, and generally unrecognized concrete landmark in this country," Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable wrote in the October 2, 1997 issue of The Wall Street…
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BioProcessors Leases Space in Woburn

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BioProcessors Corp., a dynamic new company that has created a cell-based platform to accelerate drug development and enable cell based screening, opened its east coast headquarters at 35-C Cabot Road, Woburn with Cummings Properties. Backed by lending venture capital firm Oxford BioScience Partners, BioProcessors reportedly leased 10,347 square feet. According to company officials, BioProcessors' focus is to expedite the discovery and development of therapeutic drugs. Andrey Zarur, CEO explained, "We use a unique micro fabricated platform to grow cells on microchips." The cell-based micro devices create faster pre-clinical testing and automated biological assay applications. The manufacturer and assembly of the platform and biologicals integration will be performed in Woburn, while BioProcessors' micro fabrication operations will remain in the San Francisco Bay Area. BioProcessors is an emerging company competing for market…
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“Architecture: Refitting ‘The Shoe'”

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by Ada Louise Huxtable Beverly, Mass.-They call it The Shoe. It is the United Shoe Machinery plant, a pioneering, reinforced concrete structure built in 1903-1906 that was the largest building of its type in the world until 1937. With additions, its 34 acres of floor space in three 60-foot-wide wings eventually reached a quarter of a mile in length. The Shoe dominated life and labor in this historic community and its neighboring towns for more than half a century, practicing a benign economic paternalism behind maximum security fences. Its cathedral-size spaces were devoted to the manufacture of the equipment used to make the shoes that were the sustaining industry of this part of New England until antitrust laws forced the breakup of the company in the 1970s. After the plant…
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Architecture & History

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In his 1986 book A Concrete Atlantis, the late architectural writer Reyner Banhamdescribed the United Shoe Machinery Corporation (USM) structure in Beverly, Massachusetts as a concrete-framed factory in its canonical form "a work of crushing self-assurance. Its absence from the general literature on the history of modern architecture is a reproach to scholarship," he added.Banham also described Beverly as "that ultimate masterpiece of [engineer Ernest L.] Ransome's declining years." Ransome, known worldwide for his then revolutionary technology, himself authored a book, Reinforced Concrete Buildings, with co-author Alexis Saurbrey in 1912, published in New York City by McGraw-Hill.Cummings Center, the former USM site, is today a massive complex of Ransome's renovated commercial buildings and landscape features on a 74-acre site near Beverly's downtown business district. Construction of the original plant began in 1904…
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