Cummings Center
Beverly, Massachusetts

Cummings Properties is proud to realize the renaissance of the nearly 2 million square foot former headquarters of United Shoe Machinery Corporation, a North Shore landmark since 1903. A top-to-bottom restoration has transformed "the Shoe" into Cummings Center, a vibrant corporate campus serving a new century of business. Lease any size high quality Massachusetts office, laboratory, or research space in this extraordinary complex.

Hailed by The Wall Street Journal on October 2, 1997 as "the single most important concrete landmark in this country," Cummings Center in Beverly, Massachusetts offers world-class quality and flexibility. It is home to an eclectic population of more than 500 diverse businesses, including dozens of corporate headquarters, and major software developers, plus pharmaceutical, biotech, and other types of research firms, as well as service firms of all varieties.


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Pulitzer Prize winner Ada Louise Huxtable, author of the feature story, described Cummings Center as "a building of outstanding utilitarian beauty. Its stunning glass-walled simplicity, the pleasing proportions based on its structural system, foreshadow the later modular designs of Mies van der Rohe and one of the basic aesthetic principles of modernism -- the direct relationship of structure to style." Ms. Huxtable is shown here with Cummings Properties founder Bill Cummings.


Concluding her October 1997 Wall Street Journal column, Ms. Huxtable wrote: "In the end, there were small losses and enormous gains. For [Cummings Center] it has been a miraculous rebirth. For those who prize an architecture still invisible to many and treated as expendable by most, this is more than a success story; it is a dream come true." Move your business to this fine executive office and research park. Call Vice President and Cummings Center General Manager Steve Drohosky at 978-720-4066 or email us or today for more information.


In April 2000, Buildings Magazine named Cummings Center as its "National Grand Prize Winner" among the country's most significant building restoration projects. "What makes this modernization remarkable - beyond its epic scope - is the true appreciation of the facility and its importance to the surrounding community," wrote Editor Regina Raiford. "Cummings Center's success represents a return of something precious."

Click here for a much more local story in the Salem News, commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Cummings Center.


Offering 2 million square feet on a 77-acre lakefront campus. Office, executive office, sales, and research space.

About one mile from Rt. 128, America's Technology Highway, Cummings Center leases MA office, research, laboratory, and financial services space. This mega complex is just a 25-minute drive from downtown Boston and Logan International Airport. Beverly and its environs offer the accessibility and quality of life for which the North Shore is renowned.


The 77-acre corporate campus is adjacent to both Bass Haven Yacht Club and Beverly Golf & Tennis Club, along with restaurants, banks, medical offices, on-site child day care, entertainment, and downtown Beverly, as well as a McDonalds and a Super Stop & Shop, almost on-site. Cummings Center has on-site MBTA and CATA bus service, and is just two blocks from the main commuter rail station, with direct access to North Station in Boston.

Located just north of Boston, Cummings Center in Beverly currently houses an extraordinary variety of Beverly and Boston medical and other professional practices. A large branch of North Shore Community College is even there. All tenants collectively employ more than 4,000 people and occupy atleast 2 million square feet. The most "typical" tenant leases between 1,000 and 6,000 square feet, but there are 30 firms occupying 20,000 square feet or more.


Indeed, Cummings Center welcomes firms of all sizes, beginning in spaces as small as a few hundred square feet. The complex is appropriately designed to accommodate all sorts of Massachusetts office, executive office, research, and service needs. Leasing is a simple process, using a standard form four-page lease.

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Cummings Center leases MA office, laboratory, and research space of every description. There is no better source for leasing Boston commercial real estate. All rental rates include building insurance, base real estate taxes and on-site management, as well as free garage parking and complete maintenance of all building standard equipment.


Also included in the base rate are all costs for common area maintenance, snow removal, structural and mechanical maintenance and landscaping. For the smallest suites, utilities are included at slightly higher rates, but in suites of 1,000 square feet or larger, utilities are typically separately metered. One of the nicest amenities is that the complex is so well located and so well known, for the convenience of prospective visitors and employees.


Special features at Cummings Center include its convenient access to Route 128 and its attractive 77-acre waterfront campus, with two scenic ponds. There are literally thousands of large windows in this historic complex, which was well known to students of architecture as the largest reinforced-concrete structure in the world, until 1939.  It is also one of the very earliest buildings to incorporate the then brand new "curtain wall" method of construction developed by Ernest Ransome in 1902.


Amenities at Cummings Center are another important reason why so many regional, national, and international firms have selected this huge complex for their business homes. On-site early education and preschool is provided at a state-of-the-art, 128-child Bright Horizons facility. Just down the hall, hundreds of somewhat older students are currently pursuing degrees at the Cummings Center branch of North Shore Community College.

When United Shoe Machinery Corporation flourished in this historic Beverly, MA complex, it operated one of the very first factory-sponsored, state chartered high schools in the country. This was for young Beverly men who spent an extra year taking combined classes at Beverly High School and at USM, so they would be qualified for lifetime careers at "The Shoe."


Today, easy access to the MBTA commuter rail in and out of Boston is another valued feature. Numerous on-site health services including medical practices, several dental offices, three chiropractic clinics, and Orthopedics Plus physical therapy, are among the other services relied on by many Cummings Center workers. Leased space near Beverly Airport, with its 5,000 foot runway, is a plus for many as well.


A state-of-the-art 15,000 square foot corporate fitness center is another major amenity for workers at Cummings Center. Seven coffee shops and restaurants are spread throughout the campus, along with barber/beauty shops, and even a church.


There are two full-service banks, People's United Bank and Marblehead Bank, at Cummings Center. There are also several accountants, and travel agencies, and two dozen law offices, insurance brokers, stockbrokers and financial specialists, including Merrill Lynch and others for those who would like to take advantage of the abundant selection of high-powered, professional support services.


Cummings Properties and a great many of its staff have extraordinary experience in completing complex designs and buildouts for a wide variety of hightech, biotech, and meditech facilities. These facilities range from a 20,000 square foot surgicenter with five operating rooms currently at Cummings Center to Class 100 clean rooms, a radio station, a television studio for Sportschannel, as well as all sorts of biotech and chem labs, and a top secret "tempest room" for a major national defense contractor. They also built and maintain the backup emergency trading floor of a major stock exchange.


Long or short-term office rentals near Boston with free garage parking and public transportation. For fully equipped executive office suites, and "plug and play" offices in Beverly, MA with MBTA bus service, plus on-site Bright Horizons early education and preschool, restaurants, etc. Handicap-accessible Boston office space for corporate headquarters overlooking Interstate 95 in Woburn. Very affordable start-up Boston offices for lease at low cost.

Special nanotech facilities for lease in Boston area with all build-out provided. Quiet office space for massage therapy, chiropractic or psychological counseling. Other MA office space with everything included. Lease broadcast space or Boston recording studio and retail space at junction of I-93 (128) and I-93 in Woburn.


Cummings Foundation, Inc. operates the not-for-profit New Horizons assisted living communities in Massachusetts, and contributes to numerous causes. In Beverly, MA the Foundation recently donated $1 million for the new Douglas Stephens Teen Center at the North Shore YMCA. Mr. Stephens, a classmate of Bill Cummings at Tufts, was the late Executive Vice President of Cummings Properties, where he served 30 years.


Nestled alongside a tranquil country pond, a unique opportunity is nearing full occupancy. This final major building, 500 Cummings Center, completes the award winning, 77-acre Cummings Center campus.


Featuring six wide-open 50,000 square foot floors, 500 Cummings Center is home to a select group of companies seeking the finest quality suburban corporate lifestyle without sacrificing all the amenities of a central business district. Instead of leasing Boston commercial space, many firms opt to have part of their key operations in Beverly for reasons of strategic security.

500 Cummings Center is conveniently located 18 miles north of Boston in the historic seaside community of Beverly. Cummings Center is just off Route 1-A, just one mile from Route 128. The campus is bounded on the south by Route 62.


The crowning jewel of a prime waterfront commerce park, 500 Cummings Center is conveniently located on Route 62, at Route 1A, just minutes from Routes 128 and I-95. Abundant skilled labor, nearby commuter rail and airport, outstanding golf, tennis and sailing, all combine to provide a complete business and recreational community right at your front door.


A beacon of commerce on New England's famed "Gold Coast," the wealth of on-site and nearby amenities is one of Cummings Center's biggest attractions. Others like the wealth of historic artifacts which are so prominently displayed throughout the complex. Full-service banking, daycare, restaurants, medical offices, fitness centers, a gift shop, a dry cleaner, hair salons and a day spa, stationers, and more are all conveniently located within the complex. This user-friendly corporate campus provides accessibility and convenience for tenants, employees, and visitors alike.


In September 1998, Beverly dedicated its new James L. McKeown Elementary School at the northwest corner of the complex, on six acres donated to the city by the Cummings organization. Elsewhere on the Cummings Center campus Beverly has appropriated funding to design a new, public safety headquarters on land also donated by the Company at the southeast corner of Cummings Center.


Unrelated to Beverly, the commonwealth of Massachusetts recently honored Mr. McKeown also, when it named a major new interstate highway interchange in his honor. The James L. McKeown Interchange opened in his home town of Woburn in October 2000. This important interchange with two of the new fly-over type bridges was actively promoted by Mr. McKeown during its earliest planning stages, because of its ability to greatly relieve traffic concerns throughout the area.


Socially responsible management

Cummings Properties has earned multiple Energy Star awards for its "green" office and laboratory buildings in Massachusetts. It also has a very strong history of recycling and preserving historic structures. The firm's 2 million square foot restoration of the former United Shoe Machinery Corporation headquarters in Beverly, MA is one of the world's largest industrial plant recycling projects.

In terms of philanthropy, the firm's founder William Cummings and his wife, Joyce, were among the nation's largest charitable donors last year. Their gifts to Cummings Foundation now total more than $500 million. The Foundation's largest financial commitment was $50 million to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.


Lease affordable Executive Suites in Boston area

For affordable executive suite offices at Cummings Center, Beverly, MA contact Patricia Whelchel at Cummings Executive Suites at 978-922-3335. For larger fully furnished or unfurnished offices contact Steve Drohosky at 978-922-9000. Cummings Center is the preeminent Business Incubator for Boston's entire North Shore, with more than 2 million square feet of exciting new space. For North Shore space in Wakefield, MA call Erica Wright at 781-935-8000.

In Woburn, Cummings Executive Suites offers 92 professional suites with stunning views directly over I-95 (128) and Baldwin Pond. Immediate availability with a full menu of professional office services. This spectacular building is one of the most visible and easily accessed structures anywhere. Contact Patricia Whelchel at 781-933-3335. The Cummings Executive Suites are owned and operated by Aberjona Valley Distributors, a long-established Woburn building products distribution firm.

The firm also offers special business incubator programs at Cummings Center in Beverly, and at Cummings Park in Woburn, MA. A special incubator facility for emerging tech space users is located near Tufts University in Medford, MA. These incubator lab spaces may have as few as 600 square feet with full service leases.

Lease currently available large clean-room space in Beverly, MA for requirements of up to 60,000 square feet. Other brand new design/build flex space and other ready-to-use MA office space is currently available up to 50,000 square feet per floor. Design/build and space planning services are always available "free" with Cummings Properties. Email or call now for turn-key leases for Boston area commercial real estate.

The firm offers discounted handicap-accessible office space close to Boston with public transportation, as well as excellent Feng Shui office and research facilities. Affordable office and lab facilities have public transportation bus stops at the front door. Many office and labs for lease along with adjacent health clubs, restaurants, daycare, etc. Lease brand new headquarter office tower overlooking Route 128 (I-95), with health club, restaurants, etc., plus free garage parking. Discounted tenant-at-will offices for short-term Boston rentals… some are fully furnished.

Cummings Properties LLC, 200 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 781-935-8000