Jill Zunshine speaks at the 500 Kendall Street unveiling | Pictured L-R: Katelyn Mallozzi, Chad Friesz, Ramona Sequeira, Jill Zunshine & Brian Lynch
Takeda has officially unveiled its newly renovated energy-efficient building at 500 Kendall Street in Cambridge, anchoring our presence in Massachusetts and reaffirming the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as our global hub, which we established in 2018.
Takeda recently completed renovation of our 500 Kendall Street building in Cambridge, MA. The building will now serve as a centerpiece in Takeda’s interconnected network of buildings across our three main campuses in Massachusetts – urban campuses in Kendall Square and Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a suburban campus in Lexington, Massachusetts – and will provide best-in-class facilities, services and amenities for Takeda employees.
“Establishing Takeda’s global hub in Massachusetts embeds us more deeply in an important epicenter of innovation, science and medicine,” said Ramona Sequeira, president, U.S. Business Unit and Global Portfolio Commercialization. “Our new interconnected network of office spaces, labs and manufacturing sites co-locates functions that contribute to the entire life cycle of our medicines and increases the effectiveness of our teams’ approach to innovation.”
As the largest life sciences employer in Massachusetts, our presence here places us in the heart of U.S. innovation and among leading academic institutions, top hospitals and a thriving scientific community. The 500 Kendall Street facility is one of Takeda’s several renovation projects completed or slated for completion this year, that support our efforts to better integrate our people, teams, business, and functions to fuel innovation.
We are committed to providing our employees with a flexible and healthy environment while promoting teamwork and connectivity across Takeda offices. 500 Kendall Street is designed for Takeda’s current and future workforce, with a layout that empowers our teams to work safely and collaboratively. The open floor plan and design of 500 Kendall Street delivers an exceptional experience for Takeda employees while they are on-site in Cambridge.
In addition, 500 Kendall Street, which was built in 2004 and was the first LEED Platinum office building of its size in the U.S., has now been significantly updated to improve the structure’s efficiency, and is seeking additional LEED certification for its interior renovation, as well as Fitwel 3 Star certification for its focus on occupant wellness. With these updates, 500 Kendall Street continues to advance Takeda toward our objective of becoming carbon-zero in our operations by 2040, building upon our 2020 milestone of achieving carbon neutrality.
Innovative sustainability features include automated window blinds that optimize natural light while avoiding glare, water-reducing plumbing fixtures and roof-mounted heliostats to direct sunlight down through the central atrium. Employee health, comfort and productivity were also prioritized through the design of the building, which includes a fitness center, connected stairwells, mother’s rooms, wellness rooms, and the latest COVID-19 safety measures.
We are proud of all that 500 Kendall Street has to offer our employees and look forward to the great work that will be done in this building to create better health for people and a brighter future for the world.