WE MAKE
LIVING
  HEALTHY,
EASY.

Our Story

FROM MITIGATING DISEASE TO BUILDING HEALTH

Cambridge develops, owns and manages award-winning health-enhancing medical facilities – this has been our core business for more than 30 years. We’ve learned that thoughtfully designed real estate enables more precise diagnoses, more effective treatments, and faster recoveries. Like our healthcare partners and city leaders, however, we know mitigating disease is not enough. The United States spends twice what other countries do on healthcare but lags behind in results, quality and efficiency. And the costs are not just financial. U.S. residents have fewer healthy years beyond age 60 than other nations. Researchers warn that the current generation will be the first in history with shorter life expectancies than their parents. With chronic and avoidable illnesses responsible for 86% of costs and four out of the top eight disease-related causes of death, a big part of the answer seems maddeningly simple: prevention. So, just as we develop real estate that helps providers more effectively mitigate disease, Cambridge also uses real estate to prevent disease. We are developing communities that improve health for people who live, work and visit there.

HEALTHY CHOICE, EASY CHOICE

PLACES WHERE HEALTHY CHOICES COME NATURALLY

Living mindfully is being aware of the hundreds of daily choices that can positively influence our health and longevity. But there’s a catch: even with full knowledge of the facts, we sometimes make choices that aren’t so good for us. So, at Cambridge, the concept of mindfulness transcends awareness and seeks to make the right choices the ones that come naturally. Every decision begins with the question… “How does this make living healthy, easy?” We create places that make walking, biking and eating fresh food more appealing than their alternatives, and that are visually diverse and interesting enough to draw people outdoors to flex those minds, bodies and spirits. Our communities have a strong sense of neighborhood and include a blend of energized experiences throughout the day and night – office, retail, residential, hospitality, recreational and cultural … spaces that encourage interaction with co-workers, friends and family, and enjoyment of the arts. For these are the things that enhance quality (and quantity) of life.

MOVE

And not just at the gym. Human powered locomotion creates those little bursts of energy that promote longer life, healthier aging and a happier existence.

EAT

Let’s get back in touch with what we consume. Fresh, local food, easily accessible and deliciously prepared. This is how we create healthier (and smarter) palates.

CONNECT

Collaborative work places help us feel alive, stimulate discovery and pay homage to the truth that many great minds are better than one.

ENGAGE

Places for casual interaction among friends, family and nature. A sense of community informed by the wisdom of the experienced and the vitality of the young.

LIVE PURPOSEFULLY

Knowing why we get up in the morning increases life expectancy, provides meaning and reduces anxiety. Discovering purpose is easier in the company of others who’ve found their “why.”

TAKE IT EASY

Slow down and let your mind steep. Relaxation protects the heart, boosts memory and decision making, and lowers chances of stroke, among other benefits. And it feels great, too.

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HEALTHCARE… TO HEALTH

STAY ACTIVE, STAY WELL

If we had our way, hospitals would be out of business. And our forward-thinking health system clients agree: coordinated, integrated care models that keep people out of hospitals are the best prescription for long, active lives. Meanwhile – chronic illnesses, many of which are preventable, currently account for more than 80% of hospital admissions, 90% of prescriptions, and 75% of physician visits. We salute clinicians whose primary care focus is on prevention and education, and whose specialized care focus is on personalized medicine that improves human performance. We support them by developing real estate that helps them do what they do, better. Check out a few examples of our groundbreaking (and ongoing) work in healthcare below.

Mindful Development

BREATHE EASIER. LIVE BETTER.

As real estate developers, we sometimes know things we wish we didn’t. For example, a baby born today may have more than 250 building materials in his or her bloodstream. Products like carpet, paint, insulation and furniture can contain volatile organic compounds that “off gas” toxins in to the air. Because 90% of our time is spent indoors, where air quality is two to five times worse than outside, it’s easy to see how this unwanted inheritance is handed down. Mindful development means hearing those facts and declaring, “no more.” We select safer materials, provide cleaner air indoors, and design irresistible amenities to draw moms, dads, kids and everyone else outside to enjoy lush streetscapes, inviting parks and green gathering places … making that extra breath of fresh air a welcome part of daily life.

STAIRS

Adding two flights of stairs per day for one year sheds up to six pounds of body weight and increases healthy bone density and muscular strength. We celebrate our stairs and cheer for all who use them.

MATERIALS

Earth-friendly (and people-friendly) products preserve natural resources, promote cleaner air, reduce respiratory illnesses, and minimize greenhouse gases – that’s plenty of incentive for us.

GLASS

Glass increases natural light, boosts productivity, improves mood and regulates human circadian rhythms. Views through a window even speed healing. All good reasons to let the sun shine in.

WATER

We’re collecting storm water, groundwater and condensation to irrigate our entire site at ONEC1TY. An added benefit: all that water makes a nice watershed for residents and visitors to enjoy.

LIGHT

Earth-friendly LED lighting is dramatically more efficient than other technologies. LEDs last longer, consume fewer resources and contain no mercury, keeping our water supply safe. Go LED!

AIR

Wringing moisture from the outside air, pre-tempering it and increasing filtration reduces bacteria and mold and keeps occupants comfortable and allergy-free. Go ahead, take a deep, cleansing breath.

GREEN ROOFS

Adorning buildings with living roofs absorbs heat and creates natural insulation, reducing energy needs, air pollution, greenhouse gases and storm water runoff. We think they’re pretty, too.

COMPLETE STREETS

For too long, streets have served cars, not people. Complete streets let cars, walkers, and cyclists coexist safely. And landscaped, bioswaled medians remove pollution from runoff water.

REUSE, RECYCLE

Wood recycled from an empty warehouse is finding new life at ONEC1TY, indoors and out – as decks, benches and on walls. And our street beds feature crushed rock repurposed from excavation.

Our Team

WE ARE PASSIONATE
ABOUT WHAT WE DO

Cambridge’s leadership group has worked together for 20+ years. That impressive longevity is balanced by a constant desire to reinvent what we do … to “obsolete” ourselves by bringing in new talent to inspire fresh thinking and teach us what we don’t know – elevating our work to new heights.

MEET THE TEAM

Our Way

IT’S REFLECTED IN ALL OUR WORK

Our natural tendency is to work as a team. We think our best efforts involve bringing everyone together to contribute diverse skill sets, innovative ideas and varied perspectives. That makes for a busy, noisy office – and we love it. In fact, our work environment is a reflection of who we are, what we value, and how we develop communities: collaborative work spaces, use of recycled and organic materials, abundant glass and natural daylight and technology that brings us closer together instead of pushing us apart. We share healthy lunches in our break room, practice yoga together, work out in our gym, and take power walks around our great neighborhood. At Cambridge, we (literally) walk the talk.

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