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Boston Scientific moves to Marlborough headquarters

New campus opened after growth spurt

Boston Scientific wanted a state-of-the art campus with amenities but didn’t want to “go too Google,” one executive said.
Boston Scientific wanted a state-of-the art campus with amenities but didn’t want to “go too Google,” one executive said.Aram Boghosian/Boston Globe/Globe Freelance

MARLBOROUGH — Eighteen months into a long-delayed recovery, the medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp. has posted six consecutive quarters of expanding sales. And its market value has more than doubled to $16.9 billion since the start of last year.

Now it can boast a state-of-the-art corporate headquarters to boot.

Boston Scientific formally opened its new global base with a ribbon-cutting Tuesday on a 120-acre campus here that already housed its endoscopy, urology, and women’s health businesses, a research and development lab, and clinical and information technology operations.

The corporate staff completed its move from Natick last week, and the different feel was apparent on a tour of the new 110,000-square-foot headquarters building.


While the former space off Route 9 was dark and dated, with most managers tucked away in private offices, the new building features spacious workstations on wide-open, sun-splashed floors that include team and huddle rooms for informal gatherings. Another conference room features “telepresence” screens that let executives confer with counterparts from Paris to Shanghai. Seventy percent of the building’s 500 employees work in open spaces.

“The old place was a little tired,” said chief executive Mike Mahoney, 49, who approved plans for the Marlborough headquarters shortly after taking the helm nearly two years ago. “We wanted to create an environment that engages our employees, that’s more collaborative, that has proper amenities. Employees spend so much of their time here.”

It’s also designed to impress customers, including the many doctors who visit the company’s business units next door.

Boston Scientific spent about $40 million to build the headquarters and renovate three buildings on a campus where 1,800 people work. Amenities — some of which are still being built — include a day-care center, fitness center, basketball and volleyball courts, and softball, soccer, and cricket fields.

Boston Scientific bought the original three buildings on the Marlborough campus — home to Stratus Computer Inc. during the minicomputer era — in 2003 and, after two years of remodeling, began moving in during 2005. It broke ground on the headquarters building in May 2013. By the end of this month, the last employees will have moved here from the Natick campus, which was sold to computer software maker MathWorks Inc.


While it is more modern and efficient, the new campus, with a total of 613,000 square feet of building space, is smaller than the Natick facility, which also had four buildings but 850,000 square feet. The move allowed the company to consolidate two campuses that were each about 40 percent empty.

Boston Scientific, which has about 2,350 employees in Massachusetts, also runs a large distribution center in Quincy and has other operations in Burlington, Lowell, and Cambridge.

The new headquarters lobby, dubbed the Beehive, is meant to convey “a sense of energy, brand, and culture,” said Paul Donhauser, the director of global facilities and real estate.

Visitors are greeted by a 55-inch interactive touch screen that displays Boston Scientific’s history, products, and patient stories. Looking down on the lobby are conference rooms, training rooms, and an “innovation cafe” designed for the exchange of ideas.

“This is where we create a lot of buzz,” Donhauser said.

Donhauser, who oversaw the planning of the headquarters, visited the Massachusetts sites of medical technology rivals such as Johnson & Johnson and Phillips Healthcare, as well as some of the famed high-tech campuses in California. After conferring with corporate colleagues in the human resources, quality, regulatory, compliance, finance, and legal departments, among others, he ultimately decided on a campus that was open but still had an adult feel.


“We didn’t want to go too Google, because it’s not Boston Scientific,” he said.

But the company does want to attract young technology talent. To compete with the software and biotech startups in Cambridge, it has begun running daily shuttle buses that ferry employees from several sites in Boston to the Marlborough campus and back.

“We want to be a high-performance company,” Mahoney said. “We have unique transportation for employees who live in Boston.”

Robert Weisman can be reached at robert.weisman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter@GlobeRobW.