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Waltham office building shows revitalized 128

Posted by Martin Finucane May 14, 2007 11:01 AM


Employees of software company Pyxis Mobile Inc. remember feeling lonely in 2003 when they moved into Reservoir Place, a sprawling silver office building overlooking Route 128, the Globe reports today.

"You'd walk down the corridors, and you'd hear the echoes," recalled T. L. Neff, executive vice president of Pyxis, which makes software that puts financial data on BlackBerry mobile devices.

Today, he has plenty of company. Occupancy at Reservoir Place, a 530,000-square-foot building with a signature clock tower over its main entrance, has climbed to 92 percent after dipping below 70 percent in 2002 when the dot-com frenzy evaporated. The building's atriums are filled with young techies, some in shorts and polo shirts, sipping cups of espresso and tapping away on wireless laptops.

The scene is much the same elsewhere on the high-tech belt known as Route 128 West, a ribbon of highway running from Lexington to Needham through rolling hills studded with office parks.

-- Robert Weisman

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