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Cummins’ Indianapolis Headquarters – new beginnings


In a matter of days, Cummins will celebrate the grand opening of its new global distribution headquarters in Indianapolis. A marriage of innovative architectural and landscape design, Cummins has transformed an entire city block from a parking lot to a sustainable building and public greenspace where the former Market Square Arena once stood. The project is a testament to the creativity of an exceptional owner, designer and construction team working together towards a shared vision – creating a space that inspires.

The nine-story office building and public greenspace was designed by Deborah Berke Partners and RATIO architects. F.A. Wilhelm Construction was hired to provide construction management for the project, including construction of the building, the parking garage and to build out the green spaces that now cover more than an acre of the site.

From the transparent façade seamlessly integrating into the skyline to the welcoming plaza beckoning visitors, the entire campus is built to connect – to its environment, to its neighbors, and to the fabric of the Circle City. Both inside and out, warm and inviting spaces showcase innovation, creativity and community – fully reflecting Cummins’ mission of “everything we do leads to a cleaner, healthier (and) safer environment.”

Michael Greven, Senior Project Manager at Wilhelm, explained that the success of the project was a direct result of how well everyone worked together throughout the process; especially as continual design changes occurred throughout construction.

Doug May, Wilhelm’s Project Superintendent, on the project explained that the design and coordination of the highly integrated electrical, AV, lighting and data systems required extensive coordination and several meetings.

Preconstruction efforts required detailed estimates allowing the project team to constantly keep the owner abreast of their overall budget status. With the design coordination additions that took place after the contracts were awarded it would have been very difficult for the project team to assure the owner the project would be on budget if it were not for the detailed preconstruction estimate.

Both Greven and May are extremely proud of how the project turned out. “It’s a beautiful piece of architecture – one that can set the tone for what future office space should look like,” Greven said.

On January 5, Cummins will celebrate the grand opening of its downtown Indianapolis Distribution Headquarters – a building and campus whose innovative design combined with the creative approach to their construction has changed the landscape and will usher in a new era of sustainability in downtown Indianapolis.

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