The threat of inclement weather over central Indiana couldn’t dampen the excitement as executives from Cummins, along with high-ranking elected officials, broke ground on the company’s global Distribution Business headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.
The $30 million office tower, expected to open in late 2016, will feature a progressive look with abundant natural light and a collaborative work environment on the site of the former Market Square Arena in the block bordered by Market, Alabama, Washington and New Jersey streets.
“We are thrilled to take another step toward creating a dynamic headquarters for our Distribution Business that will provide a warm and inviting space for our employees and visitors that will also contribute to the downtown landscape,” said Tony Satterthwaite, president of Distribution Business at Cummins. “We are equally excited to further contribute to the local economy and the community, including helping revitalize the near-eastside of Indianapolis.”
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Cummins Chief Administrative Officer Marya Rose also participated in the ceremony, along with two Indiana members of Congress, Reps. Andre Carson, D-Ind., and Susan Brooks, R-Ind.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said he was especially excited by the green space running along the west side of the property that will border the city’s Cultural Trail.
“Cummins’ innovative design for its new downtown Indianapolis campus will serve as an anchor for redevelopment in the Market East district and bring new vitality to the area. This project raises the bar for architecture in Indy and will stand as a bold and visually compelling gateway into the city,” Ballard said.
Building architect Deborah Berke Partners said the building will include flexible office space with ample views and natural light.
“The floors are designed to provide a modern, flexible working arrangement that caters to employees’ diverse preferences and work styles,” Berke said.
The company’s plans for the site also include a conference center and a parking garage.
Cummins’ Distribution Business is one of the company’s four business units. It sells Cummins products in more than 190 countries around the world.
The company’s corporate headquarters will remain in Columbus, where Cummins was founded 96 years ago.