Cummins Foundation considers collaboration on landscape design at AirPark college campus

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Cummins Foundation is announcing its possible support for a new, tentative project on the airpark campus.

The Community Education Coalition (CEC) announced a “potential collaboration” with the foundation Thursday on a possible landscape design project for the AirPark Columbus College Campus.

“We are excited about the possibility of supporting this important landscape design work and continuing our collaborative partnership with the educational institutions on the AirPark Campus to maintain our commitment to both the architectural and educational excellence in Columbus,” said Mary Chandler, vice president of corporate responsibility for Cummins Inc. and CEO of the Cummins Foundation, in an official statement.

The Cummins Foundation Architecture Program has recommended four firms for consideration: Reed Hilderbrand of Cambridge, Massachusetts.; Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) of Seattle, Washington.; Merritt Chase of Indianapolis; and Studio Zewde of Harlem, New York.

A “Request for Partnership” (RFP) document has been shared with the firms, said CEC executive director Kathy Oren, who is a co-convener of the potential project’s guiding team.

“That one document outlines what we’re asking of these partners as they’re vying for this selection to do this project,” she said. “And we’re calling it a ‘request for partnership’ because it’s really about finding a firm that will work well with us and will work with our campus and our community as a partner to really think through the future of the landscape.”

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