Cummins Corporate Office Building

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Cummins Corporate Office Building
Aerial view of the building
Aerial view, Cerealine building center
Former namesCerealine building
General information
TypeCorporate headquarters
Architectural styleModernist
Address500 Jackson Street
Town or cityColumbus, Indiana
Coordinates39°12′22″N 85°55′27″W / 39.20612°N 85.92405°W / 39.20612; -85.92405Coordinates: 39°12′22″N 85°55′27″W / 39.20612°N 85.92405°W / 39.20612; -85.92405
Completed1983
Technical details
Structural systemPrecast concrete and glass
Floor area200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2)
Design and construction
OwnerCummins
ArchitectKevin Roche
Architecture firmKevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates
 
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Cummins Corporate Office Building
Aerial view of the building
Aerial view, Cerealine building center
Former namesCerealine building
General information
TypeCorporate headquarters
Architectural styleModernist
Address500 Jackson Street
Town or cityColumbus, Indiana
Coordinates39°12′22″N 85°55′27″W / 39.20612°N 85.92405°W / 39.20612; -85.92405Coordinates: 39°12′22″N 85°55′27″W / 39.20612°N 85.92405°W / 39.20612; -85.92405
Completed1983
Technical details
Structural systemPrecast concrete and glass
Floor area200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2)
Design and construction
OwnerCummins
ArchitectKevin Roche
Architecture firmKevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

The Cummins Corporate Office Building in Columbus, Indiana is a modernist office building designed by Kevin Roche.[1] Constructed in 1983, the building serves as the corporate headquarters of the Cummins engine company. It was constructed on an old railroad yard and is unique for being built around the Cerealine Building, which was Cummins' first factory building.[2]

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Background

As part of its commitment to the architecture of Columbus, Indiana, the Cummins engine company provided funds to building projects in the town that made use of world famous architects.[3] When it decided to construct a new corporate headquarters, it turned to renowned Pritzker Prize winning architect, Kevin Roche.[4]

Structure

The building is built on a three-block plot of land that formerly served as a rail yard in downtown Columbus. As part of its distinctive construction, Roche built the new precast concrete structure around the original Cerealine Building which served as Cummins' first factory and administrative officers.[2][5] The original building was also renovated to serve as the cafeteria for the employees of the company.[2]

Roche used precast concrete and glass as his primary building elements in the 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) building.[6] Jack Curtis executed the landscaping for the facility, including the large open green area on the eastern side that is open to the public as a park.[6] The building aged well since its construction. As of 2010 it remains in use by Cummins as its headquarters.[7]

Sculpture

As part of the construction, Roche incorporated a Rudolph de Harak sculpture known as the "Exploded Engine," in the lobby of the building.[1]

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