DAVID RUBIN Land Collective is honored to have designed the landscape of the new Cummins, Inc. Distribution (DBU) Headquarters in Indianapolis, working in collaboration with architects Deborah Berke & Partners (DBP). Cummins, the leader in alternative propulsion technologies, has a long history of cultivating the work of significant building and landscape architects, including the likes of I.M. Pei, Eero & Eliel Saarinen, Dan Kiley, and Michael Van Valkenburgh. Founder J. Irwin Miller and his wife, Xenia, appreciated the added value of designed spaces in civic and work experiences.
The Cummins Distribution Headquarters (DBU) establishes work environments that reflect the company ethos – centered on innovation, meritocracy, and design quality – while creating an inviting urban amenity for the citizens of Indianapolis. DAVID RUBIN Land Collective’s design creates a landscape that extends opportunities for employees to choose where and how to be their most creative selves from within the building to the outdoors. From an amphitheater for large gatherings, to intimate contemplative spaces, the landscape offers flexible, adaptable work environments.
Beyond facilitating creativity among Cummins employees, this landscape promotes vibrant civic life. This myriad of environments serves as a public amenity and community destination, purposefully situated along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Given the company’s regional influence as a forward-thinking entity, ecological sustainability supports social purpose, featuring a diverse planting palette that emphasizes seasonal and sensory change, heat island mitigation, and 100% of stormwater captured on site. Blurring the lines between corporate campus and civic amenity, the landscape features flexible, collaborative spaces in a publicly-accessible, privately-held park centered on uplifting all.
There are 24,300 square feet of landscape over occupied spaces in this project.