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.
Focusing on opportunities to bring Cummins’ talent outdoors as working groups and individuals, the park/plaza design allows people to gather in a variety of environments, including a small amphitheater for events at the plaza center, an electronics-friendly harvest table, and intimate spaces for thoughtful meditation. Paving patterning is inspired by DBP’s “calibrated” building façade, as well as Cummins’ significant presence in the design of winning racing engines. Horticulture is lush, regionally appropriate, and maintainable. Although privately held, the site is publicly accessible, an inviting new urban amenity for citizens and visitors of Indianapolis.
There are 24,300 square feet of landscape over occupied spaces in this project; 100% of stormwater that hits the site is captured for re-use or percolation back into the aquafer.