Cummins expansion in Columbus

January 24, 2008
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Cummins BuildingCummins Inc. plans to build a four-story, 100,000-square-foot building as part of a revitalization of the old Commons Mall in Columbus. The project calls for demolishing much of the mall and replacing it with a new hotel, conference center and additional retail space. Indianapolis-based Dora Brothers Hospitality Corp. has nearly finished a new Hotel Indigo in the complex and also will build the new building for Cummins (shown here). Cummins is adding 500 employees to its roster of more than 5,000. The project was designed by Boston-based Koetter Kim & Associates and locally based CSO. What do you think?
  • its kind of ugly( thats just my thought) but it should help the area.
  • I wouldn't call it horrible, but it is just kind of blah. I really think that a few minor design changes could really make great deal of improvement.
  • Gee, it looks like something that might get built in Indianapolis, which is a shame given Columbus' rich architectural history.
  • It is impossible to judge from this size of an image. Judging from their portfolio, they do some very finely detailed, well composed buildings. This rendering does not prove those merits in of itself, but does not make it impossible by any stretch.
  • At first glance, it seems to grab and expand upon themes and proportions from the Irwin Union Bank and Cummins HQ which are both nearby. As anhe says, it's hard to tell from this rendering.
  • Cory.
    Thanks for giving Columbus a little pub. It's kind of different working down here. On the one hand, there is some fantastic architecture. On the other, you're definitely still in Southern Indiana.

    Situated almost perfectly mid-way between Indy and Louisville, you could almost see people living in Columbus and commuting to either city. And trust me, an hour of driving 75 on open highway is a heckuva lot better than sitting for an hour in gridlock.

    But for all the expansion in this city (there's actually a thriving housing market here, fancy that), there is distinct lack of quality eating establishments. Texas Roadhouse is seriously considered as a good night out.

    So if there are any restaurateurs looking to start up a new business, or expand a small local chain, please consider Columbus. I'm tired of eating at a NASCAR-themed diner for lunch every day!
  • Nice expansion for Cummins. Anything for Sieman's?!
  • Obviously, 'Athens' has moved from Greece to south central Indiana.
  • Bradshaw, maybe you can persuade Yats to open up a shop there. I'm surprised that the Tony Stewart DQ is still the only thing downtown, since Cummins HQ is there.

    I commuted to Columbus from Indy for a year or two. It wasn't too bad a drive, but that was a long time ago.
  • Helen, if you think that's ugly, you should see the mall that it's replacing.
  • Thundermutt,

    Would LOVE to get a Yats in downtown!

    Admittedly I don't know their financial situation at all, but it almost seems as if they are expanding a little overaggressively. I don't want them having to close down shops a la Dick's Bodacious BBQ.

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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!