Poulin + Morris designed an unusual corporate museum for Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana which highlights the past, present, and future of one of the world’s leading engine-producing companies. It also enriches the headquarters’ work environment and communicates to the Cummins employee and visitor the history of Cummins Engine Company, from its beginnings to present.
Employees, tourists, tour groups, architectural students, and clients view a collection of restored, early engines (including the first diesel-powered race car in the Indianapolis 500, from 1952), an audio-visual presentation showing the race car in action, cranks and camshafts, current engine models in production, an audio-visual film of the history of the company, and a timeline of Cummins history. The centerpiece of the Museum is the company’s largest engine, disassembled into approximately 400 parts, suspended in tension by stainless steel cables, spanning a 2-story space. The presence of this unique centerpiece, as well as a changing display of the company’s current engine line, allows the Museum to also function as a hands-on product marketing center.
The Museum, measuring over 7,000 square feet, enhances the relationship between the company’s product—diesel engines, and its dedication to great design, namely, the engines themselves and the new corporate headquarters building. Industrial equipment has been taken out of the shop and treated as an art form.
Poulin + Morris was also responsible for a comprehensive environmental graphics and wayfinding sign program for this headquarters facility.
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Cummins Engine Corporate Museum
Cummins Engine Company
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