The 60,000 square foot diesel engine distributorship and repair facility of Cummins Engine Company is located on the North side of Loop 610. The building’s main elevation integrates three critical components of the program: office area, vestibule/parts section, and drive-in repair shop with store and platforms – as if it were a single unified billboard. This main facade works as a prominent sign in the context where the building goes up, along the scattered non-descript warehouses that parallel the busy freeway. Because of the materials and systems used for its construction the building also provides a durable presence in a context of cheap and throwaway constructions.
The long-term repair shop and its enfilade of bays are located centered to the back of the frontal freeway elevation. The design objectives for the new facility included among others: developing prototypical elements and strategies that could be applied to future distributorships regardless of their size and location; working with demanding economies of cost; and establishing an identifiable Cummins distributorship in a flux of high velocity traffic.
Superficie Building size
5.500 m² 60,000 ft²
Cummins Southern Plains
Carlos Jiménez Studio, Houston, Texas
Equipo Project team
Carlos Jiménez Studio: Carlos Jiménez (director, autor del proyecto principal, project designer) John H. Bowley, AIA; David Vargo, AIA (arquitecto de proyecto project architect); Chad Johnson, Cris Ruebush, Russell Walker, Gerard Chong
Consultores Project consultants
Haynes Whaley Associates (estructura structure); CCRD Partners (MEP); R.G. Miller Engineers (ingeniería civil civil engineers); Kenneth E. Tand & Associates (ingeniería geotécnica geotechnical engineer); Randorff and Associates (acústica acoustic)
Keating Building Corporation
Paul Hester, Hester+Hardaway Photographers