Cummins Inc. today (March 8) broke ground on its global distribution business headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.

The distinctive office tower will feature a progressive look reflecting Cummins’ technological focus, with abundant natural light and a collaborative work environment. The tower will also include retail on the first floor and plentiful greenspace around the property. The company expects the building, which will occupy four acres where Market Square Arena previously stood, to open in late 2016.

“We are thrilled to take another step toward creating a dynamic headquarters for our distribution business that will provide a warm and inviting space for our employees and visitors that will also contribute to the downtown landscape,” said Tony Satterthwaite, President of the distribution business at Cummins. “We are equally excited to further contribute to the local economy and the community, including helping revitalize the near-eastside of Indianapolis.”

Mayor Greg Ballard said he’s especially excited by the green space that will border the city’s Cultural Trail running along the west side of the property. “Cummins’ innovative design for its new downtown Indianapolis campus will serve as an anchor for redevelopment in the Market East district and bring new vitality to the area. This project raises the bar for architecture in Indy and will stand as a bold and visually compelling gateway into the city,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

Cummins’ distribution business is one of the company’s four business units. It sells the full range of Cummins products for more than 20 application segments in more than 190 countries around the world. The company’s corporate headquarters will remain in Columbus, Ind., where Cummins was founded 96 years ago.