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Request for Qualifications 

Integrated Artwork

Ground Level

Pittsburgh International Airport, Allegheny County Airport Authority

Budget: $400,000

Deadline: February 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST


1. Overview: 

Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) is building a new terminal and multi-modal transportation complex at Pittsburgh International Airport. The result of the Terminal Modernization Program (TMP) will be an improved passenger experience and better sense of the culture and amenities of the Pittsburgh region. The conceptual framework for the facilities’ design is Nature, Technology, and Community.

The Art in the Airport Program plans to expand with the TMP, including new permanent commissions and places for temporary art and performances. The ACAA is seeking an artist to collaborate with architects designing the terminal to create an integrated artwork located on the ground level of the terminal. The project site includes interior and exterior locations, and the opportunity to influence the use and aesthetic of materials chosen for walls, floor, ceiling, curb furniture, planters, and bollards. The project will be experienced by tens of thousands of visitors and employees who experience the airport on a daily basis. 

For more information about the TMP project, visit: https://pittransformed.com/

For more information about the Art in the Airport Program, visit: http://www.flypittsburgh.com/art

2. Project Architects and Project Team

The design team for the terminal includes Gensler+HDR in association with luis vidal + architects and Michael Baker International. The project team includes members of the design team, ACAA’s Arts and Culture Manager, other ACAA staff, and the design team’s public art consultant. 

3. Project Description:

From the airport entrance to the jetway, the design of the new facilities is an opportunity to deliver a vibrant, welcoming environment. The Ground Level arrivals curb provides passengers and visitors with an important impression of the terminal and a potential first experience of the Pittsburgh region. Physically, it is the place where the terminal and the landscape meet. Conceptually, it is a place where the Pittsburgh community and the world connect.

The Airport Authority is seeking an artist to collaborate with the Terminal Modernization Program design team to make the experience of this location memorable and welcoming, using the overall TMP themes of Nature, Technology, and Community as a launching point. The artist, program architects and airport staff will collaborate to develop a concept for an integrated artwork that will impact the surfaces of the interior and exterior of the Ground level.  The program architects are currently in the Design Development phase and will be creating construction documents in 2020. 

The function and program of Ground Level is already determined and will include information desks/kiosks, circulation space, passenger waiting areas and seating. In addition, the ACAA has identified the Ground curb as a site for future temporary art installations in addition to this integrated artwork.

At this time, ACAA and architectural team intend that the integrated art project will be implemented by the TMP’s general contractor, although some elements may be fabricated by specialty contractors identified by the artist or the artist. This will be determined as part of the design process for the integrated artwork. Once the design is approved by the ACAA, it will be integrated into the bid documents. 

4. Artist’s Role in Design of Ground Level

The artist will collaborate with the project architects to create a concept for an integrated work of art composed of design enhancements for the Ground Level of the new terminal. The site features that are available for enhancement include the surfaces and treatments of interior walls, ceiling, and glass, as well as the bollards, furniture, and ground surface of the exterior ground curb.  

The artist will:

  • Collaborate with the project architects to create a design proposal for an integrated  work of art comprised of design enhancements. The design proposal will communicate the concept, aesthetic, and materiality of the design  enhancements and: 
  1. Identify strategies and locations for design enhancements using with materials selected with the project architects. Identify strategies and locations for design enhancements to aesthetically 
  2. connect the exterior and interior of the Ground Level. 
  3.  Identify specialty components, if any, that will be designed, fabricated, and installed by the artist separate from the design enhancements integrated into the construction documents. 
  4. Outline methods for implementing design enhancements in collaboration with the project architects. 
  5. Work with ACAA and the project architects to identify the location for temporary art on the Ground Level curb.
  • Present  a detailed visual and written proposal and accompanying project budget for the design to the ACAA, Art in the Airport Committee, and the Board of Trustees for review and approval.
  • Collaborate with the project architects to develop the implementation strategy for the design and work with the design team to include the design into the construction documents.
  • Review construction documents and shop drawings relevant to the design  enhancements. 
  • Visit the site during construction to review components relevant to the design proposal. 
  • Manage the design, fabrication, and installation of specialty components not integrated into the construction documents.

5. Approximate Project Schedule:

February 16, 2020 / Artist Application Deadline 11:59 PM EST

March  2020 / Artist Selection Complete

April– May, 2020/ Artist and Project Team Design Collaboration

May 2020 / Design Proposal Complete

June 2020 / Design Approved

June- July, 2020 / Construction Documents Created

July 2020 / Construction Documents Complete

July 2021 / Construction Begins

2023 / Construction Complete

This schedule is subject to change without notice.

6. Budget:

The art budget for this project is $400,000, of which up to $80,000 may be allocated as artist fee for design, project management, and artist travel and administrative costs. This budget includes:

1. Artist Fee and Expenses: artist fee for design and project management, costs of artist travel, insurance, materials, research, proposal preparation, and other expenses required by the artist to develop the design proposal, review construction documents, and review shop drawings. 

2. The cost of enhanced materials and treatment of materials not included in the construction budget.

3. The fabrication, transportation, and installation of any specialty components designed by the artist for the site that are not part of the construction of the facility.

7. Eligibility and Qualifications:

  • This opportunity is open to professional visual artists based in the United States of America. 
  • Artists must have experience working collaboratively with architects, landscape architects, engineers, or transportation planners.
  • Artists must have completed one temporary or permanent public art project with integrated design elements.
  • Artists who have completed at least one project of similar scale in a transportation setting are encouraged to apply.
  • Artist teams are welcome to apply. Teams must have at least one visual artist to qualify. 
  • Allegheny County Airport Authority staff, board members, and TMP consultants are not eligible to apply. Immediate family members of Allegheny County Airport Authority staff, board members, and TMP consultants are not eligible to apply. 

8. How to Apply:

Interested artists must submit an application through Submittable using this link: https://flypittsburgh.submittable.com/submit by the deadline of 11:59 PM EST on February 16, 2020. 

Artists must supply the following materials to complete an application.

Do not submit a proposal for a concept with your application. Artists who submit proposals will be disqualified and their submission will not be reviewed.

A. Work Samples. Up to fifteen images or video work samples depicting projects where you have worked on a design team or independently on projects that relate to this opportunity.

On Submittable, follow the upload instructions. For video work samples, please include the URL in addition to the video file, or you can choose to upload a still image from the video and a URL link if you do not wish to upload the entire video. If your video is password-protected, include the password. If you want to begin the play of your video at a specific time, provide the timecode. 

For all work samples, include the name of the work sample with each upload.

B. Work Sample Script. A script describing the submitted work samples. For each work sample, provide the title of the project, date completed, project budget and the art budget, name of client, name of design team collaborators (if any), location of project, and a description of your role as the artist on the project. 

C. Resume

D. Letter of Interest. In the letter, detail your experience working on design teams, your interest in this project, and your availability during the project schedule. Letter must not exceed two pages.

E. References. Three professional references. Include name, contact information, and a description of how they are familiar with your work. 

F. Assurances. Applicant must affirm that they have reviewed the required assurances in Exhibit A of this RFQ. The RFQ may be accessed here:  https://pittransformed.com/opportunities/business-opportunities/

Artist teams may submit up to fifteen work samples total for the team, resumes for each member, and a joint letter that details the information requested in (D) above. The letter must also state previous experience of members of the artist teams collaborating with each other. 

9. Information Session

Allegheny County Airport Authority will host an information session for artists on January 14, 2020, at 6 p.m. The information session will be held at the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, 100 43rd St., Unit 107, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During the information session, we will review the information presented in this RFQ and respond to questions. Artists do not need to attend the information session in order to apply to the RFQ. 

10. Questions:

Please direct questions about the opportunity via email to: TMPart@flypittsburgh.com

If you experience any technical difficulties while completing the form, please contact support@submittable.com.

A copy of this RFQ and the full text of the Grant Assurances are available here: https://pittransformed.com/business-opportunities/

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