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The City of Coral Gables requests qualifications from professional working artists for consideration to create iconic artwork for the City’s new Public Safety Building. Artwork is sought that serves as a memorial to and honors our public safety professionals. The selected artist/artist team will be required to work
directly with Public Safety officials prior to developing concept proposals.
ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists over 18
DEADLINE: May 15, 2020
About Coral Gables, Florida
The City of Coral Gables, The City Beautiful, is a progressive, international, coastal, and historic City. Coral Gables has a population of 51,000 residents, has a vibrant downtown, and is home to the University of Miami. It is proud to be ranked by Forbes.com ninth out of America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well, and America’s sixth most successful walkable suburb by the Wall Street Journal.
The City of Coral Gables is unique among the communities of Miami-Dade County in that it can trace its beginning to the early 20th century City Beautiful movement. The spirit of the City Beautiful movement was rooted in the notion that if cities were to be the centers of American progress then the infrastructure of those cities should be something that was celebrated. From tree plantings, to a robust street construction program, to key infill investments in the downtown core, the City of Coral Gables carries on that legacy today in its approach to public works and planning.
In the past three decades, the City has experienced healthy growth, which bolstered the economic base. Growth in the commercial sector has brought in new activities for residents, including nighttime entertainment, live music, new retail options, and casual and fine dining. It has also helped maintain low
property taxes. Today, Coral Gables is home to approximately 155 multinationals and 26 consulates and trade offices.
The City supports the residential and business sectors with excellent City services, having attained the highest possible standards in every field. In fact, Coral Gables is the only City in the State of Florida and one of only two cities nationwide to have a Class 1 Fire Department, a fully-accredited Police Department, and the highest awarded Building and Zoning Department rating. In addition, Coral Gables has been named a “Tree City USA” for 26 consecutive years, has an award-winning Communications Division, and offers a comprehensive Parks and Recreation program.
The City of Coral Gables is completing construction of a new, state of the art Public Safety Building to replace a deteriorating existing Public Safety Administration Building. The new building will function as the City’s Police Headquarters and Administration Department, Fire Department Administration
Department, 911 Call Center and First Responders Dispatch Center, EOC Command and Operations, and Fire Station 1.
The site is 39,387 sf and is bound by 3 roads, Alcazar Avenue, Salzedo Street and Minorca Avenue, which provides great accessibility, visibility, and the advantage of being within the urban City core. The new facility consists of a single five-story building and an adjacent secured parking garage. Impact to the neighborhood is anticipated to be minimal.
The New Public Safety Building will function as an office facility, but also operate 24 hours, 7 days per week as the Police Headquarters and Fire Station 1. The development will comply with all applicable laws and ordinances; including Green Buildings sustainable design practices and LEED Silver certification.
The new Public Safety Building is designed by AECOM Technical Services, Inc. with the following highlights:
Artwork is sought that serves as a memorial to fallen officers and firefighters while honoring all public safety officials. A design that includes a water feature is preferred. Public art opportunities include:
Members of the City’s Arts Advisory Panel will evaluate artist qualifications as set forth in the Coral Gables Art in Public Places Program: Funding, Goals and Implementation Guidelines. A list of artists will be selected to interview remotely, followed by a short-list of artists invited for a site visit and interviews with public safety officials. Based on current travel restrictions and public health protocol, the second phase of interviews and subsequent work may take place remotely with designated public safety officials making the final selection of an artist or artist team to work with.
The selected artist will enter into an agreement with the City to work directly with Public Safety officials and develop design concept proposals for the City to consider. Once a proposal is agreed upon and approved by the City Commission, the artist or artist team will enter into a separate agreement for final design drawings, fabrication, and installation.
Qualifying Artist Criteria
What to Submit
We encourage third parties, including gallery representatives, to submit qualifications on behalf of an artist. Following the RFQ process, follow-ups, contracts, and concept proposal requests will be communicated directly with the artist or their studio designee.
How to Submit
Submit online only, via Submittable.
QUESTIONS? Contact Catherine Cathers, Arts & Culture Specialist, 305.460-5094 or CCathers@coralgables.com
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