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Howard County, Maryland (the “County”) desires to secure the professional services of qualified artists (“Artists”) for the purpose of commissioning artworks. The County seeks to commission up to three artworks to be installed at its new Circuit Courthouse, which is currently being designed by Edgemoor-Star America Judicial Partners (ESJP). Permanent public interior and exterior Artwork pieces are planned. For purposes of this Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI), Artist is a defined term to include an individual artist or an artist team and respondents to this REOI that submit the required online application materials.
Budget: $460,000 (total for 3 artworks, all-inclusive; permitting fees waived and installation equipment may be provided)
Eligibility: Professional artists living in the United States; see full RFQ for additional eligibility requirements and restrictions
Deadline: 03/29/2019 3:00 PM Central Time
Review the full RFQ here.
The County is ideally located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC and has grown substantially in population to over 325,000 today. It is known for the best schools in Maryland, and is now one of the top 10 wealthiest counties in the nation. Under a home rule charter since 1968, Howard County is governed by an elected County Executive and a five-member County Council.
Howard County officially became the 21st of Maryland’s 23 counties in 1851. It was named in honor of John Eager Howard, statesman, soldier and fifth governor of Maryland. Howard County was mainly farming and hunting grounds for the Native Americans until 1687 when Adam Shipley was granted property on the Patapsco River from Lord Baltimore and started the farming tradition. The County’s history included the Carroll family, signers of the Declaration of Independence and one of Americas wealthiest families, and the Ellicott brothers. Ellicott Mills was founded by Joseph, Andrew and John Ellicott, three brothers from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in about 1772. The Ellicotts selected a site to build a mill where the Patapsco River cut a ravine through two rock escarpments. They established a flour mill on the Patapsco River and went on to create the largest pig iron foundry on the east coast, and Ellicott Mills, one of the greatest milling and manufacturing towns in the east at that time. The railroad was key to the second phase of Ellicott’s Mills’ growth. Completed in 1830, the B&O Railroad from Baltimore to Ellicott’s Mills was the first commercial railroad built in the United States. They also built roads, bridges, a wharf in Baltimore, schools, and the first part of the National Road that was later to become America’s first interstate highway. The access provided by the railroad and improved roads attracted more people to the growing town, then part of Anne Arundel County. Population growth led to the creation in 1840 of a new Howard District, and a new courthouse was planned and constructed in Ellicott’s Mills in 1841-1843. This structure, built of granite in the Neo-Classic Revival style, continues to serve as a courthouse as well as a local historic landmark. The County’s current courthouse has been periodically renovated and was last expanded in 1983.
The Howard County Circuit Court is part of the Judicial Branch of government and is a court of general jurisdiction. Circuit Court hears jury trials, juvenile, family law, serious criminal matters and complex civil matters. Circuit Court also hears appeals from the District Court of Maryland, Orphans’ Court and Administrative Agencies. The Howard County Circuit Court strives to apply the law fairly and timely while treating all who come before the Court with respect and dignity.
Artwork Location Description
The County will open the new Howard County Circuit Courthouse at 9250 Judicial Way, Ellicott City, MD 21043 in July 2021. The site is located near Routes 29 and 108 and it is bordered on one side by a multi-family development and by limited commercial development. The new courthouse site is approximately 14 acres of a 27-acre, County-owned site. The existing facilities on the 27-acre site will be demolished.
The new Howard County Circuit Courthouse will consist of 238,000 square feet of space in a four-story building. The new courthouse will also include a four-story atrium and a small café. The site will include a parking structure with about 682 spaces adjacent to the courthouse with expansion space for two new 200,000 square feet office buildings. The new courthouse has a goal of meeting a minimum rating of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver.
The County’s website presents information on the new Circuit Courthouse project. Please visit https://www.howardcountymd.gov/howardcourthouse for preliminary renderings and a computer-generated building model of the ESJP new Courthouse design. Additional information on the Howard County Circuit Courthouse is also featured.
This REOI seeks to commission works of art of redeeming quality that enhance the aesthetic quality of the new Circuit Courthouse through the selection of qualified Artists that can creatively and thoughtfully design within the context of this project. The essential goals include design and creation of Artworks that:
Additional goals should include, where possible, enhancing the civic meaning of Courthouse architecture; providing a welcoming and calming effect for visitors to the County’s Circuit Courthouse; and, conveying the historical significance of the current Circuit Courthouse. The selected artwork will invite people to respect the seriousness of the court activities and distinguish this building as a special place.
The County is committed to the stewardship of our environment, and the selected artwork should demonstrate a commitment to responsible fabrication and resourcing, and passive or low-energy use. The artwork should be effectively integrated into the environment, and consider both available natural and artificial light sources, and viewing from multiple vantage points and elevations.
An Artist may apply for up to three artwork locations. Artists should identify in the transmittal letter which artwork location(s) and piece(s) of art they will propose to design, create, fabricate and install. No proposals are sought at this time.
After evaluation of the Expressions of Interest, Artists will be ranked by the County’s Artist Selection Committee. A minimum of two top-ranked Artists will be interviewed for the artwork to be designed, created and installed at each site location described previously and identified. The selection of the top-ranked Artist will be based on this interview and the evaluation of qualifications.
Artists will be selected based on experience and qualifications using the following criteria:
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