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Palm Tran Seeks Public Art for New Bus Transit HQ

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Palm Tran Seeks Public Art for New Bus Transit HQ



Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places program seeks to commission an artist or artist team (Artist) to design, construct and install art to enhance, and make more visible to the public, Palm Tran’s new headquarters building.  Designs shall be inspired by concepts of movement, mobility & community transportation.

Budget:  $193,500.  Selected Finalists will receive a $2,000 fee to prepare a concept proposal.

Eligibility: Open to all professional artists who are United States residents with experience creating (designing, fabricating and installing) integrated public art environments. The commissioned Artist must hire Florida-licensed design professionals to develop and provide permit ready plans.

Project Context

In 2015 and 2016, the City of Delray Beach facilitated meetings of a Congress Avenue Task Force to set a vision for the future of the Congress Avenue corridor. A fundamental conclusion of the Task Force was for Congress Avenue to assume its own unique identity, which would include attention to aesthetics and amenities along the roadway frontage that would serve to activate the corridor and deliver a distinct sense of place. Areas dedicated to public art were identified as one such approach to transform this vision into reality.

About Palm Tran and Headquarters Facility

Palm Tran is the public transit bus system run by the Palm Beach County Government, serving Palm Beach County, Florida. Palm Tran provides 10 million annual passenger trips. Palm Tran’s Mission is to provide access to opportunity for everyone; safely, efficiently and courteously. Palm Tran’s Vision is to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work and play in Palm Beach County. Palm Trans’ expanded facility will support Palm Tran’s system wide functions and provide for long term expansion and addition of bus routes in the south part of the County. For more information about Palm Tran, visit their website:

Project Goals

  • Create art inspired by concepts of movement and mobility and community transit.
  • Create art that enhances the facility’s visibility and service to the public.
  • Create facility enhancements with materials that require minimal maintenance and will withstand the intense local environment (sun, high winds, salty moist air, and rain).
  • Create artistic enhancements that complement the architecture, style, scale, medium and integrity of Palm Tran’s Headquarter facility and surrounding neighborhood.

Estimated Timeline (The County reserves the right to alter these dates as necessary)

  • Call to Artist Announced – April 4, 2017
  • Q&A Deadline – April 19, 2017
  • Submittal Deadline – April 27, 2017
  • Short List Selection – May 5, 2017
  • Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference Call – May 10, 2017
  • Finalist Selection – June 26, 2017
  • Execute Artist Contract – by July 31, 2017
  • 50% Construction Documents – by September 29, 2017
  • 95% Construction Documents – by February 2018
  • Construction – June thru October 2019

Selection Process and Criteria

Up to three Finalists will be short-listed based on the following:

  • Quality and strength of past work as demonstrated in the submitted application materials
  • Demonstrated ability to design, construct and install art of a similar scale.

Three locations have been identified for possible art integration.  Only one location will be implemented for the $193,500 budget.

A complete Short List submittal consists of the following:

  1. Digital Images of Past Work: A total of ten (10) images of at least three (3) different completed artworks or projects. At least one project must feature the artist’s ability to create architecturally integrated artistic environments. Only submit images of projects that have been realized to final completion. Images of proposals, models, computer generated images and/or incomplete projects will not be reviewed and may disqualify the artist from this proposal. Submit in .jpg file format. Each file should be labeled with artist’s surname and image number to correspond with the annotated image list. Please provide images that are 1920 pixels maximum on the longest side, 72 dpi with compression settings resulting in the best image quality under 2MB file size.
  2. Letter of Interest: Express your interest in this project and address how you/your team’s past work demonstrate that you can meet the project’s goals. Please include name, address, email, phone and website on this document (1 page maximum).
  3. Annotated Image List: Include the following information for each image: number, artist name(s), title of work/project, location of project, materials used, dimensions, budget, and name of commissioning agency and a sentence about artwork. Please include name, address, email, phone and website on this document.
  4. Resume: Emphasize professional Public Art experience. (2 page maximum per team member). Please include name, address, email, phone and website on this document.

How to Submit

Download complete RFQ to review all project information and requirements.  Submittal deadline is April 27, 2017 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Submittals should be MAILED on one CD-ROM or thumb drive and include one printed copy of the Letter of Interest, Annotated Image List, and Resume. Do not staple or bind. Excess material will not be presented to the Short List Panel. Materials will not be returned.

Hand deliver or mail submittal materials to: Palm Beach County Art in Public Places, 2633 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33411. ATTN: Palm Tran Headquarters

QUESTIONS?  Send questions to – Subject line: “Artist Question, Last Name, First Name.” All questions and answers will be documented in an Amendment to the Call to Artists which will be posted on Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places website.  The deadline to submit questions is April 19. The Call to Artists and Amendments will be posted on Palm Beach County’s Public Art website: It is the sole responsibility of proposers to routinely check this website for any Amendments that may have been issued prior to the deadline for receipt of proposals.