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WMATA’s Art in Transit Program is soliciting qualifications from accomplished artists or artist teams to create site-specific public artworks, funded by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), for the future Reston Town Center and Ashburn Stations on the Silver Line in Fairfax and Loudoun County, Virginia. This is a RFQ from interested Artists/Artist teams who wish to be considered for a procurement that will include design, construction services, and installation.
BUDGET: $500,000 (2 commissions @ $250,000 each; same artist could execute both)
ELIGIBILITY: Experienced professional artists
DEADLINE: 11/24/2019 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time
Full RFQ with images of project sites is available here.
The MWAA is managing the design and construction of the Silver Line Project, a 23-mile two-phase 11-station extension to the existing Metrorail system, which will be operated by the Authority. The Silver Line connects to the Orange Line East Falls Church station and extends to Washington Dulles International Airport and west to Ashburn, Virginia in eastern Loudoun County. Construction on Phase 2, consists of six stations that will serve the Reston-Herndon area of Fairfax County, Dulles International Airport, and eastern Loudoun County. Three of these stations are located in Fairfax County, including Reston Town Center, and three are in Loudoun County, including Ashburn. Four artists have already been commissioned to create artwork for four Phase 2 Metrorail stations. For more information about the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, please visit
Through this RFQ, the Authority is seeking to select Artists/Artist teams to create site-specifics, integrated artwork for the Silver Line Phase II Reston Town Center and Ashburn Stations. The artist(s)/Artist team(s) selected through this RFQ will collaborate with AIT, the Authority’s Silver Line Project Office, MWAA, and the design-build contractor to design and create an artwork.
ARTWORK LOCATION DESCRIPTION
The Ashburn Station will serve Ashburn, Loudoun Station development, Moorefield Station development, and Brambleton.
The Reston Town Center Station will serve the west Reston area and Reston Town Center.
Due to the advanced stage of constructions of the stations, the Authority has identified the following locations within the stations as recommended potential sites for artworks. These locations will allow for a better integration of the artworks within the existing structure. The Artists/Artist Teams should carefully study the locations listed and illustrated and clearly identify which location(s) they are considering in their response to this RFQ. (Note that dimensions of these spaces and additional information will be provided to semifinalists asked for a proposal.)
The Authority has a history of, and expectation for design excellence and is seeking to obtain unique, memorable, and engaging site-specific, public artworks for both the Ashburn and Reston Town Center Metrorail stations. The Artist/Artists teams shall develop aesthetically attractive
public artworks that capture the Authority’s mission and reflect the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of the surrounding communities. Consideration shall be given to creative uses of materials, massing, scale, form, texture, and detailing. Artworks shall be visually attractive,
innovative, as well as durable. The selected site-specific artworks should impart a sense of pride within the local community and provide a stimulating and attractive environment for the people who will experience the artworks on a daily basis.
Select finalists will be asked to consider the following principles when developing their design:
The selection panel will consider all artwork in all media and materials.
An artist selection panel led by AIT and comprising art and design professionals and community representatives, intends to select at least three (3) best artists/artist teams per station. The three (3) selected Artists/Artist teams will receive a $1,500 design fee to prepare and submit a site-specific artwork proposal that will comply with the prescribed concepts. The Authority expects the proposals to include all premiums required to complete the project on or ahead of the schedule listed in the present RFQ. As part of the proposal, the Artists/Artist teams are expected to provide a site-specific design and estimated costs for engineering and architectural services, technical, professional, clerical and other services necessary as well as schedules required for the fabrication and installation to complete the artwork. The Artists/Artist teams’ experience and professional record should provide convincing evidence of ability to successfully complete the project as proposed. An Artist Selection Panel led by AIT will rank each site-specific artwork. The Authority’s Office of Material and Procurement (PRMT) will enter into negotiations
with the top ranked Artists/Artist teams to finalize the contract award process.
The Art panel will be using the following criteria to evaluate each artist/artist’s team submission during stage 1 and stage 2 of the selection process:
WHAT TO SUBMIT
The applicant(s) name(s) must appear on all materials submitted.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Qualifications for the Work described herein shall be submitted to the Contract Administrator through the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Project Management Software System (Procore). Access to the Authority’s ProCore will be made available to the Applicant upon receipt of an e-mail sent to the Contract Administrator (Robert Dixon, email@example.com) with the Proposer contact name, e- mail address, company name, and company physical address.
QUESTIONS? Contact Robert Dixon, firstname.lastname@example.org
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