Design Artist Needed for Pittsburgh International ...

Design Artist Needed for Pittsburgh International ...


 Pittsburgh, PA, Unknown

The Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) is seeking an artist to collaborate with the team of engineers and architects designing terminal roadways and bridges on a series of concrete walls, columns, and other supports connecting the new parking garage and the new terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport. The resulting project will be an integrated artwork visible to the thousands of visitors, and employees who experience the airport on a daily basis.

Budget: $75,000 (design fee only for this Phase 1; artist not responsible for construction; additional fees for involvement in Phase 2)
Eligibility: Professional artists based in the United States (additional experience requirements, see below)
Deadline: 09/16/2019 10:59 PM Central Time

Project Description
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 design team for the parking facility and terminal connection include engineers and architects from the Gensler+HDR JV in association with luis vidal architects and Michael Baker, Inc.; Members of the team have experience collaborating with artists on public art commissions. 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. The Art in the Airport Program plans to expand with the TMP, including new permanent commissions and places for temporary art and performances.

The project coordinators are seeking an artist to collaborate with the design team and the construction management team to make the experience memorable and interesting, using the overall TMP themes of Nature, Technology, and Community as a launching point. The artist and design team will develop a concept for an integrated artwork that will elevate the pedestrian and vehicular experience of the Terminal Roadways and Bridges. At this time, ACAA and design team intend that the integrated art project will be implemented by the TMP’s general contractor, although some elements may be fabricated by outside contractors or the artist. This will be determined as part of the design process for the integrated artwork. Once the design is approved by the Allegheny County Airport Authority, it will be integrated into the bid documents.

The artist, design team, and the Art in the Airport program will collaborate to identify the ongoing role of the artist from construction documents through the implementation of the project (Phase 2). A separate contract and fee for those services will be negotiated for Phase 2. These services may include, but are not limited to further design development, review of shop drawings, fabrication, supervision of installation of design enhancements, and inspection and approval of design enhancements.

During the design phase, the artist will:

  • Collaborate with the design team 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:
    • Identify strategies and locations for design enhancements using with materials selected by the design team.
    • Identify strategies and locations for design enhancements to aesthetically connect the concrete walls, columns, and other supports to other architectural elements of the garage, landscape, or terminal.
    • Outline methods for implementing design enhancements in collaboration with the design team, including details of the artist’s role through implementation.
  • Present a detailed visual and written proposal for the design to the ACAA, Art in the Airport Committee, and the Board of Trustees for review and approval.
  • Collaborate with the design team to develop the implementation strategy for the design and work with the design team to include the design into the construction documents.
  • Work with the design team and Art in the Airport program to identify the role of the artist in project implementation (Phase 2).

Artwork Goals
From the airport entrance to the jetway, the design of the airport is an opportunity to deliver a vibrant, welcoming environment. The conceptual framework for the facilities’ design is Nature, Technology, and Community.

Artwork Location Description
The Terminal Bridges and Roadways will have a strong visual presence at the airport, including thousands of square feet of concrete walls, columns, and other support structures that comprise the new parking facility and connections to the new terminal.

Artists must have experience working collaboratively with architects, landscape architects, engineers, or transportation planners. Artists must have completed one permanent public art project with integrated design elements. Artists who have experience designing concrete form liners, concrete walls, or concrete columns are encouraged to apply. 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. If a team application is selected, the budget for conceptual design fee remains $75,000.


  • September 16, 2019 / Artist Application Deadline 11:59 PM EST
  • October 21, 2019 Artist / Selection Complete
  • October – December, 2019 / Design Team meetings in Pittsburgh
  • January, 2020 / Design Proposal Complete
  • February, 2020 / Design Approved
  • February – July, 2020 / Construction Documents Created
  • July 2020 / Construction Documents Complete
  • May 2021 / Construction of Bridges and Roadways Begins
  • February 2023 / Bridges and Roadway Construction Complete

This schedule is subject to change without notice.

What to Submit
Artists must supply the following materials to complete an application:

  1. Up to twenty image or video work samples depicting projects where you have worked on a design team or independently on projects that relate to this opportunity. For video work samples, please include the URL in addition to the video file. or, you can chose 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. If applying as a team, artist teams may submit up to twenty work samples total.
  2. 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.
  3. Resume. If applying as a team, provide a resume for each team member.
  4. 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 three pages.
  5. Three professional references. Include name, contact information, and a description of how they are familiar with your work.
  6. Applicant must affirm that they have reviewed the required assurances in Exhibit A (available through the upload link)

How to Submit
Submit information ONLINE ONLY through Submittable.