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RFQ: Bus Shelter Public Art Project

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RFQ: Bus Shelter Public Art Project


Request for Qualifications (RFQ): Bus Shelter Public Art Project @ 2505 East Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT

The Application Deadline for RFQ: December 17, 2020

The Request for Proposal (RFP) Deadline: January 22, 2021

Overview: Architectural Nexus is currently transforming its corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City with plans to become Utah’s first commercial Living Certified Building. The renovation (or regeneration) of our 30,000 s.f. headquarters at 2505 East Parleys Way in SLC was inspired by and has been designed to more fully support our values of inspiration, stewardship, and regeneration. As part of this regeneration, Arch Nexus is seeking qualified artists to design, fabricate, and install a bus shelter/public art piece to be located on the property as a neighborhood amenity for all community members. As the entire project is pursuing Living Building Challenge 4.0 certification, it is important that interested artist become familiar with the requirements of such certification in order to produce a piece that both complies with and perhaps exemplifies, in an artistic expression, the nature of such a project along with the values of Arch Nexus. Nexus will provide a 1 1/2-hour design criteria and Living Building Challenge criteria presentation and training session for the finalists.

The selection will be a two-step process: 1. The first step is a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) only. Interested artists can submit their qualifications for review (Application attached). Examples of work, experience with public art and references will all be taken into consideration for a selection of a maximum of 3 finalists (see additional criteria below). See the schedule section below for application due date. 2. The second step in the process is a Request for Proposals (RFP). Each of the finalists will be paid a stipend to produce a design concept for review. Each artist shall present the design to a selection committee following the RFP submittal. A final selection of the winning proposal will be announced a week later.

Budget: • $15,000 has been set aside for this public artwork fabrication and installation. Not included in this budget, but paid for by Arch Nexus:  Foundation work and any embedded anchors  Structural engineering However, coordination with Arch Nexus’ contractor for foundations, embedded anchors, etc. and coordination with any structural engineering is the responsibility of the artist. • A $1,000 stipend will be paid to each selected finalist (including the awarded artist) to complete the conceptual design work developed for the RFP submittal and presentation (step two).

Artist Eligibility: Eligible artists must be 21 years of age or older and reside within 100 miles of the project site. Applicants must not be employed by or affiliated with, or be related in any way to anyone who is employed by or affiliated with, any architecture, engineering, or construction company that provides services in Utah. The selected artist/artist team must be available to begin design work immediately following the announcement of the winning proposal in order to help facilitate any required approvals by the City.

Additional Information: Arch Nexus is funding the design, the piece itself and the installation. The winning design may be subject to approval by Salt Lake City’s planning and building departments. Nexus will provide all necessary interfacing with the City for approval of the outdoor shelter as represented by the winning design. Arch Nexus developed a design brief (will be provided to the finalists) to guide the direction of the overall project (of which this bus shelter public art is one part). Artists are encouraged to read and follow the principles outlined in the brief.

Information on Architectural Nexus is available on line at

Information on the Living Building Challenge is available online at

Please direct any questions via email to Peter McBride at Arch Nexus:


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