Call Detail
Seattle City Light Denny Substation Artwork Project - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOV. 7
Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
PO Box 94748
Seattle, WA 98124-4748


Contact Email: Jason.huff@seattle.gov
Call Type: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Unspecified
Entry Deadline: 11/7/13
Application Closed
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INTRODUCTION The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Seattle City Light (SCL), is seeking an artist or artist team to work as a member of the Denny Substation design team to develop permanent artwork for SCL’s new substation. The artist will work closely with SCL and other project design team members for the substation to develop artwork to be integrated with the new facility. In addition to developing permanent artwork, the artist or artist team will work with the design team and SCL to develop proposals for additional opportunities for artworks by other artists that can be incorporated in and around the new facility. The call is open to established professional artists residing and eligible to work in the United States. Applications close 11 p.m., Nov. 7, 2012 (Pacific Standard Time). BACKGROUND Proposed customer projects and changes in zoning prompted SCL to evaluate available electrical capacity in the South Lake Union (SLU) and Denny Triangle areas. A course of action was recommended for SCL to ensure adequate capacity and reliability in the future. The recommendation includes building a new substation to provide a new electrical power distribution network system serving the SLU urban center and the Denny Triangle urban village. Future phasing of the Denny Substation project will provide

  1. Connection of transmission systems to the new Denny Substation providing improvement for SCL and regional transmission system reliability.
  2. The installation of dedicated underground distribution feeders to better serve the existing network system for hospitals on First Hill.

The new Denny Substation will be located at 1250 Denny Way in Seattle and is bordered by Denny Way, John Street, Minor Avenue and Yale Avenue. The new substation will be the first facility SCL has built since the Creston-Nelson substation in 1981. The site is split into three parcels, the former Greyhound Bus facility, the former City Investors parcel west of Pontius Avenue, and a smaller parking lot east of the main parcel and separated by an alley. The city will evaluate a request by SCL to annex Pontius Street between Denny Way and John Street to become part of the new facility. The project extends beyond the substation site to include three potential transmission line routes between the Denny Substation and Massachusetts Substation, and new network and distribution lines in the South Lake Union and Denny Triangle areas. The ultimate build-out of the Denny Substation design will include the full substation, multiple transmission lines, extensive expansion of the network system in the SLU urban center and Denny Triangle urban village, dedicated network distribution feeders to the hospitals on First Hill, and changes to the existing radial distribution system. The build-out will be achieved in multiple phases through 2017. The substation will be located in a developing area of Seattle. The substation’s design will need to satisfy various urban design requirements, navigate complex city agency requirements and processes, and meet SCL operational requirements. The substation will provide urban and architectural designs that integrate the substation into the SLU and Denny Triangle areas and surrounding properties. The substation project will also include public engagement and communications to stakeholders and the general public during design and creation of the facility. Schedule Phase I Environmental Remediation – September 2012 through October 2013 Phase II Design, SEPA/EIS, Permitting – June 2012 through December 2014 Phase III Construction – January 2015 through November 2016 About Seattle City Light Created by the citizens of Seattle in 1902, Seattle City Light has served customers with electricity and related services for more than a century. Over the years SCL has worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today SCL is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. SCL looks forward to continuing this tradition in the 21st century and beyond. ELIGIBILITY The call is open to established professional artists residing and eligible to work in the United States. Artists may apply as a team of no more than two. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs encourages diversity in its collection. Artists whose work is well-represented in the city’s collection are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Students are not eligible to apply. SCOPE OF WORK The selected artist or artist team will work with SCL, the substation design consultant and community members to develop permanent artwork that connects the new substation to the surrounding South Lake Union community. The artist/artist team is expected to develop artwork that will create a strong presence responsive to the surrounding community and reinforce the public nature and essential function of the station. There is a preference for an artistic approach that will celebrate the arrival of the Denny substation as the delivery vehicle for bringing power to the people and businesses of the South Lake Union area. The artist or artist team should demonstrate consciousness of neighboring residences, the site's varied streetscape, and energy efficiency as appropriate. The artist or artist team will be encouraged to include a variety of diverse media in the artwork. The artist will design, fabricate and install the artwork on a timeline that parallels the substation’s construction. In addition to designing and installing a permanent artwork, the commissioned artist or artist team will work with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, SCL, design consultants and community members to develop a series of opportunities for large- to small-scale artworks to be integrated within the new facility. Artwork opportunities can be incorporated in interior spaces of the substation and possible exterior public spaces on the property. The artist or artist team will also recommend artwork budget amounts to the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and SCL. The artwork opportunities should allow the city to commission a broad diversity of artists who can present the new substation as a strong visual statement to the South Lake Union neighborhood. The selected artist or artist team should have the ability to understand architectural plans and an interest in working cooperatively with design professionals, city staff and community members. Artists should have experience working within the public process, in public settings, as well as a proven ability to fabricate their own work or to work with fabricators and installers. The city is committed to excellence in environmental stewardship and in sustainable building practices. We encourage artists whose work addresses issues of sustainability and “green” design to consider applying for this project. The artist will join the project team in January 2013. The design phase of the project is in design development, with construction to be complete in late 2016. BUDGET The total budget for the artist or artist team to complete the artwork project is $300,000. The selected artist will receive a design contract for $60,000 to develop site-integrated artwork and additional artwork opportunities. If the permanent artwork design proposal is accepted, the artist will receive a subsequent contract for $240,000 to fabricate and install the artwork. The budget for the overall artwork project may increase during the course of the project. The artwork is funded by Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. APPLICATION DEADLINE 11 p.m., Nov. 7, 2012 (Pacific Standard Time) APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Letter of interest (not to exceed 2,000 characters). Please read the prompt in CaFÉ before uploading your letter of interest. If you are applying as a team, the letter should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator.

  • Letter of interest (not to exceed 2,000 characters). Please read the prompt in CaFÉ before uploading your letter of interest. If you are applying as a team, the letter should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator.
  • Résumé
  • Three references
  • Up to 16 images.
  • Image Identification List (not to exceed 500 characters for each image). If you are applying as a team, the image identification should list the name of the artist for each image submitted. Do not omit the Image Identification List or your application will be incomplete.

All applications must be submitted digitally through the CaFÉTM online system. Link to the online application via http://www.callforentry.org/ to view the full application requirements. SELECTION CRITERIA The artist will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Quality of concept, design and craftsmanship of past works.
  • Visual and technical sophistication.
  • Creativity of approach.
  • The ability to produce durable outdoor art.
  • A proven ability to coordinate and collaborate with project managers, design professionals and community stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of our city in the selection of artists and artworks. References provided as part of this application will be contacted prior to artist interviews. SELECTION PROCESS The selection process will take place in two parts. During the first round, a panel of arts professionals, client representatives and community members will review the applicants’ images, qualifications and other materials. The panelists will identify up to four finalists to interview at a second panel meeting two to three weeks later. The panel will select one artist or artist team to be awarded the commission. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by e-mail by end of December 2012. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs reserves the right not to select any of the applicants. WE’RE HERE TO HELP Please contact Jason Huff, public art project manager, at jason.huff@seattle.gov or (206) 684-7278. For assistance with the CaFE online application process, contact CaFE tech support at (888) 562-7232 or cafe@westaf.org, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

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