Call Detail
Municipality of Anchorage 1% for Art: Fire Station 9 Huffman Station Rebuild
4700 Elmore Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Alaska
Entry Deadline: 1/18/16
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 2

Media Images:6

Project:                                                        Anchorage Fire Station 9
Deadline for Entries:                                  Monday, January 18, 2016, 9:59 pm AST
Contact:                                                       Curator of Public Art, 1% for Art, (907) 343-6473
Amount of Commission:                           $44,000 total, two seperate locations  
Eligibility:                                                    National Call; Alaska Preference
In accordance with Municipal Code 7.40, the Municipality of Anchorage is announcing a call for qualified artists for Fire Station 9 in Anchorage, Alaska. 
Project Information
Project construction began in June, 2015 and will be completed by Summer 2016.   Select artists will be invited to submit full proposals in February of 2016.  The installation of the artwork will take place prior to completion and in accordance with the renovation team including the contractor, project manager, project architect, facility contact, and curator of public art.  Installation of final artwork will occur by June of 2016. 
Site Description
The existing Fire Station No. 9 was identified as an aging station needing greater resources. This station is critical as Anchorage Fire Department’s hose station, rope rescue, backcountry rescue equipment, water supply for local neighborhoods, and as first responders to accidents on the nearby Seward Highway. Relocating Fire Station No. 9 will allow its staff to cover a greater response area, reduce response area overlap, and improve response time in South Anchorage.
The station is moving its operations from a business district to a residential neighborhood and its integration into the existing community is critical. Fire Station No. 9 has been designed as a second home for the staff who work and rest at the station during their 24 hour shifts. As part of a quiet suburban neighborhood, the station sits nestled among existing native vegetation and the building’s exterior aesthetic is consistent with the surrounding single family homes.
The jury is requesting qualifications from artists to work with the project architect and contractor on two site specific artworks. The jury is interested in a functional table 12’ long and 4’ wide and Glass Artwork on the exterior entry door with the possibility of including the interior door.  The total budget for the project is $44,000 and is based on the construction budget of the building.  The table commission will be $20,000 and the glass commission will be $24,000.  The Art Selection Jury intends to pay six artists a proposal  honorarium fee to work on beginning concepts (three artists per location).  The finalists shall work with the architect and the Art Selection Jury on the design of the artwork and its relationship to the facility.
Location 1: Table, Kitchen Area $20,000
The art selection jury will consider all table submissions that reflect a functional and highly durable surface.  This table will be placed in the kitchen and used daily for meals, training, and community outreach purposes.   The dimensions of the table shall be 12’ long by 4’ wide (to seat 10-20 individuals) and must fit within the dimensions of the kitchen (see architectural plans provided).   
Location 2: Glass Artwork on Exterior Door (potential to include interior door in design) $24,000
The jury is interested in seeing submissions in glass for windows framing the entry door.  The jury identified stained glass, but would consider other treatments as well, i.e. etching, colored glass, etc.    The glass panel measurements are included in the architectural plans provided and can include both the exterior entry door and the interior vestibule door or the exterior door alone.   The exterior has been prioritized due to the public visibility of this location. The glass work can be integrated into the sections of the doors referenced in the architectural renderings.   The total height of the available panels are 9’6” x 5’10.75”; please see the architectural plans for specific dimensions of each panel.  There are 8 total panels on each door.   The jury would like to see artwork on the exterior door.  The interior door can be included if that is within the artist’s budget.  (See attached plans for specific dimensions.)  The jury has discussed stained glass but will accept other glass artwork proposals. 
Fire Station 9 is a specialty team in high angle rope rescue.  Their values are integrity, honesty, courage to act, duty to serve, and vigilance.   Community involvement and service to the community are important tenants to the Fire Station. The Art Selection Jury has discussed themes, and is primarily interested in artwork that reflects the Alaska landscape and environment.  The jury discussed the following as potential themes to consider:   Alaska Back Country, High Angle Rope Rescue, Turnagain Arm, Mountainous Terrain, Water, Mountainous Urban Area, Cook Inlet, Knik Arm, Anchorage Landscape, and Wilderness.  The jury would consider submissions including the number 9, but this is not required. The location of the fire station in serving the public is located at 13915 Lake Otis Parkway, Anchorage, AK 99516, in the South Anchorage neighborhood. The selection committee has no preference on the style of the design. 
There are no restrictions on style or the design of the artwork, but the proposal must provide assurance the artwork will be durable and routine maintenance requirements must be minimal.  Also, surplus materials (2%) will be required for future maintenance needs, if appropriate.  The installation must be permanent and must be designed to last the life of the building.  This is an earthquake area and needs to meet standards in the IBC 2009 building code as amended by the Municipality of Anchorage.  All suspended pieces must be at least 18” lower than the sprinkler system by code.  Suspended items cannot impede the flow of water.  The selected artist/s must agree to the terms of the contract.
The total amount of the commission will be $44,000 ($20,000 table, $24,000 glass) which includes all costs of design, site preparation, fabrication, installation, photographic documentation, catalog documentation and an identifying plaque. 
State laws related to public construction, including licensing, insurance, bonding, and payment of prevailing wage rates, may apply.
Selection Criteria:
Artists will be selected to develop proposals with the project team based on:
  1. Artistic Merit as evidenced by representation of relevant past work in images. 
  2. Appropriateness of the artist’s medium, style and previous experience in relation to the project goals and setting.
  3. Experience with projects of a similar scale and scope including familiarity with the public art process, the public review approval process, and/or collaboration with high schools, and design agencies; and art selection juries. 
  4. Artists must have good communication skills and be able to work with diverse community members.
  5. Diversity of artists and media reflects the overall program goals to strive for diversity in style, scale, media and artists in new and traditional art forms. Artists with no prior public art experience will be seriously considered.  Artists with strong bodies of work, with little public art background are encouraged to apply and will be given equal consideration.  
Artists are required to submit the following items:
1. Six digital images of past work should be loaded into CaFE ( following the guidelines on that site.
2. Each image should be identified with title, materials, dimensions, and value;
3. Current 1-2 page resume including 3 professional references.
4. Your artist statement should include a description of why you are interested or particularly qualified for this project.  It should also address any experience or work sample deficiencies in relation to your chosen medium.
5.  Answers to required questions about location, medium, and commission level.
Tony Schawm represents Fire Station 3; Jessica Boyer is the design representative from Bettisworth North; Aurora Sidney-Ando is a local, professional artist; Katherine Huffman represents the community, Terre Gales represents Municipality of Anchorage, James Dougherty represents the Public Art Committee, and Lou Ann Henning represents the Arts Advisory Committee. Non-voting members include Bob Nibert, the Project Manager, and Enzina Marrari, the Curator of Public Art. 
Additional Information
Requests for additional information may be directed to the Curator of Public Art, at Municipality of Anchorage at the Department of Public Works.  The telephone number is (907) 343-6473; the FAX number is (907) 249-7567.  The 1% for Art program for the Municipality of Anchorage has a web site at
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