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Utah Public Art- DHS Developmental Center
Utah Public Art Program
Attn: Developmental Center Project
300 S Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Utah
Event Dates: 9/21/15 - 2/15/16
Entry Deadline: 11/30/15
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Sitting on 250 beautiful acres the campus is located at the mouth of American Fork Canyon along the foothills of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains in the city of American Fork. The Developmental Center was established in 1932 under the direction of then Governor Dern. Most of the original buildings have been replaced with more modern state of the art facilities. Citizens are served from across the entire state of Utah under the direction of the Utah Department of Human Services and the Division of Services for People with Disabilities. The Utah State Developmental Center provides 24-hour residential care and is Utah’s only State-operated intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disabilities. The Center offers intensive medical, behavioral, psychological and dental services to those over the age of 18. Admissions are limited and require an intensive screening process. The USDC Mission is "dedicated to providing an array of resources and supports for people with disabilities with complex or acute needs in Utah” The Developmental Center serves as a resource for the entire State of Utah. As other providers in the State of Utah struggle to provide care for individuals with complex emotional, medical and behavioral issues USDC is in the unique position of providing most of the essential services needed in a single location. The Utah State Developmental Center takes great pride in serving the most vulnerable citizens of Utah. Over 700 professional and support staff engage in the care and treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Medical care and nursing is available 24 hours a day. Various therapies such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Recreation Therapy and counseling are all located in one spot. This team of providers in conjunction with family and friends work to provide the most independence possible in a safe environment for everyone who lives here.
95% of the Utah State Developmental Center is an adult population. The majority of which reside in the residential buildings of Quailrun, Oakridge, Raintree and Willowcreek. The Center also has four twin homes that have eight to ten additional clients.  Clients each live in an apartment with four to six others near their same developmental level. With staff help, clients shop for groceries, cook meals, and clean rooms and living areas. Direct Care Staff provide the day to day training for each individual.
Many of the clients attend a day program located on campus. Here they work, receive a training wage and learn needed skills. Some examples of work offered are papermaking, paper shredding and sorting, box pick-up, box bailing, ceramics, making piñatas’, packaging, delivery of mail and warehouse supplies, greenhouse work, food preparation and serving at the Cottage Café. We have some clients who have learned the skills necessary to hold an off campus job.
Each client has a treatment team that will write, train and implement their individualized program. A QIDP (Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional) or Team Leader coordinates and monitors each client’s program. Other professionals on the team may include RN, Behavioral Specialist, Licensed Social Worker, Physical and Occupational Therapist, Dietitian, Dentist, Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist, Neurologist, and Podiatrist. 
The Utah State Developmental Center receives the majority of its funding from Title 19. Each client has an Active Treatment program. Continuous teaching/training is required throughout his/her working day. A typical day consist of showering, dressing, medication administrations, mealtimes, grooming, day program, leisure activity, evening snack and bedtime.
The Center’s goal for each client is to achieve levels of independence, with behavioral and medical stability to return back to a community residential setting. Many clients have successfully moved to group homes closer to family members with very few returning.
The new Utah State Developmental Center Admissions and Safe Housing building has been designed as a durable housing facility serving people with developmental disabilities.  It is located at 895 North 900 East in American Fork, Utah.  The building will be approximately 22,592 square feet and will be constructed as a 1-story building.  The building has three residential pods that will house 30 residents, with accommodations for a future fourth pod to accommodate 10 additional residents.  The central core of the building contains the administrative functions that support the entire facility including spaces for admissions, assessment, office and support.
The Utah State Developmental Center will be pursuing a Nursing Care Facility License Type ICF/MR which requires the building to be designed as an I-2 Occupancy Classification.  The entire building will be designed as Type IIB Construction.  Due to the sensitive nature of the residents this building is designed for, it will be designed under the requirements of the Utah Administrative Code ruling R432-7 Psychiatric Hospital Construction. 
The building's interior and exterior finishes have been selected with the need for high durability and ability to withstand abuse.  The exterior of the building is brick, concrete masonry and metal panel.  The interior of the building is concrete masonry at the residential pods, and gypsum board at the areas where residents will be escorted.  All resident access areas are designed with safety at the forefront and include specially designed door hardware, plumbing fixtures, etc.  The design team was challenged to design a highly durable institutional environment that feels welcoming, highly functional and aesthetically pleasing.
The existing campus includes large expanses of turf and mature trees. The Admissions and Safe Housing Building is located on an expanse of turf nestled among some mature trees.  The main entrance to the building is located facing the intersection of 900 North and 800 East.  While the driveway entrance has some slope, the building site is relatively flat.
The landscape concept is to provide an aesthetically pleasing, landscape that complements the surrounding Developmental Center Campus and meets the needs of the User. The user has indicated that due to the individuals that they serve, shrubs, ground covers, and mulches cannot be used around this building.
The basis of the design is to protect and maintain as many large trees as possible while planting the edges of the building with new turf, thereby linking the building with the existing expanse of lawn that dominates the campus. Overhead spray and rotor irrigation systems will be utilized in these areas, with water provided from existing irrigation systems. Each dormitory pod has a small outdoor recreation area that includes turf grass, which will also utilize similar irrigation systems as the other lawn areas.
The area around Utah Lake was used as a seasonal hunting and fishing ground by the Ute Indians. American Fork was settled in 1850 by Mormon pioneers, and incorporated as Lake City in 1852. The first settlers of American Fork lived in scattered conditions along the American Fork River. By the 1850s, tension between the settlers and Native Americans was increasing. In 1853, Daniel H. Wells, the head of the Nauvoo Legion (the Utah Territorial Militia at the time), instructed settlers to move into specific forts. At a meeting on July 23, 1853 at the schoolhouse in American Fork, Lorenzo Snow and Parley P. Pratt convinced the settlers to follow Wells' directions and all move together into a central fort. A fort was built of 37 acres (150,000 m2) to which the settlers located. Only parts of the wall were built to eight feet high, and none were built to the original plan of twelve feet high.
Settlers changed the name from Lake City to American Fork in 1860. It was renamed after the American Fork River which runs through the city, as well as to avoid confusion with Salt Lake City. Most residents were farmers and merchants during its early history. By the 1860s, American Fork had established a public school, making it the first community in the territory of Utah to offer public education to its citizens. In the 1870s, American Fork served as a rail access point for mining activities in American Fork Canyon. For several decades in the 1900s, raising chickens (and eggs) was an important industry in the city.  During World War II the town population expanded when the Columbia Steel plant was built. An annual summer celebration in the city is still called "Steel Days" in honor of the economic importance of the mill, which closed in November 2001. The steel mill was located approximately six miles (10 km) southeast from town, on land on the east shore of Utah Lake.

This building will assist the Center in providing more efficient admissions and additional housing for clients.  Any work that is proposed for this new facility will need to take into account the sensitivity, vulnerability and occasionally aggressive or violent conditions these tenants may be facing. The work will need to be as indestructible as possible or out of reach and/or perhaps utilitarian in nature as well as artistic.  It is hoped the selected artist will honor the interest of the clients, the employees, the architecture and the site in the development of the work.
The Selection Committee has identified the exterior West or South plazas and the main center atrium as possible sites for this public art commission but are also open to sites and interpretations offered by the artist(s)
$42,000 is available for all related expenses of this Public Art commission(s) including (but not limited to) artist fees, fabrication, insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation, etc.
American or legal resident artists / artist teams are encouraged to apply.  Art Selection Committee members, staff and Board of Utah Arts & Museums and AJC Architects are not eligible to apply for this commission.  All Art Selection Committee members will declare any conflict of interest and recuse themselves from the vote when reviewing artist applications.
Interested artists may submit applications EITHER online or by compact disc/DVD.  The deadline is the same for both methods and is not a postmark deadline.  Please do not include supplemental materials beyond the requirements listed below:

Register at and follow the directions for registration and submitting material for this Public Art Request for Qualifications. This online application process will prompt you for all necessary documents.  
If your work cannot be documented well with still image you may submit movie files via the “Compact Disc or DVD Method” listed below.  Movie files cannot be submitted via the online method.
A PC compatible CD labeled with applicant's name, and contact information containing:
1. A letter of interest of not more than two typewritten pages in pdf format. This letter should include the artist’s reasons for interest in this project in particular.  In doing so, the artist should also describe how his/her work and/or experience relates to the project. 

2, Up to six (6) images maximum of previous site-specific public work. All images must be in JPEG format, 1920 pixels maximum on the longest side, 72 dpi, with compression settings resulting in the best image quality under 2MB file size. The image files should be named so that the list sorts in the order of the image listing.

3. A pdf document indentifying each image to include title, year, medium, dimensions.

4. A professional resume in pdf format

If the work cannot be documented well with still images a DVD (of no more than 3 minutes) may be submitted as documentation of artist’s projects.  Please note only one media, movie file or images, can be presented to the committee per artist in this preliminary phase.

If the artist wishes the material returned, an addressed and stamped envelope of ample size and postage for return of the CD or DVD should be included. Material that is not accompanied by a stamped envelope cannot be returned.

Utah Arts & Museums will not be responsible for applications delayed or lost in transit.  While all reasonable care will be taken in the handling of materials, neither the Utah Division of Arts & Museums nor the Utah State Developmental Center Art Selection Committee will be liable for late, lost or damaged materials or electronic files.  Faxed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted.  The Utah State Developmental Center Art Selection Committee reserves the right to withhold the award of a commission or re-release the call for entries.  

Complete application packages must be RECEIVED on or before November 30, 2015 by 5 p.m. (THIS IS NOT A POSTMARK DEADLINE.) All supporting materials must accompany application.
Please send, deliver or courier compact disc method applications to:

Jim Glenn, Utah Public Art Program
Attention: Utah State Developmental Center
Utah Arts & Museums
300 S Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
The Selection Committee will review all material properly submitted.  Finalists will be selected from the first phase of applicants submitting qualifications.  Selection of the commissioned artist(s) will be based on proposals presented to the Selection Committee on February 8, 2016.
Once selected as a finalist we will work to provide as much information and access as possible to assist in the artist’s research while developing their proposal.
An honorarium will be offered to the finalists to assist with the costs associated with the preparation of a proposal and travel. This honorarium will be applied toward the commission amount for the artist(s) awarded the commission.
November 30, 2015 - Deadline for receipt of preliminary materials
December 14, 2015 - Committee Review
February 8, 2016 - Finalists presentations
August 2016 – Substantial completion of the project
Lucas Davis - Utah Division of Facilities Construction & Management
Charles Goodman - Utah Department of Human Services
Guy Thompson - Superintendent, Utah State Developmental Center
Bret Hardy - Utah State Developmental Center
Dayna Martinsen - Utah State Developmental Center
Keri Cater  Utah State Developmental Center
Kent Rigby - Artist and AJC Architects, Inc.
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