Call Detail
The College of New Jersey STEM Building Outdoor Classroom



Contact Email: strangel@tcnj.edu
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: New Jersey
Entry Deadline: 12/6/15
Application Closed
REQUIREMENTS:
Media
Images - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 6
Outdoor Classroom – Artist Request for Qualifications
Art Inclusion for the STEM Building and Chemistry Addition
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, New Jersey
October, 2015
STATEMENT OF NEED
The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is requesting qualifications from artists for the creation of an outdoor artwork that will serve as a focal point within the newly constructed STEM building complex and as an outdoor classroom and gathering space for students and the college community. The space and/or structure of the artwork should be able to accommodate a group of up to 24 students and faculty.
INTRODUCTION
The College of New Jersey is located on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban, Ewing, New Jersey. Ewing is approximately 5 miles from Trenton, the State Capital, and 60 minutes from Philadelphia and New York. The College is primarily an undergraduate and residential college with targeted graduate programs. Its diverse community of learners is dedicated to free inquiry and open exchange, to excellence in teaching, creativity, scholarship, and citizenship, and to the transformative power of education in a highly competitive institution.
THE NEW STEM BUILDING AND CHEMISTRY ADDITION
The current construction project is a new STEM Building and Chemistry Addition which will add major components to The College of New Jersey STEM Complex. The new 89,000sf STEM Building will be home to three departments from the Schools of Engineering and Science: Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science. Its lab space will include a robotics laboratory, mechanical engineering design studio, biomedical engineering research suite, and high-performance computing cluster. An assembly space attached to the STEM Building, the Forum, will be a two-story meeting and study space for informal interactions of the STEM community and the entire TCNJ campus. The Chemistry Addition will add more than 23,000sf, including an Organic Chemistry suite of research and instructional labs, a Synthetic Chemistry suite with multi-purpose and instrumentation labs, and a variety of student study spaces.
THE STEM COMPLEX AND CAMPUS CONTEXT
The STEM Complex brings together expert researchers who are committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and teachers. These professors embrace the concept of the teacher-scholar model in which both innovative teaching and research can flourish. Our science and engineering programs emphasize the excitement of investigation and discovery, through collaborative exploration.
The new STEM Building will enclose a green space east of the Biology Building, and occupy the north border of the historical ceremonial quadrangle, opposite Green Hall, the main administration building. West of Biology is located the Science Complex with Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics Departments and Armstrong Hall with the remaining engineering departments: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Technology Education. East of the STEM Complex are additional academic classrooms in Forcina Hall and the Education Building.
ART INCLUSION SITE
The identified location for the functional art / outdoor classroom is within the green space enclosed by the new STEM Building, the Forum, and the existing Biology Building. This informal green space will have a gentle slope down to the campus loop road, Metzger Drive, and views of Ceva Lake to the North. There are significant underground utilities below much of the green space, with an area of approximately 25 feet by 30 feet available for the art / classroom at the North end. There is an approximately 18 inch elevation change within that area. Power (electrical or solar), seating, and possibly a blackboard will be desired for the classroom and other gatherings. See images of site plan, view from campus through STEM Building Forum, and aerial view of outdoor artwork site.
BUDGET
The budget for this project is $180,000 all inclusive (design, fabrication, engineering, transportation, permitting, installation, insurance, documentation, and any other costs required to complete the arts inclusion project). Three finalists each will receive $2,000 to help cover travel and interview preparation expenses.
PROCESS
Shortlisted candidates (10) will have approximately 5 weeks to prepare a concept to be submitted for committee review. Follow-up questions from the committee may be posed to candidates via email, phone, or video chat. Finalists (3) will have approximately 4 weeks to prepare for an on campus interview which must include a PowerPoint presentation, samples of materials, time line and budget. The selection committee will choose one artist/designer to receive the commission.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
November 5, 2015 RFQ Open on CallforEntry (Café)
December 6, 2015 Online Café Closed at midnight, EST.
January 20, 2016 Shortlisted Artists (Top 10) notified / RFP sent
January 27, 2016 Orientation for Artists - Conference Call / Optional Site Visit
February 25, 2016 Shortlisted Proposals Due
March, 2016 Follow-up with Artists via email, phone, or video chat, as needed
April 26, 2016 Finalist Interviews (Top 3) at TCNJ
July 12, 2016 Artist Selection Confirmed by Board of Trustees
May 15, 2017 Art Installation Complete
 
Artists should submit 6 images of recent public art commissions with budget, contacts and a resume of commissioned public art work with their application.
For additional information about the College and the project, including site plans and architectural renderings, please visit:
http://campusplanning.pages.tcnj.edu/capital-projects/

 
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