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Lionel Forti Aquatic Facility
400 W San Antonio Ave Ste. A
El Paso, TX 79901

Entry Deadline: 1/5/18
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6


The City of El Paso’s Public Art Program


The City of El Paso’s Public Art Ordinance was adopted by City Council April 4, 2006 to promote and encourage private and public programs to further the development and public awareness of, and interest in, the fine arts and cultural properties, to increase employment opportunities in the arts, to encourage the integration of art into the architecture of municipal structures for the City of El Paso and to provide for the citizens of the City high quality, publicly accessible works of art, which contribute to the urban landscape and symbolize the City’s sense of place.


Project Description

The City of El Paso Public Art Program of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific artwork or artworks at the Lionel Forti Aquatic Facility.

Site Description:

The proposed Lionel Forti Aquatic Facility will be located at 1225 Giles Road adjacent to Hacienda Park, near Gateway Boulevard East. It is scheduled to be reconstructed in a modern water park format, making it a unique facility that will likely serve not only the surrounding neighborhoods but also people from throughout the city. The selected artist will work with the design team, once selected, so that the artist and the designers can jointly investigate the best approach for public art at the site. The new facility will include:

· The Regional Aquatic Parks will serve seniors, adults, teens, and families of all abilities.

· Administration Spaces; Security area, Entrance/Admission ticket sales window, Employee Break Room, Lifeguard Room, Manager’s Office, Employee Restroom.

· Public Entrance Corridor with full height turnstiles.

· Public Restrooms, Family Restrooms, Indoor & Outdoor Showers, Dressing & Locker Areas as indicated.

· IT Server and Light & Sound Control Desk with viewing window.

· Custodial equipment and storage space(s).

· 875 sq. ft. (minimum) Party Room with Storage Room and Serving Countertop. Ceiling to have a Piñata Hook and 14 ft. height (minimum).

· Pool Equipment Mechanical Room.

· Required Building Support areas.

· 650 sq. ft. (minimum) Food Concession Kitchen with Grill and 500 sq. ft. (minimum) outdoor food court area covered with shade structure – fixed or tensile fabric.

· Outdoor Aquatic Park area with five (5) main bodies of water:

a) 4-Lane (minimum) x 25-Yard Lap Pool, with two (2) 19’-7” (minimum) Climbing Walls plus one children’s climbing wall area (Ascent 4-panel wide x 3-panel high – 9’-7” high) & Water Volleyball net;

b) 2,800 sq. ft. (minimum), Zero-Entry Family/Leisure Pool with Play Structure, Dumping Bucket, Water Jets/Guns, Geysers, Basketball goals, Vortex area, plus 1,000 sf. Baja Shelf (minimum);

c) 750 sq. ft. (minimum) Children's Play Pool with Water Play Table, Geysers, Water Guns;

d) Current Channel (Lazy River) 6’-0” wide x 160’-0” in length (minimum) with 400 sf. Baja Shelf (minimum),

e)Water Body Slides; 155’ & 120’ long (minimum), fully enclosed, 32in. OD, 23’ (minimum) high platform with shade structure, 20 ft. long (minimum) on-deck runouts

· 3,100 sq. ft. (minimum) of Tensile Fabric Shade Structures equipped with outdoor furniture (FF&E table and chairs) and lighting

· Trash receptacles to be placed in strategic locations in the water park areas as well as in the parking lot and other public places.

· Public Address System and LED Light coordinated Sound System

· FF&E Coordination (Purchased by Owner, Contractor Installed)

· Development planning for existing site with landscaping, parking, and pedestrian access

· The overall park area (without parking lot) should be 39,000 sf. (minimum)

· Public parking.


Public Art Opportunity

This public art project will commission an artist/artist team to design and develop an interactive/functional public art piece within the Lionel Forti Aquatic Facility.  The project will provide the opportunity for the artist to fully engage with the community in developing the concept and design of the artwork.



Public Art in El Paso will:

Give voice to the City’s creative spirit

Shape the look and feel of the City

Define places that anchor the community

Contribute to El Paso’s evolution as a dynamic urban place


Project Goals

The Public Art Program Goals are to:

o   Enhance the quality of life of residents

o   Support creative and professional growth of the arts community

o   Support economic growth

o   Enhance the experience visitors have of El Paso

o   Promote authentic images of El Paso as unique place, community and destination



Total project budget is $150,000 to include design, fabrication, and installation. The budget is all-inclusive and must cover design fees, travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, insurance costs, engineering expenses, shipping and transportation to the site, and installation.


Additional Costs to the project may include:

o   Foundation, Infrastructure, Contracting Services

o   Permitting


Artist’s Scope of Work

o   Contract with City of El Paso to fulfill the artist’s services

o   Collaborate with City and stakeholders to generate artwork proposal(s)

o   Conduct research, which includes examining the site, reviewing pertinent documents and plans, meeting with City staff, members of community, and neighborhood associations.

o   Prepare verbal, written and visual presentations to show schematic and final artwork proposal(s) to stakeholders

o   Fabrication and installation of artwork


Artist Selection Method

o   Open competition

o   Applications to be submitted on the CAFÉ Website

o   All artists will be asked to provide:

o   Artist statement, previous work examples, resume and letter of interest.

o   Applications will be reviewed by an Artist Selection Panel (ASP).  The ASP will review all complete, eligible applications received by the deadline shown on the schedule.

o   The Artist Selection Panel (ASP) will select a finalist to proceed in the next phase of the project.

o   A finalist will then be selected and presented to the PAC for approval.

o   The approved finalist will be placed under contract to work closely with the master plan design consultant and to point out potential artwork integration possibilities.

o   The selected finalist will provide design proposals (concept design) for the project for review and approval prior to implementation.

o   Review of final design proposals performed by PAC, Sun Metro, stakeholders, and MCAD, prior to final approval.


Art Proposal Selection Method

o   The finalist selected will be placed under contract to provide design proposals for the project for review and approval prior to fabrication and installation.

o   Review of final design proposals performed by: PAC, prior to final approval.

o   Criteria for the review of design proposals include, but not limited to:

§  Meets the definition of Artwork.

§  Demonstrates artistic merit, including excellence in aesthetic quality, workmanship, innovation and creativity.

§  Demonstrates appropriateness in scale and form.

§  Meets the project’s goals as outlined in the Individual Project Plan.

§  Demonstrates feasibility of construction and installation.

§  Demonstrates feasibility in terms of budget, timeline, safety, security, durability, operation, maintenance, conservation, legal and ethical issues.

§  Builds the diversity of the City’s public art collection.

o   Artist will then proceed to construction documents, fabrication and installation of the artwork.


Anticipated Schedule (subject to change)

o   Request for Qualifications: TBD

o   Submission Deadline: January 2018

o   Artist Selection Panel Review: TBD

o   Notification to Selected Artists: TBD

   o   Request for Proposals: April 2018

   o   Stakeholder Review: April-May 2018

   o   Public Art Committee Review: April-May 2018

§  Design: 2018

§  Fabrication: 2018

§  Installation: 2019


Coordination with other departments and stakeholders

o   The CID department will request to provide construction oversight, assist in contractor selection, permitting procedures, and project management.

o   Potential stakeholders for this project include:

o   Parks and Recreation

o   Community

o   Neighborhood Associations

o   Coordination efforts and review needs to occur with the following individuals:

o   Public Art Manager

o   Parks & Recreation

o   CID


Community outreach/Neighborhood input

o   Input from surrounding neighborhoods

o   Meetings could also be held during the design review process to receive additional information and direction from community