Call Detail
City of Loveland: Crossroads Power Substation
Entry Deadline: 7/30/20
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Colorado

The City of Loveland Art in Public Places is accepting Requests for Qualifications for sculptural concrete panels to be installed at the Crossroads Power Substation located along N. Boyd Lake Avenue in northeast Loveland.  This project is open to any professional artist (or artist team) with demonstrated experience in creating signature concrete relief artwork of a large scale.  The selected artist(s) will be responsible for the design, fabrication and delivery of these panels ready-to-install at the site.

Scope and Project Description
In fall 2020, the Power Department will install a large concrete wall along the perimeter of the Crossroads power substation located along N. Boyd Lake Avenue near the Fort Collins/Loveland Municipal Airport and Northern Colorado Law Enforcement Training Center.  There is a strong desire to include public artwork along the 321’l x 12’h façade of this substation due to its high visibility and close proximity to residential units and local businesses.  The installed artwork will be located within the sight lines of motorists and passersby.  

The final design of the perimeter wall has not been determined for the site.  The artist(s) selected for this project will interact with City staff and the Contractor executing this project to determine final placement and dimensions for the artwork.  Installation of the artistic concrete panels is desired by early 2021.

Application Process
The Commission is requesting qualifications only (no proposals).  From this RFQ, up to three finalists may be selected to present design concepts for this project.  Finalists will be paid an honorarium to develop and present their artwork design concepts.  Please do not submit proposals as those proposals will be removed from the jury process.

All applications must be submitted through the CAFÉ website by the deadline and must include:
• a preliminary statement of approach for the project which communicates experience with projects of similar scope and scale
• at least five images of fabricated and installed public artwork completed within the past five years, which highlight your previous accomplishment(s) with public art installations of similar style and scale. No more than two images per project are permitted. Do not submit images of past proposals that have not been executed. Minimum: 5 Maximum: 10 images
• your professional resume specifically highlighting similar public artwork installations
• 3 professional references

A maximum of $75,000 has been allocated for the project to include design, fabrication, insurance, travel, contingency and incidental costs.  A performance bond may also be required.  The City will pay an independent contractor up to $25,000 for the installation of the artwork panels.

Design Components for Selected Semi-Finalists
The Crossroads Power Substation is located on a semi-industrial north/south two-lane road in northeast Loveland.  The artwork should have an immediate visual impact that does not require an “up close and personal” inspection of the art.  The scale of the art should be appropriate to the scale of the site.  

The Visual Arts Commission does not have a specific theme for this project; however, if selected as a semi-finalist, the artwork must meet the following preferences:
• designs that can be easily identifiable from a distance and will not require close-up inspection
• suitable for general public viewing

A detailed budget will be required of semi-finalists (only).  The detailed budget must include all expenditures in connection with the execution of the project to ensure the project can be executed as presented.

Artwork Jury Overview
• City staff will oversee operations and administer the decisions of the jury panel.
• Artwork Selection Panel:  Members of City of Loveland Visual Arts Commission, representatives from the Power Department and up to 4 Loveland residents may serve as jurors for the project. 
• The selected artist/artist team will work closely with Cultural Services and Power Department throughout the project timeline to ensure project requirements are met.

Primary Selection Criteria
• Assigned Personnel:  Do the person(s) working on the project have the necessary skills to execute the project?  Has the artist/artist team completed on time and on budget a project of similar scope?  Are there sufficient people with the requisite skills assigned to the project?  Have all deadlines been met by the semi-finalist(s)?
• Scope of Proposal: Does the proposal show an understanding of the project objective, appropriate scale and desired results?
• Materials:  Are the materials safe and durable enough for the Colorado climate (including winds of up to 120/mph)?
• Aesthetics:  Does the artwork meet the aesthetic preferences as stated within the RFQ
• Availability:  Can the work be completed within an acceptable timeframe?
Project completion date will be determined jointly by the artist and the Visual Arts Commission; however, the intention is for the work to be installed by spring 2021.
Please note that semi-finalists for this project will be notified by September 8, 2020.  

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