INTERMODAL STATION PARKING GARAGE
WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15, 2011
Artwork for the façade of the Intermodal Station Parking Garage at T. F. Green Airport, 700 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI, will be commissioned through Rhode Island’s Public Art Law, which mandates that 1% of all state capital construction and renovation funds be allocated to the purchase and maintenance of public art. Through this program the State recognizes that “public art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens.”
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation, (RIAC), operates T.F. Green Airport and the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island. A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number of public art commissions for T. F. Green. The airport is centrally located just off of Interstate 95 in Warwick, Rhode Island and serves not only Rhode Island but also Southeastern Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is responsible for a diverse transportation system of more than 1,100 miles of roads and approximately 800 bridges that provides a variety of convenient, cost-effective mobility opportunities for people and the movement of goods to support economic development and improved quality of life.
Established in 1967, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community.
The Interlink at T. F. Green Airport in Warwick officially opened on October 27, 2010. It offers multiple transportation alternatives, including a consolidated rental car facility serving the airport, local RI Public Transportation Authority bus service and Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority commuter rail service to Providence and Boston.
The Warwick Station District is a redevelopment opportunity of important statewide significance, bringing jobs and strengthening Rhode Island’s economy. The District centers around an intermodal facility that is unique in the United States, one which connects an airport, Amtrak and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority service on the Northeast rail corridor, buses, Interstate I-95 and car rental agencies under one roof.
The City of Warwick and the RI Economic Development Corporation are working together with local property owners to brand and market this district in order to enable the development of a new transit village which will include hotels, offices, commercial buildings, condominiums and apartments at an urban, pedestrian-oriented scale. The District is expected to attract several hundred million dollars in development over the next decade
The Intermodal Parking Garage is a 6 level parking garage with approximately 1,800 parking spaces for rental car operators and 640 parking spaces for rail commuters. It includes a 1,200-foot, elevated, enclosed, skywalk, with moving walkways to help passengers move to and from T.F. Green Airport.
Only the facade of the garage is under consideration for a public art commission. Along Jefferson Blvd, this face is 463’-2” long. The elevation of the garage is 75’-2” above grade along Jefferson Boulevard.
A goal of the project is to make the greatest positive visual impact on this particular façade.
Proper ventilation of parking garages is mandated. Artists will be expected to design and produce a commission that meets prescribed standards. The Garage is designed as an “Open Parking Garage” per the Building Code. For natural ventilation purposes, the exterior sides of the structure shall have uniformly distributed openings. For a site to be considered “open”, the total area of openings along the side shall not be less than 50% of the interior area of the side at each tier and such openings shall be equally distributed along the length of the tier. The present condition is at the threshold required by code. The existing open area, therefore, may not be impeded. Consequently, all installations need to be placed either:
• In front of the existing solid surfaces (concrete, glass, etc.) only.
• Where installed over existing open areas, the installations must be installed away from openings a distance equal to or greater than the maximum dimension of the obstruction.
The proposed installation will need to receive a building permit and provide proof that the “open garage” requirement for ventilation is not violated.
On Wednesday, October 5th, panelists met on site to discuss the commission. The following are items that were introduced:
• The site just to the south will be a mixed use development which would include hotel, office and commercial space. It is owned by D’Ambra Construction, a RI construction company. An exact date of construction has not yet been announced.
• Ultimately, the City hopes that the Elizabeth Mill across the street from the garage will become residential lofts or a mixed use restoration. This mill provided employment for scores of immigrants in the 19th century.
• The City discussed the Master Plan for the District and provided a brief overview of the history of the area: http://www.warwickri.gov/pdfs/planning/WSRDMasterPlanAUGUST2011.pdf
• RISCA and the panel are interested in broadening the distribution of the RFQ in an attempt to reach minority and low-income artists. Please forward this RFQ widely.
• Rather than introduce specific content areas, the panel feels that the RFQ should remain broad. They are interested in seeing what artists will present.
• Rhode Island State Governor Chafee is committed to creating a new identity for the district. It is hoped that this public art commission will help with that effort.
• The panel is committed to the purchase of one commission.
• Freestanding work may be considered if it is of sufficient height.
Please note: This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is the first step in the public art selection process.
RISCA will conduct the Intermodal Station Parking Garage application process online, with all materials submitted in digital format through CaFÉ (see below). There is no charge to the artist for applying or for submitting digital images. At this preliminary selection stage, we are requesting submissions from artists or art teams consisting of six (6) images representing current work (completed within the past ten years), resumes, and very brief descriptions of potential site-specific proposals.
If an artist wants to apply as an individual as well as part of a team, two separate CaFÉ profiles and two separate CaFÉ applications must be completed (i.e., one application submission for you and one application submission for your team).
Applications consisting of six images, answers to designated questions, and resumes will be reviewed by the public art selection panel to assess the quality and appropriateness of the artist’s work, interest in their proposal idea, and the artist’s ability to carry out a substantial public art commission.
Applicants are asked only to provide a short description of their proposal for artwork at the site along with a rough outline of expenses for the design and construction totaling no more than $270,000. Three finalists will be selected from the pool of RFQ applicants and those finalists will craft detailed proposals including an itemized budget, scale models and renderings, and an in-depth project description. For this they will each be paid an honorarium of $2,500. This stipend includes all travel expenses: hotel, transportation, mileage, etc., for both the site visit and the subsequent presentation meeting. Finalists will not be reimbursed separately for any travel costs.
No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call. First time CaFÉ applicants must allow enough time to prepare their CaFÉ formatted digital images and electronic submission prior to the deadline. CaFÉ surveys have shown that it takes approximately 2-4 hours to prepare images and submit an online application, dependent on a variety of factors.
Each application must be submitted via the CaFÉ ™ web site (www.callforentry.org) and must include:
1. A current resume for each artist. If you are applying as a team, include all team member resumes within one document.
2. Six digital images of relevant artwork. In the Description of Image, accompanying image annotation must list media, size, title, date of completion and a brief description of the artwork if necessary. Please do not present more than one view of artwork per image. If you wish to show a “detail”, include it within the six (6) artwork images.
3. A written statement, not to exceed 3,000 characters, that addresses the artist’s/team’s preliminary concept or potential approach for creating site-specific public art for the Intermodal Station Parking Garage as well as the proposed project budget. The artist’s budget must list artist’s team commission fees, anticipated cost of the installed work, and anticipated administrative costs.
December 15, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) Deadline for submissions
Early January 2012: panel meeting for selection of finalists
Early January 2012: Artist notification
Late January 2012: Finalist site visits
February 2012: Finalist presentations to selection panel; panel selects artist
March, 2012: Final approval by RISCA Council
TBD: Contract signed
TBD: Work installed and completed
According to law, final recommendations of the selection panel will be presented to the governing council of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts who will have final approval of the public art selection.
Finalist’s site-specific proposals should convey artist’s ideas and plans through designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes the project’s intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, and an itemized budget. Artists chosen as finalists are also asked to explain how their artwork will be sourced and fabricated. The finalists will be supplied with plans, photographs, and specific information about the Intermodal Station Parking Garage. A site visit as well as a meeting with the architect and the Intermodal administration will be scheduled for the finalists. An honorarium of $2,500 will be awarded to the finalists following presentation of their proposals. The proposals will remain the property of the artist. However, RISCA reserves the right to retain proposals for up to one year for display purposes and the right to reproduce final proposals for documentation and public information purposes.
The Public Art Selection Panel reserves the right to determine which proposal will be funded and the extent of funding. The panel also reserves the right to not accept any final proposal submitted. If the recommendations of the Public Art Selection Panel are approved by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the selected artist/s will enter into a contract with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the selected commission. The accepted artwork will be owned and maintained by the State of Rhode Island.
The commission process can be lengthy. It is within the purview of RISCA and the other commissioning agencies to request changes in the original proposal.
The panel will select the artist based on the following criteria:
1. Artistic Quality: Quality and suitability of the final proposal in relation to the project description, program goals and site descriptions.
2. Ability of the Artist/Artist Team: The artist’s ability to carry out the commission, to keep the project within budget and to complete and install the work on schedule.
3. Value: The quality and scope of the proposed completed work in relation to the commission and fees paid to the artist/artist’s team.
4. Durability of the Work: Permanence and durability of materials for this heavily used public facility. It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that all artwork meets safety standards, adheres to building codes and other state regulations. Artworks must be durable and require minimal maintenance.
5. Collaborative Spirit: Willingness of the artist to consult with community members, the architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, general contractor and building staff (or designated representatives) to assure smooth integration of the artwork into the site and to make necessary adjustments in relation to building codes and other construction issues.
This call is open to all artists. Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with others. The panel will not discriminate against any applicant artist on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or physical challenges.
Excluded from participation are RISCA Council members, staff and their family members as well as Public Art Selection Panel members and their families.
If you have questions about the RFQ, email Elizabeth Keithline: Elizabeth.Keithline@arts.ri.gov. If you require technical support for CAFÉ, please email firstname.lastname@example.org