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TTUHSC Permian Basin Academic Facility


Budget: $214,000
Activated: 11/02/2016
Deadline: 12/14/2016 3:00 PM Central Time
Call Summary
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the new Permian Basin Academic Facility, located at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Permian Basin campus, located in Odessa. TX. Construction of the new facility will be completed by June 2018. See full RFQ for more details.
Budget Description
All inclusive
Project Description
Original commission
Artwork Goals
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Permian Basin is part of a seven campus regional system that serves the greater Permian Basin area with three schools located on campus providing higher medical education in Health Professions, medicine and nursing. The Permian Basin Academic Facility will include academic space for lecture halls and classrooms, research laboratories, faculty/researcher and staff offices, an education and conference center, and specialized instructional space and associated support spaces. Art in this area should help to “activate” the area by creating an element to draw people in and keep them seated in this area for studying, socializing, etc.

Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand daily foot-traffic of faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the Facility. Ideal submissions may be linear or designed to make the maximum impact in a linear space. This piece should be outdoors and available to the community. More modern and vibrant art is desired. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist will have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project.

Among relevant concepts to consider are the heritage of the Permian Basin area, including the ranching and oil history, and also the vastness of the landscape, topography and strata of the area, and the beauty in a flat space. This is a bold part of Texas with big ideas and a land full of color. Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided. Also subjects that are considered a Texas stereotype should be avoided. Artists should attempt to create a design that speaks to the diversity that a university such as the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Permian Basin brings to the community.

In order to be considered, submissions must comply with the requirements outlined in this document. Objects that are mass-produced or of standard manufacture are not eligible for consideration.
Artwork Location Description
Site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the new Permian Basin Academic Facility, stretching along the front face of the building (see additional resources for location images).
Site History
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin is dedicated to improving the quality of health care, medical education and research in the Permian Basin. The Permian Basin campuses include the School of Health Professions, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and the Texas Tech Physicians.

To learn more about the campus, visit:

The Permian Basin Academic Facility will be a 51,000 GSF, two-story building centrally sited on the main Odessa campus. The project will include academic space for campus. The proposed structure and its adjacency to other facilities will provide accessibility and promote the use of the building by the campus community in order to continue to meet lecture halls & classrooms, research laboratories, faculty/researcher and staff offices, conferencing areas, specialized instruction and other support space. Classrooms to include extensive data communications and HealthNet distance learning capabilities.
All professional artists are eligible.
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 5 - 15
Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
Please describe your initial impressions of and projected approach to this public art project for the Permian Basin Academic Facility. Specifically, please address your thoughts on location and medium and, if applicable, discuss any projects for which you used a similar approach (limit to 250-500 words).
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Attachment A (Cover Sheet) PDF Form
Concept Sketch Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
Texas Tech will select the Artist that best meets the requirements, based on the information contained in their response to the Request for Qualifications, any reference checks conducted, and the information presented during any interviews conducted as part of the selection process.
Selection Criteria
Specifically, in the selection of finalists, Texas Tech University System and its University Public Art Committee will review and consider the following:

1. The conceptual basis for the Artist’s body of work as defined in the written statement.
2. The quality – technical and aesthetic – of the artist’s past work as represented in the image submissions and budgets worked with.
3. The experience of the artist in successfully designing, fabricating, administering, and completing public art projects and/or custom architectural elements on time and in budget.
4. The artist’s training and education.
5. The quality and comprehensiveness of the submission package.

After evaluating the artists’ submissions, Texas Tech will narrow the pool of applicants to approximately two to five finalists to develop a design and model for presentation to the University Public Art Committee in Odessa, Texas. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium not to exceed $2000 for the development of their Design Proposal and to facilitate travel for the presentation. The model will not be returned to the artist.

The Design Proposals will be subject to review and acceptance by Texas Tech University System’s University Public Art Committee, the President of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and the Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.
Post RFQ: November 2, 2016
Written Inquiries must be received by: November 16, 2016
Responses to Inquiries: November 18, 2016
Responses due by 3:00 PM, CST, December 14, 2016
Finalist(s) selected and notified: January 2017
Finalist(s) design Presentations: February/March 2017
Commission awarded: TBD

Texas Tech reserves the right to modify this schedule as required.

Additional Resources
Permian Basin Academic Facility Full RFQ (PDF)
Permian Basin Academic Facility Renderings (PDF)
Contact Information
Emily Wilkinson
Director of Public Art
Box 42014
Lubbock Texas 79409 United States