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EXTENDED: 4 Fire/Emergency Medical Services Station Opportunities, Art in Public Places, Austin, TX

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Budget: $365,000
Activated: 02/06/2021
Deadline: 04/27/2021
 
Call Summary
The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department seeks to commission four (4) local artists or artist teams to create permanent public artwork for stations related to fire and emergency medical services. The commissioned artwork should reflect the mission of the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (AFD/EMS) “to create safer communities through prevention, preparedness, and effective emergency response.” Artworks should be integrated into the spaces of the stations. A range of materials and conceptual approaches are welcome!

Attend a Virtual Artist Information Meeting on Zoom to learn more:
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM CST
Sign-up to attend the meeting via EventBrite here: https://bit.ly/3tFKdJT
Watch a recording of the meeting here after: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/aipp-opportunities

**See the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) PDF in "Additional Resources" below for ADDITIONAL PROJECT DETAILS.**
 
Budget Description
A budget of $365,000 will be split across 4 AFD/EMS stations in Austin. The funding for these AIPP projects is generated by pooling 2% of the estimate construction budgets for the construction of and/or renovations to the AFD/EMS stations. The amounts per station (listed below) are based on the construction budget associated with each station. Note: Artist budgets are inclusive of ALL project-related costs.

1. Del Valle / Moore’s Crossing Station, Artist Budget: $135,000
2. Travis Country Station, Artist Budget: $118,000
3. AFD Station 1 / EMS Station 6, Artist Budget: $42,000
4. AFD Station 22 / EMS Station 12, Artist Budget: $70,000
 
Project Description
Four artists or artist teams will be selected to create artwork at four project locations. Each artist will work with the AFD and EMS departments and engage the surrounding community for inspiration. The artists selected for these commissions will be able to spend time observing and researching the work of Austin’s first responders and will reflect their time with the people of AFD/EMS in their final artwork.

Each artist's Scope of Work will include a Research Phase (including stakeholder and community engagement), Design Phase, and Fabrication/Installation Phase. See the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) PDF in "Additional Resources" below for a description of each phase.
 
Artwork Goals
The goal of these AFD/EMS projects is to select artists or artist teams who will design artwork that:
*integrates with the site; or the interior or exterior architecture of the station;
*reflects the mission “to create safer communities through prevention, preparedness, and effective emergency response;”
*is relevant to AFD/EMS's role in how the station serves the community;
*is physically and conceptually accessible to nearby residents, visitors, and station staff;
*is easily maintained and vandal resistant; and
*contributes to the depth/breadth of the City of Austin's public art collection.
 
Artwork Location Description
The City of Austin will be building new AFD/EMS stations in several locations across the city. The new stations listed on this call include:

1. Del Valle/Moore’s Crossing: Elroy and Ross Rd, Austin, TX 78617, Council District: 2
Artist Budget: $135,000

2. Travis Country: 5410 HWY 290 W, Austin, TX 78749, Council District: 8
Artist Budget: $118,000

The City will also be renovating existing AFD/EMS stations to maintaining safe and equitable facilities for fire and paramedic staff. Stations undergoing renovation listed on this call include:

3. AFD Station 1 / EMS Station 6: 401 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701, Council District: 9
Station Renovations include extensive building system, code, and accessibility upgrades
Artist Budget: $42,000

4. AFD Station 22 / EMS Station 12: 5309 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741, Council District: 3
Station Renovations includes rebuild of the station
Artist Budget: $70,000
 
Site History
**For more information about each station, visit: https://data.austintexas.gov/stories/s/Austin-Fire-Department-Fire-Stations/rseh-55mp/. Stations are listed by Council District.**

About the Sponsor Departments:

The Austin Fire Department serves a population of more than 840,000 within a 308 square mile area in Austin, TX. 1,100 AFD employees respond from 45 fire stations and 7 other works sites to more than 85,000 calls a year. Like most fire departments, AFD is responsible for providing a multitude of services. This includes operations and support services, aircraft firefighting and rescue, maintenance shops, medical operations, emergency prevention, arson investigations, professional standards, community outreach, safety, special operations, and educational services.
See AFD website for more information: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/fire

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services serves over 1,300 square miles, including all of Travis County and parts of Williamson and Hays Counties. Eighteen cities are included in this service area, including the City of Austin. In 2015, EMS responded to over 120,000 calls from 37 stations in the service area. As with AFD, EMS is responsible for providing a multitude of services including operations and support services, cadet training academy, emergency management preparedness for man-made and natural disasters, professional standards, special event services, emergency communications, community outreach, and educational services.
See EMS website for more information: https://www.austintexas.gov/content/ems-austin-travis-county
 
Eligibility
This AIPP project opportunity is reserved for those meeting the following eligibility: *Practicing visual artists or artist teams; *At least 18 years of age; and *Live and work in the Austin metropolitan area, which includes Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet and Blanco counties. | Ineligibilities: The artist may not be a full-time employee of the City of Austin, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services, or a member of the Project Consultant’s firm or employed thereby. | Note: Artists who have lived experience with the work of the Austin Fire Department and/or the work of the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services are encouraged to apply. Artists who have lived experience with the community surrounding a station location are encouraged to apply.
 
Application Requirements
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 10
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
Demographics Survey: Communities
Demographics Survey: Gender
Demographics Survey: Pronouns
Demographics Survey: Race/Ethnicity
Demographics Survey: Veteran Status
Short Answer Question 1 Text
Short Answer Question 2 Text
Short Answer Question 3 Text
 
Selection Information
Selection Process
1) The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is distributed.
2) Artists submit their applications through PublicArtist.org by the deadline.
3) The City of Austin's AIPP Panel convenes a selection jury.
4) The selection jury and advisors review the applications, select and interview finalists, and recommend 4 artists and artist teams and alternates for each the project site.
5) The AIPP Panel and Austin Arts Commission approve the jury's recommendations.
6) AIPP staff inform applicants of the selection results.
 
Selection Criteria
The jury and advisors will review and consider the following evaluation criteria:
*artistic merit and technical expertise;
*demonstrated successful, innovative and effective approach to public art projects of a similar scope;
*ability to successfully execute a public art project; and
*expressed interest in creating artwork within this community setting.
 
Timeline
(Subject to Change)
February 2021 - Request for Qualifications opens; Artist information meeting
April 2021 - Request for Qualifications close
May 2021 - Selection Meeting #1 (Select finalists)
June 2021 - Selection Meeting #2 (Interview finalists and recommend 4 artists for commission and alternates)
July 2021 - Approval of artists and alternates by AIPP Panel and Arts Commission
August 2021 - Request for City Council contract approvals
September 2021 - Artists contract execution and kick-off meeting
October-November 2021 - Artist engagement with AFD/EMS and the community
December 2021 - Mid-Design review by AIPP Panel

February 2022 - Final Design review by conservator; Final Design approval by AFD/EMS departments
March 2022 - Final Design approval by AIPP Panel and Austin Arts Commission
April 2022 - Commission contract and Notice to Proceed with Fabrication

Artwork installation as required

Tentative AFD/EMS Station Construction Completion Dates:
New Stations:
Del Valle/Moore’s Crossing: Complete
Travis Country: July 2021

Station Renovations:
AFD22/EMS12: June 2022
AFD1/EMS6: July 2022
 
Additional Resources
https://www.austintexas.gov/department/aipp-opportunities
AIPP_4 FireEMS Stations_Request for Qualifications (PDF)
 
Contact Information
Alex Irrera
Art in Public Places Coordinator
City of Austin, Economic Development Department, ATT: Alex Irrera, P.O Box 1088
Austin TX 78767 United States
alex.irrera@austintexas.gov
512.974.7860
 

 

 

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