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Longhorn Dam Bridge Project


Budget: $190,000
Activated: 06/07/2022
Deadline: 08/18/2022
Call Summary
The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department (EDD) seeks to commission a visual artist, or artist team, to design and fabricate an artwork for the new Longhorn Dam Wishbone Bridge AIPP project located on the new wishbone-shaped pedestrian and bicycle bridge over lady Bird Lake near the Longhorn Dam on Pleasant Valley Road.Artists living and working in the State of Texas area are eligible to apply. Artists are invited artists to submit a Request for Qualifications and respond to questions determined by the project team, specific to the Longhorn Dam Wishbone Bridge AIPP project.
Budget Description
The funds for this project are derived from the 2% for public art portion of the City of Austin’s contribution to the estimated construction budget. One commission will be awarded, budgets are inclusive of design, fabrication and installation, including permitting fees, travel and shipping expenses, insurance and other project related costs.
Artwork Goals
The Art in Public Places program seeks to commission works of art of redeeming quality that advance public understanding of visual art and enhance the aesthetic quality of public places through the selection of a qualified artist who can innovatively and thoughtfully design within the context of this pr oject. For the Longhorn Dam Wishbone Bridge.The goals of this specific public art project are to: »Creates an iconic artwork that identifies the Longhorn Dam area;»Reflects the natural elements of the environment and history of the surrounding community;»Visually or physically integrates wayfinding elements that help inform and direct pedestrian traffic; »Enriches or adds to the depth/breadth of the City of Austin’s public art collection.
Artwork Location Description
This public art opportunity is open to a wide range of ideas to be proposed by the selected artist, or artist team, in consultation with the project’s design team. The selected artist or artist team will coordinate with City staff and stakeholders to develop an artwork to be integrated into the construction of the new building addition. The selected artist, or artist team, will work closely with the project’s design team to develop a comprehensive design for an artwork at the new pedestrian underpass. The existing underpass will be decommissioned and a new underpass will be built south of the existing path.
Site History
Project BackgroundIn 2018, the City of AustinPublic Works Department in partnership withAustin Transportation Department (ATD) began work on a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) to evaluate the possibility ofa new pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Lady Bird Lake, as well as a review of possible interim improvements to the existing bridge.Funding for interim improvements was made available from the2016 Mobility Bond. Funding to fully design and construct a new bridge was recently approved by voters as part of the 2020 Bond.In summer 2019, Austin Transportation and Public Works Department shared five bridge alternatives that were developed from community input received in late 2018. A project survey was available from June 10 through July 10 to collect community feedback on the different alternatives, including a no build option, as well as the proposed interim improvements. Of the five bridge alternatives and the no build option, Alternative B (Wishbone shaped bridge thatconnects to the shore at three points) received the most overall support, with 742 responses selecting this alternative as their top choice and 1,419 responses indicating they were “very comfortable” or “somewhat comfortable” with Alternative B.Art in Public Places| Cultural Arts DivisionEconomic Development Department | City of Austin5202 E. Ben White Blvd. Suite 400 | Austin, TX 78741 512.974.7700 |
Longhorn Dam Bridge- Request for QualificationsAustin Public Works, Austin Transportation, and Austin Parks and Recreation are partnering to design and construct a new wishbone-shaped pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Lady Bird Lake near the Longhorn Dam. Austin Public Works’ Urban Trails Program is managing this project through all phases of design, construction, and inspection. The project’s Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) also established a set of Guiding Principles of Bridge Design. This design framework is guiding decision-making throughout the design phase.The project’s Guiding Principles include: •Safety & Accessibility: Design the bridge and its connecting trails to the highest standards of safety and accessibility.•Convenient Connections: Provide a bridge alignment and connections that create direct and convenient travel paths for both commuters and recreational trail users. •Environment & Landscape: Design the bridge to complement and enhance the environment, park, river and the natural landscape.•Friendly & Engaging Deck Space: Design the bridge deck, furnishings, and connecting trails and spaces to create a high-quality user experience. •Cost- Effective Structure: Design the bridge structure to be as cost-efficient as possible, prioritizing the user experience at the deck level.The project team has taken the concept for this new bridge from the PER and refined the design based on community input and City staff feedback and is at 30% Design.
Longhorn Dam Bridge- Request for QualificationsNote: the illustrated renderings below are conceptual and subject to change.
Longhorn Dam Bridge- Request for QualificationsBridge and Plaza Area•Paving patterns on the bridge surface to separate areas where people can stop and gather from a path for people traveling across the bridge •LED pole-mounted lighting to provide energy-efficient, low-maintenance, night sky and wildlife-friendly lighting for comfortable 24-hour use of the bridge •Steel trellis structure to guide the growth of vines to create a natural shade cover in the plaza area•Planters at the foot of steel trellis structure to support vine growth•Shade sails atop the steel trellis structure to provide shade for bridge users until vines are mature•Wood benches to provide seating at plaza overlooks•Galvanized steel handrails along the entire bridge •Trash and recycling receptacles on each bridge leg to prevent litter and pollution Pleasant Valley Underpass•New, larger underpass constructed of concrete arches•16-foot concrete trail within the underpass to connect the Butler Hike and Bike Trail, Country Club Creek Trail, and Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Metropolitan Park•Two 7-foot drainage swales composed of mortared rock bordering the concrete trail to collect stormwater•Ground-mounted lighting to illuminate the underpass for safety
Longhorn Dam Bridge- Request for QualificationsCanterbury Street Parkland•Preservation of the Roy Montelongo Scenic Overlook, gazebo, and water fountain•New trailhead/warm-up area with granite paving, fitness equipment, bike racks, benches, and a water fountain•New ADA-accessible picnic area with granite paving, three tables, and trash and recycling receptacles•New concrete trail connection fromthe bridge landing to existing sidewalks on Canterbury Street and shared use paths on South Pleasant Valley Road •Landscaping improvements, including planting new trees, native grasses, and wildflowers•On-street parking, including a van-accessible ADA parking space, along south edge of Canterbury Street•Galvanized steel handrails along parkland between the bridge landing and South Pleasant Valley Road for safety
Applicants should meet the following requirements:•Professional visual artist, or artist team•At least 18 years of age; and•Live and work in the State of TexasFull-time, permanent City of Austin employees are ineligible to apply. Employees of the project consult- ants and sub-consultants are also ineligible to apply. Artists who are under an active contract with the Art in Public Places program at the time of application are ineligible to apply.Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.Artists who currently have one active contract for a permanent artwork with the Art in Public Places program are ineligible to apply.Artist teams are considered as separate entities; their projects do not count as projects by the individual artists. Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 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.
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Selection Information
Selection Process
Request for Qualifications will be solicited to professional visual artists who live and work in the State of A Texas.
Longhorn Dam Bridge- Request for QualificationsThe City of Austin Art in Public Places Panel will convene a selection panel to evaluate the submissions. The jury and advisors will review qualifications and select three to five finalists for interviews unless there is consensus on the selection of recommending one applicant and one alternate.This recommendation will be presented to the Art in Public Places Panel, Arts Commission and City Council for approval. The approved artist(s) will be put under a design + commission contract to coordinate with the City and the project’s design team to develop a comprehensive design for artwork. The final design is subject to approval by the Art in Public Places Panel and the Austin Arts Commission and may be subject to review by other relevant City Boards and Commissions and stakeholder groups prior to fabrication and installation.
Selection Criteria
The selection of an artist, or artist team, shall be based on whose qualifications best meet the requirements contained in this Prospectus. In addition to the standard project selection criteria found on the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places website(, the Selection Panel will review and consider the following evaluation criteria: »Artistic merit and technical expertise; »Demonstrated ability to successfully execute innovative public art projects in an outdoorenvironment; »Demonstrated ability to successfully execute a public art project on time and on budget; and»Expressed interest in creating artwork for the community.
Schedule (subject to change)2022 January - Project introduction to AIPP PanelMarch – Prospectus community engagement meetingsApril – Prospectus approval by AIPP Panel & Arts CommissionJune 7 – Request for Qualifications released June 15 - Artist Information Meeting August 4 – Deadline for RFQ applications August 18 - Selection panel review of applicationsAugust 30 - Artist InterviewsSeptember 5 – Selection Process Approval by AIPP Panel September 19 – Selection Process Approval Arts Commission October 20 – City Council RCANovember 1 – Artist under contract and project Kick-off meetingDecember – Artist community engagement2023 February – Mid-Design review by AIPP PanelSpring – Final Design sponsor department and conservation reviews, Final Design approval by AIPP Paneland Austin Arts Commission Summer – artwork fabrication 2024 Anticipated Construction project beginning 2026 Fall – Anticipated Construction project completion and artwork installation
Additional Resources
RFQ_English (PDF)
RFQ_Spanish (PDF)
Contact Information
Anna Bradley
Art in Public Places Coordinator
201 E. Second Street
Austin TX 78701 United States



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