Request for Qualifications – Artists and Artist Teams
Beaverton Public Safety Facility
City of Beaverton, Oregon
P.O. Box 4755
Beaverton, OR 97076
RFQ – Beaverton Public Safety Center
Deadline to Apply: July 27th, 2018 by 11:59pm PST
The City of Beaverton’s Arts Program invites experienced professional artists or artist teams who reside in Washington state or Oregon state to submit qualifications to create original and site-responsive public artwork for the new Beaverton Public Safety Facility. Up to five finalists will be selected for interviews. Each finalist will be paid a $1,500 honorarium. A project artist or artist team will be selected from the finalists. Funded through the City of Beaverton’s 1% for Art Program, the project budget is $200,000, inclusive of all expenses including design, fabrication, installation, travel, taxes and fees. Qualifications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, July 27th, 2018. There is no fee to submit qualifications.
Community Context & Background
The City of Beaverton is located seven miles west of Portland, Oregon, in the Tualatin River Valley, encompasses 19.6 square miles, and is home to approximately 98,000 residents. The city has eight departments that are responsible for services, including public safety, utilities, street maintenance, library services, and permits and inspections. Beaverton is Oregon’s sixth largest city and the second-largest incorporated city in Washington County. It has a diverse population of residents, with approximately 39% identifying as minorities and over 15% living at or below the poverty level. Beaverton is a friendly, active and responsive city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life.
The project site is seated at the confluence of three Beaverton Neighborhoods: Vose, Highland and Central Beaverton – each of which have distinct characters, demographics, and relationships with the site as a community resource and asset.
Vose – a neighborhood with a high percentage of Latinx community members. The elementary school serving the neighborhoods is dual-immersion, all students are taught in English and Spanish. Many culturally diverse businesses are located in Vose.
Highland – a neighborhood of established single family homes built in the 1950s. It is known for its mature, diverse trees and walkability.
Central Beaverton – a collection of districts, including old town – a small business district, single family homes and apartments. Its amenities include the City Library, a large public park and a very popular Farmer’s Market.
This is an essential services facility for the entire city of Beaverton and though the immediate neighborhoods should inform an artist’s approach, it is important that the selected artist consider the totality of Beaverton and all of its 11 neighborhoods.
The Public Safety Center will be built at the existing site of the Beaverton Activities Center, which is city-owned property near the corner of SW Hall Blvd and SW Allen Blvd. Planning and design of this new facility is nearing completion. The city’s project team includes representatives from Shiels Obletz Johnsen, FFA Architecture & Interiors, and Skanska Construction.
The new BPSC will provide essential facilities for the Beaverton Police Department and the Emergency Management Program. It will be built to critical facility standards so that it can provide emergency services to the community during disasters, including wind, flood, and earthquake events. Extensive planning and design work has taken place to incorporate a robust Photo Voltaic system into the BPSC project. This investment in solar energy is just one example of how the facility will prioritize sustainability and resiliency through its design and function.
The three-story, 73,000 square-foot building will include a public reception area, community room, office and administrative space, booking facilities and secure holding cells, property and evidence storage, training facilities, locker and shower facilities, public and secure parking, and a sally port (secure custody intake area). Three additional storage and support buildings on the site total 2,600 square feet. As a civic facility, the site was designed to incorporate public space and will contribute to the community vision for equitable revitalization and improvement of the wider Allen Boulevard Corridor. The project includes street improvements along two frontages (SW Hall and SW Main), new street trees, generous landscaping, and enhanced stormwater management.
Public Art Goals and Opportunities
Public art at Critical Public Safety Facility should:
- Honor the value of the Beaverton Police Department, Emergency Management and City staff as public servants focused on ensuring the safety of its citizens
- Reflect the diversity of the citizens of Beaverton and promote well-being and equity within the community
- Enhance the experience of the facility without infringing on building uses
- Connect with and engage the community in the public art process through voice, hands-on participation, education, representation and experience
- Capture imagination and enliven the site through movement, lighting conditions, experiential or interactive artwork(s)
- Elicit and encourage ritual, traditions, continued and relevant conversation with the artwork(s)
*Though not required, it is of strong interest that the selected artist or artist team consider sustainability of materials and site. Re‐use of materials is welcomed and encouraged as part of this practice.
The city’s Design Team and Art Selection Committee have identified the possible following site opportunities for public art:
- Exterior artwork(s) that enhance the facility’s entryway plaza and/or grounds, which will be used by employees, visitors to the facility and the general public
- Two‐dimensional or low‐relief artwork that is incorporated into the fencing that surrounds the secure parking area and does not disturb the security and/or function of the facility
- Artwork that enhances the exterior façade of the facility. Structural integration will present challenges due to the maturity of the building design and as such is not a desired approach.
- Two-dimensional, low-relief or suspended artworks in the lobby area
The selected artist or artist team may consider multiple locations, or consider a singular location for the artwork. There are opportunities for an array of art forms, mediums and scale.
Selection Criteria and Process
Per the requirements of the Beaverton Arts Program administrative guidelines, the Public Art Committee of the Beaverton Arts Commission appoints members to the Artist Selection Committee, which serves from artist selection through proposal development. This ensures that the city represents diverse expertise, perspectives, community engagement and experience in the field of public art. The Selection Committees must involve 3 artists or arts professionals, 1 Beaverton resident at-large and the Project Architect as voting members. The Committee will be supported and advised by appropriate City Staff.
During the first round of the selection process, the Artist Selection Committee will evaluate qualifications of artists based on these four criteria:
- Artistic vision
- Technical expertise and experience working within a design team
- Well-articulated experience in collaborative public processes as well as impactful community engagement at various stages of project development
- Strength of demonstrated experience creating significant, permanent public artworks for public agencies and/or in the public realm
The Artist Selection Panel will select 3-5 finalists to participate in interviews as part of the next phase of the selection process.
For the second round of the selection process, finalists will receive a $1,500 stipend to cover travel and related expenses associated with the interview. In addition to reviewing qualifications and previous experience in detail, finalists will be asked to discuss their approach to the project and respond to questions from the panelists. A specific proposal is not expected at this interview but finalists should be prepared to outline their interest in the project, guiding philosophy of their approach to the project site and community context, and areas of that opportunity that excite them most. The Artist Selection Committee will choose the artist for the project and forward that recommendation to the Public Art Committee of the Beaverton Arts Commission. Upon approval by the Beaverton Arts Commission, a scope of services and detailed budget will be developed based on the artist’s or artist team’s approach to the project.
Find out more about the Beaverton Arts Commission here: www.beavertonoregon.gov/276/Beaverton-Arts-Commission-Board
Estimated Project Timeline
RFQ Application Deadline: July 27th, 2018
Finalists Notified: Early August 2018
Finalists Interviewed: August - September 2018
Project Awarded and Design Contract Issued: September 2018
Conceptual Proposal Review: January 2019
Final Proposal Review: March 2019
Fabrication Contract Issued: April 2019
Professional, experienced artists and artist teams residing in Washington state or Oregon state are eligible to apply. Students are ineligible to apply. The City values diversity and encourages Individuals from historically underrepresented groups such as women, people of color, disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.
Please do not submit any other materials with your application other than those requested. They will not be reviewed by the panel and will not be used to evaluate your application and qualifications. Applicants will be required to submit the following to complete their application:
- Letter of Interest (1000-word limit) which underscores your specific interest in this project, how your work is well-aligned, and addresses your approach to community engagement
- Artist Statement
- Portfolio of 10-16 artworks – no composite images, please. High-quality and relevant images are requested.
- Annotated Image List, including budget amounts
- (3) Professional References
How to Apply
Please visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/PublicSafetyCenterPublicArtRFQ.
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Submission and Deadline
All RFQ materials must be completed through Submittable no later than Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 11:59pm PST. Submissions that are incomplete, late or received by unauthorized means will not be considered, so applicants are encouraged to submit in advance of the deadline so that any unforeseen problems with materials can be addressed.
For additional information, contact Laura Elizabeth Becker, Arts Program Manager for the City of Beaverton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 526-2299.
For information regarding the project, visit www.beavertonoregon.gov/1757/Public-Safety-Center.
To view the Beaverton Public Safety Center Site Plans, visit https://apps.beavertonoregon.gov/Arts/docs/PublicSafetyCenterPublicArtRFQ.pdf.
For information about the Arts Program and this public art opportunity, visit www.beavertonoregon.gov/1526/Public-Art.