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M-NCPPC Call for Proposals for Southern Regional Tech/Rec Complex

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Image courtesy of the MNCPP-C.

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Application Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2013

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation invites creative concept/proposals for a work of art to be mounted within the wall space above the slate fireplace, which is located in a highly visible area upon entry to the Southern Regional Tech/Rec Complex. The available area is approximately 8 feet wide and 7 feet high.

Site Location: 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744

Project Budget: $50,000

Application Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2013.
An onsite pre-application briefing will be held March 25, 2013 from 10am to 11am at Southern Regional Tech/Rec Complex 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744.

Eligibility: Individual artists or artist teams from Maryland, Washington, DC or Virginia are eligible to apply. All must be 18 years old or older.

Project Background:
The Southern Regional Technical/Recreation Complex was envisioned as an exciting technology oriented state-of-the-art public recreation facility that will be a major draw for the county. The facility is currently under construction and is expected to be open to the public in Spring 2013.

When completed, the building will be 32,000 square feet, containing two high school size gymnasiums with an elevated walking track, fitness facilities for both adults and teens, aerobics areas, computer room/digital studio, music recording studio, a climbing wall, a multi-purpose room/rental facility with a warming kitchen, an environmental science area, meeting rooms and two cyber cafe areas for teens and adults. There will also be an outdoor patio area for special events or general seating. Future plans include outdoor athletic fields adjacent to the building. Walking trails in the fields and wooded areas will connect to nearby Tucker Road Athletic complex. The interior will be mostly white block and title, accented by deep eggplant and apple green. There will be metal mesh panel screens to divide fitness spaces, allowing patrons to sense the activities throughout. Selected furnishings will be contemporary, and in some cases multi-functional and modular.

Through the Public Art Project # 1 (Exterior Entry) and Project # 2 (Patio Area) for the facility, two works of art have been commissioned and are currently under construction. Project # 1 was awarded to the Ray King Studio to produce “Beacon,” while Project # 2 was awarded to Judy Sutton Moore to produce “Butterfly Tree.”

This project, Project # 3, will mark the completion of the public art projects earmarked for the opening of the building. The community in the southern area of Prince George’s County is eagerly awaiting the grand opening of this new center.

Public Art Project # 3: 
Interactive Technology Artwork Budget

$50,000 has been allocated for the total project to include all fees and costs including but not limited to final design, materials, fabrication, engineering, technical drawings, installation, documentation, directions for usage, travel, transport, maintenance specifications, etc.

Project Concept:
In keeping with the overall theme of the building, the Public Art Selection Committee is seeking highly creative, dynamic and innovative concepts that combine art and technology in some way. The work is to be mounted within the wall space above the slate fireplace, which is located in a highly visible entry area to the Southern Regional Tech/Rec Complex. The available space for mounting the artwork is approximately 8 feet wide and 7 feet high. In addition, artwork must:

  • Not pose a risk of injury to the public
  • Meet all applicable codes
  • Not interfere with the operation and serviceability of the building
  • Require little or no maintenance

Please note:That attachments to the building may require the certification of a structural engineer. Any costs related to power, structural engineering shall be the responsibility of the artist and included in the cost proposal. The artist is responsible for the installation and must be on site at any time there is construction or installation for the artwork at the site.

An onsite pre-application briefing will be held March 25, 2013 from 10am to 11am at Southern Regional Tech/Rec Complex 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744.

Application Requirements:
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  1. One completed and signed application form.
  2. A brief summary of your public art concept for this project, not to exceed five pages, including project materials, key technical and operating components, approximate weight and power requirements, along with a complete project budget. Proposals should be accompanied by some sort of visual and/or sound description of the concept.
  3. Artist Statement, Artist Resume, and Statement of Qualifications to do this kind of project.
  4. Three work references.
  5. Any supplementary materials you would like to submit to help support your application.
  6. For artist teams, please submit information for the team leader and for other team members as well.

Please note: The Selection Panel reserves the right to request minor modifications to the awarded concept. The artist or artist team leader must guarantee that the arts concept they present is original and does not violate the copyright of another person. The selected artist team leader will enter into a contract with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) which may have them make minor modifications to the awarded concept with a final concept being included in the contract terms.

Tentative Project Schedule (Subject to Modification)

  • March 25, 2013 – Onsite pre-application briefing
  • April 12, 2013 – Application Deadline (in the office by 5pm)
  • April 26, 2013 – Finalist(s) Notified
  • May 17, 2013 – Contract Finalized
  • June 24, 2013 – Artwork Installed

Application Submission Address:
Southern Regional Tech Rec-Public Art Project # 3
Attention: Alec Simpson
Arts & Cultural Heritage Division
7833 Walker Drive, Suite 430
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Contact Person:
Alec Simpson
Arts and Cultural Heritage Division
[email protected]
(301)446-3232 (VOICE)
(301)446-3233 (FAX)
(301)446-6802 (TTY)

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