Pepco Waterfront Building Niche Design Project: Request for Proposals

By Editorial Team on February 8, 2017

Deadline: Fri, 03 March 2017

Photo courtesy of DCCAH.
Photo courtesy of DCCAH.


Deadline: Friday, March 3 at 4pm EST


Project Budget: $100,000

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) with Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) is seeking professional proposals from local artists or artist teams for the design, fabrication and installation of a permanent work of public art on the electrical substation building that is planned for the Buzzard Point area in Southwest Washington, DC.

Buzzard Point, located on a peninsula formed by the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, is on the verge of transforming from a bare, industrial area into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood anchored by the new DC United Soccer Stadium. Pepco is creating the Waterfront Substation to support existing customers and forthcoming development efforts in the Capitol Riverfront and Southwest Waterfront areas. Please review the official Pepco Waterfront Building Niche Design Project Call located on the CAH website for more information.

This opportunity is open to local DC artists and artist teams over the age of 18 who are current residents of Washington, DC. Each applicant must be a legal DC resident for at least one (1) year prior to the deadline of the application, maintain residency during the entire project period and have a permanent DC address, as listed on government issued ID or tax returns. Post office boxes may not be used.

Applications must be submitted online through our Grant Application Portal. For new applicants, select “Sign Up Today”. For applicants with an existing account, select “Sign In”. In the event of forgotten login information, the password can be reset by selecting “Forgot your password?”

Once fully registered, applicants must select Civic Commissioned Projects (Individuals) to complete the application questions and upload all required documents, supplementary material and work samples.


  • January 31, 2017: Request for proposals released
  • March 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm EST: Application deadline
  • Week of March 20, 2017: Panel to review applications and select finalists
  • March 31, 2017: Selected artists/artist team notified
  • April 2017: Payment executed by Pepco
  • May 2017 – September 2017: Artwork fabrication timeline
  • October – December 2017: Artwork installation timeline
  • December 2017 (date TBD:Artwork dedication

For more information regarding the project, or clarification about requirements, proposals, work sample submissions and any grant portal assistance, please contact the project managers below at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

  • Ron Humbertson, Art Collections Registrar: or 202-719-6527
  • Kyra Saffran, Public Art Program Assistant: or 202- 299-5695