Pepco Waterfront Substation Call to Artists

By Editorial Team on April 14, 2016

Deadline: Thu, 05 May 2016

Courtesy of DCCAH and Pepco.
Courtesy of DCCAH and Pepco.


Deadline: Thursday, May 5 at 5pm EST


The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) in partnership with Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) is seeking professional qualifications from artists or artist teams for the design, fabrication and installation of a permanent work of public art for the new Pepco electrical substation coming to the Buzzard Point area in Southwest Washington, DC.  Up to five semi-finalists will be selected to create site specific concept proposals.  Each artist/artist team will be paid a $2,000 design proposal stipend.  The total project budget for the selected commission is $250,000.

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-used neighborhood anchored by a planned 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. To enhance the new substation and contribute to a future dynamic neighborhood, DCCAH and Pepco are seeking to commission a work of public art that achieves the following goals:


  • Activate the Pepco Waterfront Substation plaza space with an iconic, large-scale installation.
  • Create a gateway element for the area, which will serve as a major thoroughfare with the forthcoming DC United Soccer Stadium.
  • Contribute to an inviting community space with engaging public art to promote communal activities and walkability in the neighborhood.
  • Activate a project site identified as an economic development core focus area by the DC Office of Planning.
  • Address themes of technology, power, energy, sports and/or athletics.

The proposed artwork will be sited at the corner plaza area at 1st and R Streets, SW providing a 20 x 20sf footprint.

This RFQ is open to all professional artists and teams residing in the United States. DC-based artists and teams will be given preference in the instance of identical scoring with a nationally based artist or team.

IMPORTANT: All applicants who are selected as semi-finalists must be in good standing with the District of Columbia Government and will be required to provide the following documents prior to acceptance of the design stipend and the subsequent fabrication/installation grant:

  • W-9 Tax Form
  • An ACH Vendor Enrollment Form for direct deposit payment
  • A Certificate of Cleans Hands from the DC Government
  • An Arrest and Conviction Statement from the DC Metropolitan Police Department
  • A Certificate of Liability Insurance and a list of insurance carriers if applicable
  • A Statement of Certification

To access these compliance documents, please visit

The design and artwork fabrication/installation budget is $250,000, which must include artist design fees (no more than 20% of the project budget), and costs associated with design, fabrication, transportation, shipping, installation, insurance, engineered drawings (stamped by a DC licensed engineer), permits and photo documentation of the artwork. Each Semi-Finalist will be awarded a $2,000 honorarium to create a site-specific design proposal to include a 2-d schematic design, 3-d scale model, itemized budget, implementation schedule, and project narrative that they will present to the Art Selection Panel.

For full details on the application process, please click here.