NoMa Artscapes: Transforming Public Spaces

The NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District (BID) is seeking an individual artist and/or design team to design, fabricate and install permanent artworks in the public realm space of the newly constructed Capitol Plaza Building. The overarching goal of this project is to beautify and enhance the vibrancy of the streetscape, while creating a landmark that contributes to the sense of place and quality of life in this rapidly developing urban neighborhood.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, RfQ, Restricted, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Art
Country Washington D.C.
RegDeadline 16 March 2009 GoogleCal iCal
16 March 2009 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Individual artists and/or design teams are invited to submit qualifications. Applicants may include artists, landscape architects, architects, lighting designers, engineers, and other design professionals. However, applicants must have the necessary exper

Capitol Plaza is located at 1200 First Street NE, at the corner of 1st Street and M Street NE, Washington D.C. The site is highly visible and accessible to pedestrians and motorists due to its location just one block from the New York Avenue Metro Station as well as Route 50/New York Avenue. The building, owned by an affiliate of the Polinger Company, was designed by renowned architect Shalom Baranes. The Selection Committee will consider a wide range of media, including sculpture, mosaic, sidewalk insets, street furniture, planters, landscaping, lighting and painting treatments. Applicants can submit qualifications individually or as teams, and include artists, landscape architects, architects, lighting designers, engineers, and other design professionals.

The NoMa BID is managing and funding the project with matching funds provided by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ (DCCAH) Public Art Building Communities Program. DCCAH is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Qualifications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee comprising local arts, culture, design, business and civic leaders.

Selection Criteria
- Demonstrated excellence and relevance of past work in conceptual, aesthetic and technical terms
- Capability of applicant, in terms of professional qualifications and certifications, to fulfill the technical requirements of project
- Ability to manage schedules, communications and budgets as evidenced by previous projects and/or supported by professional references
- Prior experience working with community stakeholders, businesses and government entities

The total contract to be awarded to an artist &/or design team for this project is $100,000. This contract amount is inclusive of all costs including, but not limited to, artist/design fees, insurance, materials, fabrication, installation, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses, other consultation fees such as structural engineering, and any other costs. Installations and materials should be highly durable and low-maintenance. Semi-finalists are encouraged to consult with a professional conservator prior to the submission of a final proposal.

Entry Fee

Up to eight (8) JPG images of related, representational work, etc.

Submission Address
Dana Chieco
Planning & Program Manager
NoMa Business Improvement District
131 M Street NE, Suite 105
Washington DC 20002

Selection of up to 3 Semi‐Finalists: April 2009
Selection of Finalist: May/June 2009

NoMa (north of Massachusetts Avenue) Business Improvement District (BID)

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