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Request for qualifications, public art at Texas Tech University

Biological Sciences Buildings Life Safety Upgrades
Texas Tech University
Project Number 07-30
Lubbock, Texas

3:00 PM, CDT, Monday, March 31, 2014

Facilities Planning & Construction
Box 42014
Lubbock, TX 79409-2014

FAX: 806-742-1169

The Texas Tech University System is an Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages all Historically
Underutilized Businesses to participate.


The Texas Tech University System (Texas Tech) seeks Statements of Qualifications from Professional Visual
Artists for the project described below. The selected Artist will contract directly with Texas Tech to successfully
complete the full scope of the Project within the project budget and on schedule. Through the percent-for-art
program, Texas Tech seeks to enrich the cultural and intellectual life of its campuses by building a collection of
public art created by leading artists of our time.

This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) provides information on the scope of the project and information to aid in
preparing responses to this RFQ. All inquiries regarding this Project and RFQ must be in writing and must be
submitted to the Project Manager listed below in sufficient time to allow Texas Tech to respond. Texas Tech will
evaluate the inquiries, determine whether an Addendum is required, and issue an appropriate response on the
Electronic State Business Daily ( Interested artists should periodically check the ESBD
posting for revisions.

Facilities Planning and Construction is not responsible for the accuracy or comprehensiveness of information
provided by other Texas Tech officials or other agencies. Artists should not rely on information obtained from
sources other than the Project Manager listed below. Texas Tech reserves the right to waive any or all formalities
and to reject any or all responses if it determines it is in its best interest to do so.


Project: Biological Sciences Buildings Life Safety Upgrades
Project Number: 07-30
Institution: Texas Tech University
Location: Lubbock, Texas

Project Budget: $77,000 (All Inclusive). This amount is inclusive of all costs associated with this public art project including, but not limited to, artist fees, other consultants’ and subcontractors’ fees, insurance conforming to Texas Tech University standards, engineering, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation (including any site modification), and post-installation documentation.

Project Scope: The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create
site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the Biology Building as a part of the
Biological Sciences Buildings Life Safety upgrades. Retrofitting of the building will be
completed by April 2014.

The six-story Biology Building houses classrooms, research labs, academic labs and
offices. The area south of the Biology building, outside of Biology Lecture 100, is where
the artwork will be placed (see attached site plan for more detail).

Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand
West Texas’ intense weather conditions. Ideal submissions may be vertical and easily
seen from a distance. Submitting artists should consider views from the upper floors of
the building, which is how occupants of the building’s offices and classrooms will also
experience it, in addition to what they see at ground level. Water features are highly
discouraged, but the selected artist may have an opportunity to collaborate with
landscape architects for the project. Among relevant concepts to consider are evolution,
life science, the “study of life,” physiology, interactivity and educational components.
Artists should keep in mind that this is a diverse department that intentionally emphasizes
breadth. Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided.

Artists should attempt to create a design that speaks to some universal concepts about
biology without being reductive.

In order to be considered, submissions must comply with the requirements outlined in this
document. Objects that are mass-produced or of standard manufacture are not eligible
for consideration.

Design Proposal Selected finalists will receive a maximum of $2000 for travel and design fees following
Honorarium: the submission and presentation of a Design Proposal and a model.

Project Manager: Emily Wilkinson,


Founded in 1923 as Texas Technological College, Texas Tech University has the distinction of being the largest
comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas. Texas Tech’s campus
boasts a strong tradition of Spanish Renaissance architecture, characterized by light-colored brick structures with
stone accents and red tile roofs. More information about the architectural traditions of Texas Tech can be found at .

The Texas Tech University System’s Public Art Program was initiated by the Board of Regents as an investment
in the campus environment and an extension of Texas Tech’s educational mission. The Public Art Committee,
with the Public Art Manager, commissions original public artworks of the highest quality, be they permanently
sited, portable, or architecturally integrated. These works are funded using one percent (1%) of the estimated total
cost of each new major capital project. Since 2001, the Public Art Program has commissioned or purchased
artworks by some of today’s leading artists, including Deborah Butterfield, Terry Allen, Barbara Grygutis, Larry
Kirkland, Mike Mandel, Jesús Moroles, Tom Otterness, Shan Shan Sheng, and numerous others.

The Biological Sciences Buildings Life Safety Upgrades project includes updates and installations to the fire
suppression systems in the buildings. The six-story Biology Building houses classrooms, research labs, academic
labs and offices. Biology Lecture 100 is the largest classroom auditorium on campus. This project also includes
changes and updates to the landscaping that will include native plants.

This is a high-visibility area of campus. Many tours lead right through this area, orientations meet in the lecture
hall and tailgating for football games takes place in the parking lot nearby. Almost all Texas Tech University
students will pass by this area at some point and many will pass through frequently.

The Department of Biological Sciences is more diverse than most and intentionally emphasizes breadth. It is
helpful to study the mission statement of the department and to learn about the faculty that is driving the research.

Finalists will develop a design concept that reflects the standards and culture of Texas Tech specific to the
Department of Biological Sciences, and will prepare presentation materials, drawings, a model, and related
specifications in sufficient detail and in the format required to convey the design intent.

Note: The commissioned artist will be issued sets of construction documents and shall verify all
dimensions prior to the commencement of work.

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