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RFQ Released for Baggage Claim Art (TMP)

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RFQ Released for Baggage Claim Art (TMP)


1. Overview:

Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) is building a new terminal and multi-modal transportation complex at Pittsburgh International Airport. The result of the Terminal Modernization Program (TMP) will be an improved passenger experience and a better sense of the culture and amenities of the Pittsburgh region. The conceptual framework for the facilities’ design is Nature, Technology, and Community.

The Art in the Airport Program plans to expand with the TMP, including new permanent commissions and places for temporary art and performances. The ACAA is seeking to commission two artists or artist teams to create sculptural numbers for the baggage claim carousels (artwork). One artist or team will create numbers 1-4 in the North Baggage Claim area. A second artist or artist team will create numbers 5-8 in the South Baggage Claim area, ensuring that each set of numbers has a distinct and cohesive design. The artwork will be experienced daily by tens of thousands of visitors and employees.

For more information about the TMP project, visit: https://pittransformed.com/

For more information about the Art in the Airport Program, visit: http://www.flypittsburgh.com/art


Release date: Monday, March 15, 2021

Request for Qualifications

Baggage Claim Number Sculptures

Arrivals Level

Pittsburgh International Airport, Allegheny County Airport Authority

Budget: Two commissions of $75,000 each

Deadline: April 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST

A copy of this RFQ and the full text of the Grant Assurances are available here: https://pittransformed.com/business-opportunities/


2. Project Architects and Project Team

The design team for the terminal includes Gensler+HDR in association with luis vidal + architects and Michael Baker International. The project team includes members of the design team, ACAA’s Arts and Culture Manager, other ACAA staff, and the design team’s public art consultant.


3. Project Description:

From the airport entrance to the passenger boarding bridges, the design of the new facilities is an opportunity to deliver a vibrant, welcoming environment. Baggage Claim provides passengers and visitors with an important impression of the terminal and a potential first experience of the Pittsburgh region. Physically, it is the place where people are often greeted by family, friends, and colleagues. Conceptually, it is a place where travel is completed as people pick up their belongings to return home or begin their journey to Pittsburgh and the region.

The Airport Authority seeks to create a welcoming and memorable experience for neighbors and visitors by upgrading the numbers on the baggage claim carousels from everyday objects to functional artworks. Baggage Claim is divided into two sections. The north section includes carousels 1-4, and the south section includes carousels 5-8.

One artist or artist team will be commissioned for each section. The artists are asked to consider interpreting the TMP themes of Nature, Technology, and Community as a launching point for concepts.

The design of the carousels is complete. The artist will work with the program architects and airport staff throughout the process of developing a concept to ensure compatibility with the form and function of the baggage claim carrousels. At this time, ACAA and the architectural team intend that the baggage claim numbers will be fabricated by the artists or specialty contractors identified by the artist. The artists will work with the architects and the TMP’s general contractor to coordinate lighting, electricity, and/or data for each number if required. The artists will coordinate art installation schedule with the TMP’s general contractor. Installation will be performed by the artist or artist’s assigned designee versed with respective installations. All costs associated with installation shall be borne by the Artist.

At this time, the ACAA has identified the display period of the artwork to be at least five years. After display period, the ACAA may commission new numbers or continue to display the existing numbers. In the case that new numbers will be created, the ACAA may work with the artists selected through this call or identify other artists for the opportunity. The numbers commissioned to this call will be returned to the artists unless another mutually agreeable outcome is identified.

4. Artist’s Role

The artists will design, fabricate, and install functional and sculptural baggage claim numbers (artwork). They will have the ability to work with the project architects to ensure their concepts for the numbers are appropriate for the carousels.

The artists will:

Work with the project architects and ACAA arts team and TMP art consultant to learn about the design and constraints of the baggage carrousels. Review construction documents and shop drawings relevant to baggage claim.
Present a detailed visual and written proposal and accompanying project budget for the design of the artwork to the ACAA, Art in the Airport Committee, and the TMP Governance Committee.
Manage the design, fabrication, and installation of the artwork.
Attend and participate in meetings regarding the artwork with the architects, general contractor, ACAA staff, and other TMP consultants.
Work with the ACAA to coordinate the removal of the artwork after the display period, or work with the ACAA to identify another outcome for the artwork.
Perform all other tasks as required to successfully complete the project.

5. Approximate Project Schedule:

April 30, 2021 / Artist Application Deadline 11:59 PM EST

June 2021 / Artist Selection Complete

June – August 2021/ Artist Design Development

August 2021 / Design Proposal Complete

October 2021 / Design Approved

January 2022 – January 2023 / Fabrication of Artwork

2023 / Construction Complete

This schedule is subject to change without notice.


6. Budget:

The artwork budget for this project is $75,000 for the North Baggage Claim numbers and $75,000 for the South Baggage Claim numbers. The ACAA will commission two artists or artist teams, one per section. This budget includes:

1. Artist Fee and Expenses: artist fee for design and project management, costs of artist travel, insurance, materials, research, proposal preparation, and other expenses required by the artist to develop the design proposal, review construction documents, and review shop drawings.

2. The fabrication, transportation, and installation of the artwork.

3. All other costs affiliated with implementing the artist’s approved design for the Baggage Claim Numbers.

The budget does not include the costs of removing the artwork or the delivery of the artwork to the artist once the display period has ended. Those costs will be incurred by the ACAA and are separate from the $75,000 commissions.


7. Eligibility and Qualifications:

This opportunity is open to professional visual artists based within a 150 mile radius of Pittsburgh International Airport.
Artists who have completed at least one project of similar scale in a public setting are encouraged to apply.
Artist teams are welcome to apply. Teams must have at least one visual artist as the team lead to qualify. Teams without one visual artist will be disqualified. For the purposes of this opportunity, architects, landscape architects, and engineers are not considered visual artists unless they have a studio art or fine art degree.
Allegheny County Airport Authority staff, board members, and TMP consultants are not eligible to apply. Immediate family members of Allegheny County Airport Authority staff, board members, and TMP consultants are not eligible to apply.

8. How to Apply:

Interested artists must submit an application through Submittable using this link: https://flypittsburgh.submittable.com/submit by the deadline of 11:59 PM EST on April 30, 2021.

Artists must supply the following materials to complete an application.

Do not submit a proposal for a concept with your application. Artists who submit proposals will be disqualified and their submission will not be reviewed. A proposal is defined as any written description or visualization of a concept for the Baggage Claim Numbers.

A. Work Samples. Up to ten images or video work samples. For all work samples, include the name of the work sample with each upload.

On Submittable, follow the upload instructions. For video work samples, please include the URL in addition to the video file, or you can choose to upload a still image from the video and a URL link if you do not wish to upload the entire video. If your video is password-protected, include the password. If you want to begin the play of your video at a specific time, provide the timecode.

B. Work Sample Script. A script describing the submitted work samples. For each work sample, provide the title of the project, date completed, project budget and the art budget, name of client, name of design team collaborators (if any), location of project, and a description of your role as the artist on the project. For video work samples, include the link of your video in the description.

C. Resume. Up to three pages.

D. Letter of Interest. In the letter, detail relevant experience to this opportunity, your interest in this project, and your availability during the project schedule. Letter must not exceed two pages.

E. References. Three professional references. Include name, contact information, and a description of how they are familiar with your work.

F. Applicant must affirm that they have reviewed the required assurances in Exhibit A of this RFQ.

Artist teams may submit up to ten work samples total for the team, resumes for each member, and a joint letter that details the information requested in (D) above. The letter must also state previous experience of members of the artist teams collaborating with each other.


9. Information Session

Allegheny County Airport Authority will host an information session for artists on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6pm EST. The information session will be held via videoconference. To sign up for the information session, go to Eventbrite.

During the information session, we will review the information presented in this RFQ and respond to questions. Artists do not need to attend the information session in order to apply to the RFQ.


10. Questions:

Please direct questions about the opportunity via email to: TMPart@flypittsburgh.com

If you experience any technical difficulties while completing the form, please contact support@submittable.com.

A copy of this RFQ and the full text of the Grant Assurances are available here: https://pittransformed.com/business-opportunities/