Submission Deadline: Monday, February 25, 2019 by 11:59 p.m.
Submit to: Valerie Woodall, vwoodall@collegeparkpartnership.org
Mural Location: 7404 Baltimore Avenue, College Park MD 20740

Introduction: The College Park City-University Partnership’s work is grounded in smart growth initiatives that aim for a vibrant, walkable, environmentally-friendly community. We are making College Park a top 20 university community. One of the ways we seek to create a stronger, livelier downtown and sense of place is through art that reflects the College Park and University community. The Partnership is seeking proposals for a mural to be installed on a prominent upper-story façade along Baltimore Avenue near the intersection with Knox Road.

Project Partners: The Partnership is working together with a downtown College Park property owner and the City of College Park.

Goals:

  • Transform the most visible and prominent façade in downtown College Park at 7404 Baltimore Avenue.
  • Signal to residents, visitors, and other business owners that the Baltimore Avenue corridor in College Park is an interesting destination for arts, culture, and businesses.
  • Install an eye-catching mural that reflects College Park history and can help “brand” downtown College Park.

PROJECT DETAILS

EXISTING CONDITIONS:

  • Elevation dimensions: (East side) (South Side) (North Side)
    • South elevation 57.5’ x 25’
    • East elevation 29.6’ x 25’
    • North elevation 57.5’ x 25’
  • Current surface material is brick and mortar
  • Signs cannot be painted over; any other conduits and meters can be painted over.
  • There is access to the site through the rear alley using ladders. Scaffolding will be needed and will be the responsibility of the artist/artist team.

(See Exhibits below)

DESIGN INFORMATION:

  • Mural designs may be abstract or incorporate themes that reflect the College Park community: UMD/Maryland themes, local history, the trolley line, trails, the Wright Brothers/aviation etc. (The mural design should be clear, simplistic to some extent, not too busy.)
  • The design will be primarily on the south elevation of the building and, potentially, wrap onto the east and north elevation of the building. There is conduit on the front of the building that the artist may creatively incorporate.
  • The design should not go over the roofline.
    Artwork must be an original work
    The building owner is planning to separately install lighting (LED up-lighting likely) on the south elevation of the building to highlight the mural.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

  1. Meeting(s) with the project team to review, modify, and approve the final design
  2. Final Concept drawing
  3. Installation of scaffolding
  4. Fabrication and installation of the proposed mural
  5. Upon completion of the project, provision of technical information on materials and future maintenance
  6. All materials, labor and equipment used to fabricate and install the mural shall be provided by the artist(s).
  7. If awarded, artist(s) must be able to demonstrate insurance to cover the installation of the mural. Artists will need to obtain a Certificate of insurance for Pizza House LLC naming Chuck Castle, Daniel Castle and Patrick Castle as additional insured using forms CG 2010 and CG 2037, with a general liability limit of $1M/$2M, workers compensation with no owner/officer exclusion and waiver of subrogation and $1M umbrella insurance

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Artist(s) name and contact information
  • Biographical information or resume, including previous mural experience, portfolio/images of previous work
  • Conceptual sketch(es) in color showing the proposed mural on each section of the building. Proposals may contain up to 3 original design options.
  • A descriptive narrative of the proposed mural
  • Itemized budget and proposed payment schedule
  • A detailed timeline and work plan including work hours

AVAILABLE FUNDING: Artists have up to $30,000 to complete this project. $15,000 of which may only be used for materials and not be used for personnel, salaries or operating costs. Compensation for the completion of the mural will be made in accordance with a contract between the artist(s) and the Partnership.

PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING: A recommended meeting with the property owner, City, and Partnership staff will be held at the College Park City Hall on Tuesday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m. for artists interested in hearing more about the project.

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.: Recommended pre-proposal meeting with the property owner, City and Partnership staff at College Park City Hall, 4500 Knox Road
  • Monday, February 25, 2019: Proposals are due to Valerie Woodall, vwoodall@collegeparkpartnership.org
  • Monday, March 11, 2019: Expected Award notice date
  • April/May 2019: Project begins
  • June/July 2019: Project is completed and announced

SELECTION CRITERIA: Proposals will be reviewed by Partnership staff, City staff, and the property owner. The following criteria will be used in the selection process:

  • Submittal of all requirements as outlined in the RFP
  • Proven ability to create distinctive artwork as exhibited by past work
  • Quality/durability of product as exhibited by past work
  • Originality, creativity and uniqueness of proposed artwork’
  • Artists proven track record/ability to complete the work on time and within budget

QUESTIONS? Please contact Valerie Woodall at 845-649-2477 or vwoodall@collegeparkpartnership.org

Please submit proposals to Valerie Woodall at vwoodall@collegeparkpartnership.org
by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019

EXHIBITS

Site plan: https://collegeparkpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/img12112018_0010.jpg

Aerial – Just north of Knox Road on Baltimore Avenue: https://collegeparkpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Aerial1-002.jpg

Measurements: https://collegeparkpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/sitemeasurements.png

Detailed measurements: https://collegeparkpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Measurements.jpg

East Elevation: https://collegeparkpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/east.jpg

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: DOWNTOWN COLLEGE PARK MURAL

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