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Call to Artists: Reitz Union Expansion and Renovation

Published November 1, 2012

The University of Florida Art in State Buildings Committee seeks to bring an artist on board prior to the design of the student union’s architecture is completed. The artwork should highlight the current mission and past history of the Reitz Union and serve as a focal point and unifying element of the new space. This proposed work should bridge the history of the Union with its current and future identity. $100,000 (All inclusive). 

Deadline: December 3rd, 2012; 5:00pm

I. CALL TO ARTISTS IN PUBLIC ART

The University of Florida seeks a proposal from a professional visual artist for the project described below. Through our Art in State Buildings Program, the University of Florida 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.

Based on proposal images and support materials, the artist submissions will be reviewed and selected by the Art in State Buildings Committee. The selection committee, consisting of the Reitz Union occupants, Cannon Design Architects, and Art Representatives will select up to three finalists for interviews.

II. FACILITY BACKGROUND

The J. Wayne Reitz Union is the “community center” of the University of Florida, providing facilities, services, and programs designed to enhance the campus life experience for students and other members of the campus community.  The union offers a wide variety of activities, programs, and services including, but not limited to social and educational events for students, meeting and event facilities (for students, faculty and staff), student organization offices and work spaces, dining venues, retail shops, offices, lounges, game room, and leadership and citizenship opportunities for students.  The high traffic 350,000 square feet facility is located near the center of campus and is co-located with the Bookstore/Welcome Center/Parking Garage complex.

Construction of the original Reitz Union building was completed in 1967, consisting of 267,000 square feet.  There were 19,000 students at that time at UF, and approximately 150 student clubs and organizations.  There are currently approximately 50,000 students at UF, and students are involved in over 900 registered clubs and organizations.

III. GENERAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION

It is proposed that the project will consist of two phases (an expansion phase and a renovation phase) as described below:

The Expansion Phase will consist of new construction of approximately 100,000 square feet of additional space.  The new space will include offices and program space for student clubs and organizations, and offices and program space for the Department of Student Activities and Involvement, the Center for Leadership and Service, the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, and the Wellness Center.  The new construction will also include a new ballroom, lounges, meeting rooms, dance rehearsal studios, and support space for the various functional areas listed.

Completion of the project will enable the Reitz Union to more adequately provide the facilities, services, and programs designed to support the more than 900 student clubs and organizations, enhance opportunities for learning and leadership skill development, social interactions, practice of citizenship, and building of community.  The renovations to the existing facility will increase energy efficiency thereby saving operational costs, and greatly enhance building comfort and functionality. The Renovation Phase will consist of renovation of parts of the existing building.

IV. PROJECT INFORMATION

Project: Reitz Union Expansion and Renovation
Project Number: UF-368
Institution: University of Florida
Location: Gainesville, FL

Project Budget:  $100,000 (All Inclusive) $5,000 may be set aside for artists’ honoraria. This amount is inclusive of all costs associated with this public art project including, but not limited to, artist fees, other consultant’s fees, taxes, and insurance to cover the scope of the project, materials, fabrication, transportation, and installation (including any site modification).

Project Scope: The University of Florida Art in State Buildings Committee seeks to bring an artist on board prior to the design of the architecture is completed. The artwork should highlight the current mission and past history of the Reitz Union and serve as a focal point and unifying element of the new space. This proposed work should bridge the history of the Union with its current and future identity.

Past experience in working during the proposal stages of a design team is desired but not required. In the selection process, if a large piece is chosen, experience in design, fabrication and installation of large-scale works is required. Interested artists should consider using sustainable materials in their design, where possible. Technology based installations are also encouraged.

III. CRITERIA TO APPLY

Artist has met at least (2) of the following:

–  the artist has completed public commissions similar in budget

–  the artist’s works are in major public, private, corporate, or museum collections

–  the artist has receive awards, grants, or fellowships

–  the artist has had a one-person exhibition in a museum in the past five years

Letter of Interest: This one page maximum letter should outline the artist’s approach to public art.  Please highlight relevant past experience on projects of similar budget and scope.

Professional Resume: Resumes should not be more than two pages. Please note that artist teams should submit a resume for each team member.

Annotated Images: The images must be provided with the Artist’s name, title, location, medium, dimensions, date of work, budget, the corresponding image number and short description of images (up to 20 maximum) saved in a PowerPoint presentation. The format for this submission should be saved in .jpg format, with each image no larger than 1MB. Please also include a list of your images with corresponding thumbnail images.

Mail Entries To:
Art in State Buildings
UF-368: Reitz Union Expansion and Renovation
UF College of Fine Arts
PO Box 115803
Gainesville, FL 32611

Send Express Entries To:
Art in State Buildings
UF-368: Reitz Union Expansion and Renovation
UF College of Fine Arts
400 SW 13th Street
(PO Box 115803)
Gainesville, FL 32601

Questions? Contact:
Anna Heineman
(352) 273-3045
pubart@arts.ufl.edu

For more information about the UF-368: Reitz Union Expansion and Renovation, visit the UF Facilities, Planning, and Construction website: http://www.facilities.ufl.edu/projects/project.php?prj=8072