THUNDER BAY, ON --- October 16, 2011 --- The proposed budget for public art is $67,500, all inclusive, for the Thunder Bay and District’s Superior North Emergency Medical Services (EMS) headquarters located at 105 Junot Avenue South.
The City of Thunder Bay is not responsible for any costs incurred by the artist(s)/teams in the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage. An honorarium of $1,100 will be extended to a maximum of three (3) finalists for a detailed proposal and provision of a maquette.
Artists must provide a preliminary budget not exceeding $67,500 and must be inclusive of all expenses of this Public Art Project
As part of the City’s Clean, Green and Beautiful policy, a percentage of the City’s gross capital budget is allocated towards Clean, Green and Beautiful initiatives, which includes the incorporation of public art, particularly with new City infrastructure. Representatives of Superior North EMS have taken initiative and shown their support for public art and artists by offering this opportunity.
The building, designed by Habib Architects Inc., has been designed to meet the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard. At 35,000 square feet, it will service a staff of190, of whom 170 are paramedics. It will provide administrative and training space, warehouse space, paramedic quarters and garage
space for 20 EMS vehicles. Construction is expected to be substantially complete in December 2011. This
completion date is separate from the public art completion deadline.
Artists and artist-led teams are invited to submit Expressions of Interest to create site specific public art for an area in front of the new EMS Building at 105 Junot Avenue South in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
This competition is open to Canadian artists and artist-led teams.
Artists may submit a maximum of three (3) concepts for sculptural public art, including its lighting, to be installed in front of the future EMS building.
The available site for artwork is approximately 1/3 of the front of the building. The front section of the building measures approximately 9.7m (32’) long. The location for artwork is identified in the appendices.
The selected artist will be responsible for design, fabrication, site preparation, delivery, installation and lighting. As part of the maximum budget, the artist will be required to provide verification of the structural integrity and safety of the work as certified by a structural engineer licensed in Ontario.
The sculpture may be a singular piece, or a series of pieces. It should not exceed a footprint of 3.4m long x 2m wide (11.15’ long x 6.5’ wide), and should not to exceed 3.5m (11.4’) in height. However, there may be some flexibility with the allowable footprint/height, ex. up to 1m (3’) for portions of the art, depending on the nature of concepts received. Relief work may be included although the sculpture should have a vertical presence, and be visible from the road.
The concept must include lighting and an empty conduit will be available at the site of the artwork. Lighting may only be used to illuminate the artwork and may not be embedded directly into the surface of the art.
The base of the sculpture(s) should either be flush with the surrounding grade, or have
gaps larger than 30.48cm (12”) or smaller than 8.89cm (3.5”) from the ground, in order
to prevent entrapment hazards.
The proposed budget for this project is $67,500, all inclusive.
The City of Thunder Bay is not responsible for any costs incurred by the artist(s)/teams in
the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage. An honorarium of $1,100 will be extended to a
maximum of three (3) finalists for a detailed proposal and provision of a maquette.
Artists must provide a preliminary budget not exceeding $67,500 and must be inclusive
of all expenses of this Public Art Project including, but not limited to:
Artist fees including:
o $1,100 honorarium for detailed proposal, provision of a maquettes and
presentation to the jury (in person or videoconference)
Artist(s) expenses – travel and accommodation, ex. site visits
Site preparation, including locates if required
Documentation of concept including: Computer modeling, drawings, mock-ups
Technical consultation and necessary stamped engineer drawings, ex. electrical,
Fabrication, equipment and materials costs including: Studio rental (if required),
anchoring systems, foundation, lighting and hardware
o Preventative measures for vandalism, ex. tamper-resistant screws, antigraffiti
o Maintenance measures, ex. UV-resistant paint, any coatings
Delivery/transportation including: Labour for loading and unloading,
crating/wrapping materials, etc.
Installation costs: Anchoring systems, foundation/plinth (if required), any hard/soft
landscaping finishes, lighting, equipment rental
Insurance ~ $2 million liability
Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage*
All applicable taxes (13% Ontario HST)
Contingency ~ 5%
*The selected artist will be required to provide the City with a WSIB status ruling, which
may require the artist to obtain coverage. At this early stage in the competition an
estimate for this cost is acceptable. The artist may also contact Ontario WSIB directly.
Due to geographical/regional variations in availability and costs of equipment and
services, artists are strongly encouraged to obtain local quotes for any portion of the
proposed project that may take place in Thunder Bay, i.e. fabrication/installation. The
Thunder Bay Construction Association may be able to provide assistance.
For more information
A one time only Site Visit is scheduled for
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011
at 4:30 p.m., local time
the NEW EMS Headquarters
105 Junot Avenue South
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Meet at the front entrance of the building
Pre-registration is REQUIRED to attend this meeting.
Public Art Coordinator
Ph. (807) 625-2365