Request for Qualifications - Call for Artists - Rundel Library Terrace

Rundel Library Terrace Structural Improvements
City of Rochester, New York
115 South Avenue, 14604

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Project Description
The project shall reconstruct the Rundel north terrace structural concrete and steel framing, slabs, columns and foundations. It will create a new, updated public riverfront terrace and replace the east (South Avenue) sidewalk. The new Rundel terrace will include river viewing platforms, historical and educational interpretive features, public seating, landscaping, a water feature, bicycle amenities, railings and lighting upgrades.

The public art installation shall be located at the corner of Broad Street and South Avenue. Similar to other major City renovations in the public realm, the selected artist/team will be commissioned to work with the Rundel terrace design team and the Rochester Public Library (RPL) to create a piece that compliments and is coordinated with site design and construction.

The art installation objectives should highlight the historical significance of the site and Rundel building, the Genesee River adjacency, the architectural, spatial and civic relationships at the site, and the site’s role in contributing to the vibrancy of Center City. Consideration will also be given to recognizing the symmetry and balance within the terraces, in relation to the Rundel Memorial Building’s architectural design. Lastly, the installation should reflect the use of the site as a Central Library serving the greater Rochester region.

Application Process
Request for Qualifications/Call for Artists

Appendix A - Rundel Terrace Design Concept Presentation, February 2018

Appendix B - Rundel Terrace Design Development, April 2018

Applications are to be submitted no later than 2:00pm, Friday, May 25, 2018 to Brie Harrison, Library Finance Officer (

Artist/team applications will be pre-screened by RPL administration to ensure applicants have submitted all required submission materials. The Art Selection Committee includes members of the Rochester arts community, City of Rochester planning and architecture staffs, neighborhood representatives and representatives of Rochester City Council and RPL. The Committee will review eligible applications and select a group of up to three finalists to submit proposals with preliminary concepts. Finalist teams will be paid a stipend to prepare a concept design.

Schedule & Budget
It is anticipated that services will commence by August 2018; based on this projection, schedule as follows:

• Call for Artists distributed                                            April 2018
• Deadline for submitting questions                           May 11, 2018
• Deadline for applications                                             May 25, 2018
• Selection Committee finalist notification               by June 8, 2018
• Informational meeting for finalists                          TBD June 2018
• Finalist Interviews                                                          early August 2018
• Contract with artist/team                                            by August 31, 2018
Installation                                                                       summer/fall 2019

The public art installation budget is $250,000.