Ends on November 12, 2018

Metro Art Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Metro Emergency Security Operations Center – Temporary Construction Phase 

Artwork Design


The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro’s) Art program works with artists and communities to create temporary artwork, specifically designed to enhance the streetscape during project construction phases. 

Metro invites arts and cultural organizations, with demonstrated experience working with downtown Los Angeles communities, to partner with a lead artist to design and digitize an original, site-specific artwork for a large scale temporary mural installation on the construction fences of the future Metro Emergency Security Operations Center at 410 Center Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Artwork Opportunity

Metro is building a new three-story Emergency Security Operations Center (ESOC), which will provide a central location for Metro security operations, radio dispatch and emergency coordination. Metro is also planning to integrate Rail and Bus Operations Centers into the facility in the future. Artist Jacob Hashimoto has been selected to create permanent artwork for the building’s façade.

The construction phase for the project provides a unique opportunity for a temporary artwork program that is visually legible and bold, from pedestrian, bike and vehicular perspectives; and responds to the project site and community (Arts District and Little Tokyo neighborhoods with adjacency to Union Station). 

The artwork will span chain link construction fences measuring up to 1,000’w x 8’h and will be most prominent from Center Street. The selected organization shall produce two distinct artworks. Each artwork is intended to be on display for approximately 12 months. Original artwork will be printed onto flexible banner material, such as vinyl. The selected organization will be encouraged to employ design and community engagement strategies that are intended to inform and/or build awareness of the artwork design process and deter vandalism/tagging.

Selection Process & Evaluation Criteria

Los Angeles-based arts/cultural organizations with demonstrated experience working with the downtown Los Angeles communities are encouraged to apply. 

An evaluation team of community-based visual arts professionals will review each application. Up to three top ranking candidates (finalists) will be invited to interview with the evaluation team and discuss their project approach. The highest ranking candidate will be recommended for the contract award. It is recommended that candidates invite their proposed lead artist(s) to participate in the interview with the evaluation panel. The following criteria will be used for the finalist selection:

a) Demonstrated experience managing artist-led community engagement and working with professional artists to produce contemporary artwork --- (30%)

b) Demonstrated experience working with professional artists to produce contemporary artwork --- (30%)

c) Artistic merit, qualifications, skills of proposed lead artist evidenced by images of past work --- (20%)

d) Proposed schedule and budget breakdown for opportunity --- (20%)


An all-inclusive, not to exceed budget of $20,000 shall include design fee, artwork supplies, artwork preparation and digitization for printing, community engagement, insurance and other administrative costs. Metro will cover the cost of printing, installing and maintaining the banners, and any regulatory permits that may be required.  

Period of Performance

It is anticipated that the Period of Performance will be from April 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019. Artwork will be installed during building construction from summer 2019 through 2021.

Application Materials

· All application materials must be submitted online via Submittable at https://metro.submittable.com/submit. There is no charge to artists for using Submittable.

· Applicants should use the latest version of their web browser to ensure a smooth online submission experience when using Submittable.com.

· Applicant must provide a permanent mailing address, email and phone contact information.

· Applicant’s name must be included on each page of each file submitted. 

· Incomplete submittals will not be considered. 

· Metro reserves the right to request supporting documentation of any submittal materials for verification purposes.

Submit the following application materials to Metro via Submittable.com:

a) Letter of interest expressing proposing organization’s ability to provide design and community engagement services (1-2 pages).

b) A brief description of the organization’s history/mission statement, including list of clients and projects demonstrating experience in design and collaborative strategies working with communities. (1-2 pages)

c) Examples of the organization’s completed artworks involving communities. (Up to 10 images. Individual file size not to exceed 1MB)

d) Examples of completed artwork for the proposed lead artist. (Up to 10 images. Individual file size not to exceed 1MB).

e) Proposed lead artist(s) resume(s), including art education, previous commissions, projects and/or exhibitions, and design services. (1-2 pages)

f) Price quotes for each milestone and work completion schedule as indicated on the Bid Form (Attachment D). A proposed delivery schedule of greater duration than the one identified in the Period of Performance will result in disqualification of the organization from consideration for this work. 

Submittal Deadline

Application materials must be received by Metro via Submittable.com by 5:00 pm PST on Monday, November 12, 2018. Application materials received after this deadline will not be reviewed. Application materials that are not formatted according to the specifications provided herein will not be reviewed.

Additional Information

· Prior experience with construction artwork is not a requirement for this project.

· Hard copy application materials will not be reviewed and will be returned unopened.

· Incomplete application materials will not be reviewed.

· Proposal for artwork designs are not required as part of the application process.

· Candidate interviews will be scheduled for December 2018.

· All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract and these provisions are subject to change. Metro reserves the right to reject any or all applications, or to terminate the selection process for any project without prior notice.


At this time, no pre-proposal conference has been scheduled for this RFQ. Please forward any questions regarding this RFQ in writing via email to Jennifer Lieu, Senior Art Program Specialist at lieuj@metro.net. Email requests should include the subject line: RFQ Clarification – ESOC Temporary Construction Phase Artwork. All questions must be received in writing, via email, no later than 4:00pm PST on November 5, 2018. Responses will be provided no later than November 8, 2018


A – Statement of Work with Exhibit A and Exhibit B

B – Metro Emergency Security Operations Center Site Map

C – Sample Metro Art Construction Fence Projects

D – Pricing and Scheduling Form