Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Public Art Call: Suspended Sculptural Artwork WCH Critical Care Tower/BMCJ Entry Building

841 Prudential Drive Suite 1800
Jacksonville, FL 32207


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Call Type: Proposals
Eligibility: National
State: Florida
Entry Deadline: 8/1/20

Baptist Health in Northeast Florida is building a new main entrance for its multi-facility, flagship campus, which serves as the centerpiece of the five-hospital health system. The seven-story building will serve as the new front door to Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville (477-bed adult hospital, largest in the health system) and Wolfson Children’s Hospital (216-bed children’s hospital, only freestanding children’s hospital between Atlanta and Orlando) as well as the adjacent Pavilion Building, which houses physician offices and other services. 
Floors one and two of the new building will serve as the arrival “concourse” for various destinations within the medical campus as noted above, and the second floor is connected via skybridge to the main patient and visitor parking structure across Palm Avenue. Floors three through seven of the new building will be dedicated to a 75-bed neonatal intensive care center and a 26-bed pediatric intensive care center serving the critical care needs of the region’s infants and children. Thus, this building serves both adults and children and is designed to respond to the needs of both worlds.
The majority of the patients and their families will enter the new building at the second floor at the east end of the lobby via a skybridge from the parking. Exterior drop-off also will be provided at the ground level building entrance.
Whether patients and visitors enter the new building from the second floor skybridge or the ground floor entrance, the visual centerpiece of the two-story lobby they enter will be a sculpture suspended below the lobby ceiling. The selected work also will be visible from the primary public drive, Palm Avenue. It is the intention of Baptist Health to commission an original sculptural artwork to help in creating a healing environment for all who enter the building -- patients, families, visitors and staff.
This opportunity is open to participation by individuals 18 years of age and older residing in the United States, and who have completed sculptures of similar scope. Artist teams are acceptable. 
Architects’ Vision: 
The new Wolfson Children’s Critical Care Tower/Baptist Jacksonville Entry Building is not only the realization of Baptist Health’s vision, but also a commitment to the City of Jacksonville and the surrounding region. The built solution will act as both a celebrated point of arrival and a haven for neonatal and pediatric intensive care patients and their families. Reflecting the dual nature of the building program, the architecture of the building will be a timeless yet playful solution while representing a progressive and modern healthcare environment at the heart of Jacksonville, FL. The material palette reflects both the quality of care delivered within the institution as well as the established building vocabulary of the campus. Exterior materials include metal panel, natural stone, large format cast concrete panels and glazing. These materials are accented with dynamic exterior and interior lighting features. Furthering Baptist’s belief in providing an all-inclusive healing environment the installation of art is to become an integral part of the building and will respond to the function and design of the building as well as mirror the spirit of their respective creators
General Sculpture Parameters:
·      Shall convey a positive, uplifting, calming and healing environment for children and adults.
·      Appropriate to its specific location and the architects’ vision.
·      Designed with consideration of patient and public safety.
·      Constructed of permanent, long-lasting materials that are virtually maintenance free.
Interior Lobby Suspended Sculpture:
The lobby sculpture will be suspended below the 24’ high two-story lobby ceiling. The majority of patients will enter this elongated lobby space at the second level from the east via a bridge from a multi-level parking structure. The sculpture will be at or just below eye height at this point. From this entry, patients travel along the lobby space and disperse to their destinations. The suspended sculpture may be concentrated at the east end, with good visibility from the street, or may traverse the full length of the lobby space to provide a visual orientation from any point in the lobby. Movement in the design of this sculpture is desired, either actual or implied, using proven low-maintenance technology.
Delivered purchase price of completed sculpture for this location is up to $250,000The purchase prices listed must cover all associated costs of the project, including but not limited to, design, fabrication, materials, labor, transportation, insurance and an advisory role in the installation of the sculpture. Baptist Health will provide sculpture installation and lighting.
Submission Packages Content:
Artist’s Submission Package will not be considered unless the following are included:
·      Images of completed sculptures of the scope outlined – 1 image minimum, 16 maximum (also can include up to 2 audio and 2 video files)
·      Information on images including location, dimensions, material, cost and date of completion
·      Current Artist resume and website, if available
Artists may include projects in process, but the majority of images must include completed projects. Unrealized projects will not be considered.
Submission Process:
Submissions will be received through the CAFÉ system. CAFÉ technical support for artists, contact: 888-562-7232 or café
·      There is no submission fee.
·      Submission constitutes agreement by Artist to the criteria and details outlined in this Request for Artist Qualifications Submissions (RFQ).
·      Email questions to with the subject line: Baptist Jacksonville Entrance Project or call 904-202-4925.
·      All materials (including models) submitted by Artist to CAFÉ in response to this RFQ shall become property of Baptist Health and the Artist grants Baptist Health a non-exclusive license to use Artist’s submitted materials in any way Baptist Health deems appropriate, including but not limited to the reproduction, distribution and display on the internet.  In such usage, Baptist Health shall strive to include credit to the artist.
 Selection Process:
·      Up to three Artists will be selected as finalists for this site-specific sculpture project, based upon submitted qualifications.
·      Finalists will be provided a small stipend to produce a site-specific proposal including design, drawings, specifications and budget.
·      Selection will be made jointly by a panel including art professionals from the Jacksonville community and Baptist Health executive leadership; others may be engaged in the selection process as deemed appropriate.
·      The selection team may reject any or all submissions, waive all formalities or negotiate with any submitter.
Anticipated Schedule:
June 1, 2020   Issue Request for Qualifications
Aug 1, 2020    Submissions received by CAFÉ by 11:59 PM, Mountain Standard Time (MST)
Aug 15, 2020  Artist finalists selected; notification of acceptance/decline
Oct 1, 2020     Final Artist design proposals due
Oct 15, 2020   Final Artist/design selected
Nov 15, 2020  Artist/Baptist Health (sculpture owner) agreement signed
Oct 15, 2021   Fabrication and delivery of sculpture by Artist
Nov 1, 2021    Sculpture installation complete
Dec 2021        Unveiling and dedication
 For interior and exterior site renderings please request Building Design Reference Images from
 Contact Information
Melanie Husk
Baptist Health
841 Prudential Dr., Suite 1800
Phone: 904.202.4925

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