Sound Transit call to artists - perimeter screening artwork project

Monday, January 23, 2017

Schematic plan of the OMFE showing the perimeter fence locations in black. The identified art opportunity is along the western edge of the site, at the top of the schematic.

Sound Transit Call to Artists: Request for Qualifications
  • Perimeter screening artwork project 
  • Operations and Maintenance Facility East, Bellevue, WA
  • Sound Transit Art Program (STart)
  • Design budget: $75,000 (all-inclusive of fees, costs, and taxes)
  • Fabrication and installation budget: $750,000 (all-inclusive of all fees, costs, travel and taxes)
  • Eligibility: open to professional artists or artist teams who reside in the United States
  • Application: Submission of an online application is required for this opportunity
  • Deadline: 5pm PST on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 

4Culture will manage the application and artist selection process for this Sound Transit art opportunity.

Full RFQ for this project

More information and full Request for Qualifications is available here

Artwork project description

Due to sight lines and the future trail activity, the most significant opportunity at the OMFE is its perimeter fence, particularly on the facility's western edge. The OMFE's design/build contractor will work with the selected artist to develop the supporting structure for this perimeter fence and will fabricate and install that structure and concrete base.


The Sound Transit Art Program (STart) is developing a major artwork to screen the perimeter of a planned train yard in Bellevue, Washington, otherwise known as the Sound Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility: East (OMFE). STart is seeking a professional artist who demonstrates an interest in, and has past experience developing, lineal artwork. The artwork response is anticipated to be fabricated largely in metal. Submission requirements for this art opportunity are detailed below.

OMFE project summary

Sound Transit, based in Seattle, Washington, is in the design and construction phase for Link light rail corridors north, south and east of Seattle. The agency is building a network of light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit to serve the greater Puget Sound metropolitan area, including cities in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

To care for the additional 90 light rail vehicles that will be added to the fleet when those light rail extensions open, Sound Transit is building a second train yard that will be in Bellevue, Washington. The OMFE will be a nearly 25-acre, rectangular switching yard, with maintenance and operations buildings clustered in its center. The south and east edges of the facility are being designed to accommodate future "transit-oriented development" projects, while the north and west sides of the facility will abut a bicycle/pedestrian trail and protected wetlands.


Anonymous,  January 23, 2017 at 9:51 PM  

How about some Urbanist propaganda art?

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