LAGI Willimantic RFQ
invited competition for energy generating public artwork


Release Date
September 26, 2017

Responses Due
Deadline Extended for LAGI Willimantic RFQ
New Deadline: November 17, 2017

Please be advised that the deadline to submit responses to the LAGI Willimantic RFQ has been extended to November 17, one week beyond the original November 10 date. This extension is in response to multiple inquiries and is in recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of the request to allow teams more time to coordinate their responses.

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With this Request for Qualifications, Willimantic Whitewater Partnership (WWP) is launching an invited design competition to bring forward the best ideas for an energy generating public artwork within a new development at a prominent site along the Willimantic River in downtown Willimantic. The design process for the artwork should take a creative placemaking and community-oriented design approach. WWP is looking for a team who can merge the on-site renewable energy infrastructure with the landscape, the architecture, and with other environmental sustainability measures.

This request for qualifications is open to any team with one current resident of the State of Connecticut, and is targeted at creative individuals or practices working in the fields of art, design, landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, renewable energy, or related fields.

A public presentation of this RFQ and question and answer session was held on October 11, 2017 at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Presentation files from the event can be found at the following links:

Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE)  at Eastern Connecticut State University

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of the Arts

Land Art Generator Initiative

Willimantic Whitewater Partnership


The video recordings from the October 11 event are below.

A qualified response to this RFQ must include:

  • Completed RFQ Response Cover Sheet
  • Narrative of the intended design approach, design philosophy, and the key issues, challenges, and opportunities that you see in the site. Please limit narrative to 1500 words.
  • Team organizational bios and individual resumes
  • Examples of no more than 8 previous concepts and/or built projects
  • Three references (names and contact information)
  • Responses should be compiled in one letter size pdf document not exceeding 10mb in size. We encourage creativity in your response.


Send questions and your completed response to lagi@landartgenerator.org


Design Site
Willimantic Whitewater Partnership (WWP) has recently remediated a prominent site in the heart of Willimantic, Connecticut and prepared it for development. Soon it will be home to a new whitewater park and other public amenities that WWP envisions will be powered with on-site renewable energy.

LAGI is working with WWP in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of the Arts.

The WWP site offers the perfect opportunity to integrate renewable energy, with a richness of resources, including hydro, solar, and wind. The site, in such a prominent location in downtown Willimantic, is ideally situated to be a catalyst for economic and community development.

Interestingly, there is a history of energy around the property. Hydro power provided much of the energy used to run the Smithville cotton mills. Two generations of dam expansions provided increases in power output. There still remains the option to bring small scale run-of-the-river hydro power generation back to the site.

Project Background

On March 3, 2017, the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) a Eastern Connecticut State University and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of the Arts hosted the Land Art Generator for a workshop in Willimantic.

Participants in this afternoon “think tank” put their heads together around the design challenges of the WWP site.

During the workshop, community members investigated how renewable energy technologies can be incorporated into public art and creative placemaking opportunities so that the intervention on this exciting site will bring the greatest benefit to the city and its people.

The RFQ is the outcome of this community workshop.

Image above is from the community workshop on March 3, 2017.

Images above are of the Willimantic design site.

Partners

Willimantic Whitewater Partnership

Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE)
at Eastern Connecticut State University

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of the Arts