Leestown Design Call


Call to Designers

Art Shelter Design Competition for Townley Center, Leestown Rd.

Project Description

Art in Motion (AIM), a nonprofit corporation based in Lexington, Kentucky and component fund of the Blue Grass Community Foundation,  is pleased to announce a design contest for an artistically designed bus shelter on the Leestown Road Corridor in partnership with Dennis Anderson, Inv 1700, LLC , Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Meadowthorpe Neighborhood Association, Townley Park HOA, Lexington Transit Authority (LexTran),  and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program (KTC-CMAQ).

Project Scope and Design Prize

Art in Motion hereby announces a public contest for the design of a unique transit shelter to serve LexTran riders and the community to be located on Leestown Road in front of Townley Center.

This project is part of a CMAQ grant awarded to Lextran in partnership with Art in Motion for the construction of public transit amenities in Lexington that help reduce traffic congestion and carbon emmissions.  The design prize to be awarded through this contest comes from funds donated by the above-referenced neighborhood associations and LFUCG Neighborhood Development Funds.  Construction of the winning design will be funded by the CMAQ grant and is contingent upon execution of a final agreement between KTC-CMAQ and LexTran/Art in Motion to ensure all project expenditures are reimbursible under the grant.  The governing Federal-Aid Highway Program Project Development Guide for Local Public Agencies can be reviewed, if desired, at: http://transportation.ky.gov/highways/LPA/Final%20Interim%20LPA%20Guide.pdf

The shelter will serve both as bus stop with seating and shelter for riders and as public art that enriches the Leestown Road corridor, Townley Center and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Professional architects, engineers, sculptors and artists are eligible.  Students under the supervision of relevant professionals are also eligible. Design/build firms are encouraged to participate, but note that a separate bidding process will apply to the construction phase of this project.

A cash prize of $ 2000.00 will be awarded for the winning design.  The prize will be paid to the selected winner upon delivery of detailed construction drawings of the winning design.  The selected winner shall be responsible for reasonable communication with General Contractor needed to ensure correct interpretation of design drawings and successful fabrication of design during the construction phase.

Project Budget

The total budget for materials and construction of the structure is approximately $ 30,000.

Project Location

The shelter will be located in front of the Townley Center on Leestown Rd.  (See attached location map or visit www.art-in-motion.org to view map.)

The structure must be constructed within a buildable area or footprint no greater than 28 x 17 feet.

Project Timeline

Deadline for entry of conceptual design and qualifications of designer(s): November 4,  2011.  ‘Entry’ means submission is postmarked by November 4, 2011.

Proposed date for announcing winning design : December 16, 2011.

Proposed completion of KTC contract negotiation and bid invitation by:  February, 2012.

Fabrication and installation of shelter:  projected completion by August, 2012.  (Construction of the shelter and completion of this project is contingent upon successful negotiation of a contract between LexTran and KTC for reimbursement of all construction costs under CMAQ grant.)

Application Guidelines

To enter the design contest, entrant should submit the following information:

1)      A one-page letter of interest containing name of individual or firm, mailing address, phone number and email address.

2)      Current resume of individual or firm members

3)      A brief narrative about design, no more than one page.

4)      Conceptual drawings of design, including plans, elevations, sections, axon, and typical details.

5)      Detailed cost opinion demonstrating proposed design can be completed within stated budget.

6)      All material must be on 8 ½” x11” paper with no staples.

7)      All materials other than letter of interest should have the name of the individual, firm or any other identifying information on the back only.

Design Criteria

The structure should be as low maintenance as possible in materials, details and finish, should weather well and should be as impervious to vandalism, including graffiti, as possible.

The design of the shelter should complement the aesthetics of the surrounding Townley Shopping Center, the Leestown Corridor and the Meathowthorpe neighborhood entrance.

The shelter should also:

1)      Be equipped with secure panels that can exhibit 2-D art murals or graphic design works.  Panels should allow works to be shown on a rotating basis and conveniently changed.

2)      provide  adequate shelter from seasonal weather, including precipitation, wind and sun.

3)      provide seating, inside and outside, in sun and in shade that is not conducive to lying down or sleeping.

4)      Accommodate approximately 8 people comfortably.

5)      afford multiple entries and visibility for urban safety.

6)      Include LED lighting (or its equivalent, in terms of longevity, dependability and reduced power consumption) for night-time use and to discourage vandalism, enable waiting riders to see the faces of other people (transit studies show this is a key factor in safety and security of riders) and eliminate dark corners.  Riders should be able to view artwork, read a paper or view other information posted in the shelter comfortably.  Lighting should also provide adequate passenger visibility for bus operators to reduce pass-bys (a major problem cited by transit riders around the country).

7)      Be ADA compliant and accommodate the parking/locking of a bicycle.

8)      Include amenities such as recycling and garbage bins.

9)      Anticipate installation of GIS information other digital amenities that would communicate real-time LexTran system information to riders.

10)  Have  a connection to the electrical grid to meet power needs of the shelter as part of the submitted design.  (LexTran and AIM anticipate designing and installing a central solar system that will offset the combined power usage at all shelters built under this grant, making individual solar units at each shelter unnecessary.)

11)  Have a pad and appropriate footings that will provide adequate foundation for shelter as part of the submitted design.

The shelter must satisfy any applicable local, state and federal regulations and all requirements imposed in the Encroachment Permit issued by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet .  See Mass Transit Shelter Specifications and Conditions (TC 99-23 and TC 99-1) and permit conditions and requirements for transit shelters (PE-1701 and PE-1702). For additional requirements and guidelines, see http://www.trb.org/TRBNet/ProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=992.

Elements to be considered in developing design:

1)      The design of the shelter should complement the aesthetics of the surrounding Townley Shopping Center, the Leestown Corridor and the Meathowthorpe neighborhood entrance.

2)      The design should incorporate or make reference to the following materials and elements:

  • indigenous stone
  • gabled roofline
  • Craftsman, Mission or Arts and Crafts architectural styles

 Please send all entries to:

Art in Motion, Inc.

838 East High Street # 114

Lexington, KY 40502

Direct any questions by email to Yvette Hurt, President and Coordinator of AIM at shelter@art-in-motion.org or by phone at (859) 361-1052.  Questions must be submitted between

September 26-October 10, 2011  Responses to questions will be posted on AIM’s website at www.art-in-motion.org

Post-Application Process

A selection committee made of representatives of LexTran, LexArts, Dennis Anderson, the Meadowthorpe Neighborhood Association, the Townley Park HOA and the Lexington Area MPO, among others, will choose the winning design.  Winning and non-winning entrants will be notified by email.

Submitted materials will be returned upon request by emailing:  shelter@art-in-motion.org


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