Georgetown Street Design Call!

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Call to Designers for Georgetown Street Art Shelter Design Competition

Art in Motion, Inc. (AIM), a nonprofit corporation based in Lexington, KY is pleased to announce a design contest in partnership with  the Lexington-Fayette Corridors Commission, Lextran, LexArts, area neighborhood representatives and churches, and the owner of the proposed location for an artistically designed bus shelter on the Georgetown Street corridor in Lexington, Kentucky.  For more information, including a map of the site, see

Project Scope and design prize

Art in Motion hereby announces a public contest for a the design of a unique transit shelter to serve Lextran riders and the community to be located on Georgetown Street.

The design prize to be awarded through this contest comes from private funds donated by the above-referenced partners.

The shelter will serve both as a bus stop with seating and shelter for riders, and as public art that enriches the Georgetown Street corridor. The shelter will also be as environmentally sustainable as possible in design and construction. 

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.

The contest will take place in three stages.  First, the jury will choose three finalist conceptual designs.  Second, a winning conceptual design will be chosen from the three finalists with public input.  Art in Motion and its partners will then provide to the winning designer detailed site information, including the exact size of the shelter footprint, the exact location the shelter is to be placed upon the property and necessary ROW/utility information that will be needed to complete the final detailed construction drawings. 

A cash prize of $2,000 will be awarded to the winning designer through the sponsorship of community partners.  The prize will be awarded to the selected winning conceptual design upon delivery of detailed construction drawings by the designer.  The selected winner shall be responsible for providing reasonable communication with the chosen General Contractor 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 $25,000.

Project Timeline

Deadline for entry of conceptual design and qualifications of designer(s): April 30, 2014.   ‘Entry’ means submission is postmarked by April 30, 2014.

Proposed date for announcing the winning design:  TBA.

Fabrication and installation of shelter:  proposed completion by Fall, 2014. 

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.   If a group of individuals are partnering on the entry or in the case of a firm, please identify one person and email address for notification purposes.

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.

Project Location

The shelter will be located at 483 Georgetown Street at the intersection with Lima Drive in the area of the current Lextran bus stop.   Visit to view map.)

Design Criteria

The proposed design should emphasize environmental sustainability in its design, materials and function.  The structure should be as low maintenance as possible in materials, details and finish, should weather well and should be as impervious to vandalism as possible.  Use of recycled or recovered building materials and living plant material is encouraged.

The shelter must also:

1)      Include a landscape design for consideration in possible future Corridors Commission funding.

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

3)      Provide seating that is not conducive to lying down or sleeping.

4)      Afford multiple entries and visibility for safety.

5)      Provide for access from shelter to boarding bus and consider road conditions and any bike lanes.

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 (see Americans with Disabilities Act, 49 CFR 37).

8)      Accommodate the parking/locking of a bicycle and include amenities such as recycling and garbage bins.

9)      Anticipate installation in the near future of GIS information and other digital amenities that would communicate real-time Lextran system information to riders.

10)  Include the design of a pad and appropriate footings that will provide foundation for shelter as part of the submitted design.

11)  Include a connection to the electrical grid to meet power needs of the 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

Elements to be considered in developing design:

1)      Georgetown Street is a major Lexington corridor and an important part of our downtown.

2)      It is the home of a very diverse, eclectic array of locally-owned businesses and neighborhoods.

3)      Both the historic Robert H. Williams Cultural Center (formerly the Colored Orphan Industrial Home which opened in 1894) and the Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum are located on Georgetown Street.  Hathaway, a Lexington native born in 1872, was an art professor and sculptor who became the first African-American to design U.S. coins, including the George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington half-dollars.

4)      Designers are encouraged to research the history and culture of the Georgetown Street area, as well as recent changes taking place, and incorporate those themes into their designs. 

5)      Goals of the proposed art shelter include:

  • Helping with the revitalization and transformation of the Georgetown Street area.
  • Bringing public art to an underserved area of Lexington.
  • Improving public transit amenities in Lexington.
  • Supporting the efforts of the West End revitalization iniative WE CARE: Our Community, Our future which is working to revitalize the area by creating community gardens and beautifying Douglass Park, among many other efforts.
  • Contributing to better connectivity that encourages walking, cycling, public transit and other forms of multimodal travel along the corridor.

6)      Inclusion of some method for providing music to riders while waiting inside the shelter is an encouraged, but not required, aspect of the design

7)      The design should take into consideration noise from traffic and other sources in the area, including New Circle Road.

8)      The design should take into consideration road conditions in the area, bike lanes, sidewalks and other modes of travel.

Please send all entries to:

Art in Motion, Inc.

838 East High Street # 114

Lexington, KY 40502

Direct any questions by email to AIM at or by phone at (859) 361-1052.  Questions must be submitted by April 9, 2014.  Responses to questions will be posted on AIM’s website at

Post-Application Process

A selection committee will be made of representatives of the Georgetown Street area, the Corridors Commission and Lexington’s artist/design community.  Three finalists will be chosen by the selection committee and the winning design will be chosen with public input. Winning and non-winning entrants will be notified by email.

Submitted materials will be returned upon request by emailing:

2 Responses to Georgetown Street Design Call!

  1. braylyn stewart says:

    Is there any limit to colors or would you want to see complementary colors for the design based off of the structure design proposed

    • aimlex says:

      Hi Braylyn, there is not necessarily any limit to colors that can be used, but something that compliments the design and colors of Bluegrass/east end sculpture would be optimum.

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