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"Call for Arrtists: Environmental Labortory"
2000-09-01 until 2000-09-18
King County Public Art Program
Seattle, WA, USA United States of America

The King County Public Art Program, working in partnership with the Wastewater Treatment Division, is seeking an artist or artist-led team to create a site-specific public artwork for the office space addition to the Environmental Laboratory on the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Project Budget: $30,000. Deadline: Required materials must be received or postmarked no later than Monday, September 18, 2000.

Artistís Opportunity: King County and project architects The Miller/Hull Partnership are interested in adding an artist to the Environmental Laboratory project who can tell the story of the regionís water quality and contribute to the educational nature of the facility. The public artwork has the potential to engage visitors, reveal the function of the lab and the importance of water quality to our region, and create a unique sense of place for the laboratory on the banks of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The Environmental Lab staff conducts regular, educational tours for the public. These tours will enter through the entry court and begin in the main lobby. The long chute of the entry area, as well as the glass-enclosed lobby have been suggested as possible art locations.

The artist will be paid $30,000 to design and fabricate a site-specific artwork. The project budget is expected to cover all costs associated with the project including artistís fees and travel, applicable taxes including Washington State Sales Tax, fabrication, shipping and installation of the artwork.

Background: The King County Wastewater Treatment Division is developing a 13,200 square foot office addition to its Environmental Laboratory on the banks of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The existing building was designed by The Miller/Hull Partnership in the mid 1980ís and contains an office area, laboratory and support space. This office expansion is being completed provide adequate office, storage and laboratory space for an increasingly complex workload. The Environmental Laboratory provides services to King Countyís Department of Natural Resources, and other public programs that enhance water quality. The lab provides comprehensive services from design of sampling and analysis plans through to data interpretation. Field specialists collect samples from marine and fresh waters, industries and water treatment plants. Lab personnel in trace metals, trace organics, conventionals, microbiology and aquatic toxicology analyze the samples and data is stored on the labís historic database. Information systems staff manage and report the data for use in a variety of regional water quality efforts.

The proposed addition, also designed by Miller/Hull, includes an entry court off of Ewing Street, terminating in a new lobby that will separate the new and existing structure. The ground floor of the addition will contain covered parking; the upper floor will contain office space and a conference room. The project site is in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood at 322 West Ewing Street in Seattle.

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