Design-Build team sought for innovative lighting corridor to connect Columbus Circle to Armory Square

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Project overview:

Syracuse University, through its Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development (CEED), seeks a qualified lighting designer or design team with experience in iconic outdoor lighting installations to develop a signature streetscape lighting design for a project or projects along East Jefferson Street in Syracuse, NY as part of the “Civic Strip” of the Connective Corridor.

$300,000 has been allocated for this Design–Build project. Deadline for application is 11:59 p.m., December 15, 2015.  One award will be made to a single Design—Build team to  work as a single entity to manage the design and construction services for the installation of the lighting project/s.  The proposed $300,000 budget is all inclusive and includes design, fabrication, procurement, required permits and installation of lighting systems.

This RFQ is targeted to experienced design teams with a portfolio of innovative lighting projects, including those who have developed lighting systems that also function as public art.  Large scale examples of such projects are The Bay Lights site-specific light sculpture and art installation on the western span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge or light matrices such as “Multiverse,” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  While this RFQ is not of that scale, the intent is to create an installation along East Jefferson Street that will become an iconic Syracuse light sculpture.

Respondent teams should include a professional lighting designer who can help develop innovative lighting concepts that enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the street, encourage more pedestrian use with a sense of enhanced safety through a well-designed lighting plan that is context-sensitive to the architectural landscape of the streetscape and surrounding neighborhood. Energy-saving LED lighting technologies with a long-life span are required.  Ease of maintenance and durabilitywill also be essential elements, especially in Syracuse’s intense four-season climate.

This lighting project will be a key part of the Connective Corridor’s “Civic Strip” – intended to help activate a district that encompasses the City’s civic institutions, museums, and a clustered area of arts, cultural and entertainment venues.  The vision for the Civic Strip is attractive architectural lighting, wayfinding signs, public art and other streetscape accoutrements to provide a welcoming, walkable experience for those living, working, and visiting downtown Syracuse.

Project details, the full RFQ, map of the project area and instructions on how to respond are posted here.

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