Artwork-Call for Entries Information
About the EFR Rail Extension Project
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver, Colorado is the transportation agency for an eight-county area in Colorado serving a population of 2.8 million people. RTD is committed to increasing the number of original commissioned pieces of art throughout its district. RTD is pleased to announce a series of commissioned art opportunities on the FasTracks Southeast (EFR) rail line extension project-which includes Sky Ridge Station, Lone Tree City Center Station, and RidgeGate Station, all of which are currently under construction.
The Southeast Rail Line opened in 2006 as a 19-mile extension of rail from I-25 & Broadway, with 15 miles along I-25 to Lincoln and an additional 4 miles along I-225 to Parker Road. This extension will add an additional 2.3 miles of rail and three new stations to bring service south into the city of Lone Tree located in Douglas County.
Sky Ridge Station
The preferred location for artwork at this station is in the plaza (round area). The contractor currently will not pour a concrete pad until there is a clear idea of what will be installed. The selected artist will have to provide an engineered foundation design as part of their piece. Generally, it will be in the location shown.
The Sky Ridge Station is located in a mix-use area in close proximity to the Sky Ridge Medical Center, apartments, businesses and restaurants.
Commission amount- Sky Ridge Station artwork is $100,000.
Ridge Gate Station
Artwork location at this station is in the plaza and/or on the parking garage. Final art placement will require approval and is dependent on what is proposed. The plaza area is located between the parking garage and the station platforms.
Once this rail extension project is completed, the RidgeGate Station will be the new end-of-line station and garage (the current end of line is at the Lincoln Station). The area surrounding this station currently consists of open space and The Schweiger Ranch that is over 100 years old. The area is experiencing growth and development.
Commission: RidgeGate Station artwork is $150,000.
Schweiger Ranch: http://schweigerranch.org/
Windscreen placement will be on light rail platforms at Sky Ridge, Lone Tree
City Center and RidgeGate stations. The enhancements are intended to provide
cohesiveness along the line while providing an individual identity to each
Requirements: Windscreens need to be opaque or
semitransparent. Criteria requires 75% if the windscreen is to be translucent
or transparent. The material has to be durable for cleaning and maintenance
purposes that won't scratch or be easily peeled off by patrons or cleaning
activities or melt/deform in the sun. Glass seems to work best although we
currently have polycarbonate called out on the plans.
The windscreens will be located at three stations. Lone Tree
City Center Station, which is the middle station of the three, will be located
in the center of a new development project in the area. The area was previously
vacant land, just west of the Centennial Airport.
Commission: windscreen enhancements are $100,000.
Project website for the EFR Rail Extension, also known as
the Southeast Rail Extension:
Station and Map: http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/se_66
RTD Website Art-n-Transit: http://www.rtd-denver.com/artnTransit.shtml
City of Lone Tree: http://www.cityoflonetree.com/
Douglas County: http://www.douglas.co.us/
1. The movement, safety and security of pedestrians is a
2. The artwork will be outside and exposed to the elements. It
must be able to withstand the constantly changing weather conditions of
Colorado which include wide fluctuations in temperature and intense sunlight.
3. Materials used must be durable and require little or no
4. Prior approval for use of electricity is needed.
5. Artwork proposed for any location by the tracks must not
violate any of the clearance and safety regulations concerning the overhead
electrical wires (that power the trains) or impede with any train operations.
Final Selection Round
For questions or site plans and drawings of the three
stations where the artwork will be placed, please contact Christina Zazueta at
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