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Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital RFP - Exterior Sculpture
Nine Dot Arts
3507 Ringsby Ct. suite 115
Denver, CO 80216

Entry Deadline: 2/28/13
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 15
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 5
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 5
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 15

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NINE dot ARTS (NDA) invites artists on behalf of Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital (ESJH) to submit sculpture proposals to be commissioned for purchase and permanent exhibition on the exterior of the new hospital. The building is a campus development project which will replace the existing hospital with a new 21st century facility. The new hospital will be located mid-campus and will have 348 private patient rooms. The 826,000-square foot, highly-efficient facility is scheduled to open in Dec. 2014. It will mark the next great advancement in top-quality, affordable health care in Denver, and serve the community now and for generations to come.
The detailed specifications for the exterior sculpture location are enclosed. This RFP is open to all Colorado professional artists or artist teams capable of designing the piece and also arranging for fabrication and installation. The final award will go to the artist whose work best reflects the mission and values of ESJH (page 8), the defined art program goal and criteria (pages 10, 11) and who presents a detailed plan for execution. Knowledge and experience with large sculpture installation is required. Entries will be judged on:
Concept: the originality of the artwork
Spatial Context: how the artwork relates to the space and the audience
Quality: level of execution and workmanship

Artists will submit application materials through CaFE at There are no fees to submit an application. Artists may submit existing artworks or ideas for site-specific commissioned artworks for ESJH. All applicants must complete an online registration and upload the following:

Cover letter (600 word maximum that outlines your concept and detailed plan for execution)
Resume or CV
Artist’s statement which addresses at least one theme from the art criteria (2000 character maximum)
Estimated budget breakdown (see details on page 6)
Up to 15 image files of concept drawings, renderings or work samples with captions that include:
Year (N/A for concept drawings or renderings)
Media (the final piece must be made with a material that can withstand the elements)

Supporting material samples or maquettes may be delivered or mailed to Martha Weidmann at NDA. Please make arrangements in advance for delivery times. Material samples or maquettes will not be returned unless requested in writing.

All still images should be submitted in .jpg format. Video and time-based media may be considered, depending on availability of power and technical equipment. If submitting video, submissions must adhere to the specifications required by CaFE. The selection committee and NDA are not responsible for submissions which are incomplete or that fail to upload to CaFE. Please allow yourself plenty of time to upload your submissions.

**NOTE: All questions pertaining to this RFP must be directed in writing to Martha Weidmann with NDA. Under no circumstances should ESJH, the general contractor, the A/E Team or any other team participant be contacted by any respondent to this CFE.**

To enable the hospital to purchase more original artworks by local artists, NDA will donate 50% of all dealer discounts to ESJH. Cost is a consideration in the final selections so all art should be priced fairly and competitively. NDA’s goal is to create an enriched healing environment by exhibiting original artworks and financially supporting the creative talent in our community.

The art budget range for the exterior sculpture location is $115,000-$135,000 retail cost.

The budgets are based on retail art market pricing. Wholesale pricing should take into consideration standard dealer discounts of 30% of retail cost or 50% after hard costs (materials, fabrication, shipping, insurance, etc.).

Budgets must include the following costs (when applicable) materials, labor, fabrication, insurance, business and legal expenses, structural engineering, artists fees, dealer discounts, installation and delivery.

NDA will issue all purchase orders and payments for the selected artist. Questions regarding pricing or discounts should be sent in writing to

Community Meetings:
ESJH and NDA want to fully engage the art community for this Call for Entry. We have created two open meeting sessions and a site walk for all applicants to attend. Attendance is optional. All meetings will happen in Denver at the time and locations specified.

Project overview and introduction meeting: Special introduction to the project by ESJH President and CEO, Bain Farris, and Vice President of Mission and Sponsorship, Sister Melissa Camardo, followed by general Q&A.
When: Friday, January 18, 2013, 2-4pm MST
Where: NINE dot ARTS, 3507 Ringsby Ct. #115, Denver, CO 80216. For directions and a map, please visit

Technical meeting: Review of sculpture location, budgets, art pricing and installation followed by technical Q&A.
When: Monday, February 4, 2013, 2-4pm MST
Where: NINE dot ARTS, 3507 Ringsby Ct. #115, Denver, CO 80216. For directions and a map, please visit

Site walk: Site tour with the Healing Environment Art Committee. For this meeting we will look out over the construction site, walk you through the general building plans and view the fly-through rendering.
When: Monday, February 11, 2013, 1-2:30pm MST
Where: Midtown building at ESJH, 1960 Ogden St., Denver, CO 80218, 6th floor, Longs Peak Conference Room

Healing Environment Art Committee:
Artworks will be juried by the Healing Environment Art Committee. The committee is formed of representatives from ESJH, NDA and the design and architecture team.
The Committee reserves the right to select the artwork with the best value. The quality, suitability within the spatial context of the building, cost and concept of each artwork shall be taken into consideration in the selection process.
Furthermore, the Committee reserves the right to accept the proposal from the most qualified artists who best achieve the project needs and not necessarily the lowest cost proposal. The jury also reserves the right to waive formalities and reject any or all proposals.

Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital Information and History:
To foster healing and health for the people and communities we serve, particularly those medically underserved, through preeminent patient care and medical education.

To provide the safest, most satisfying care with the best outcomes at the best
value for the Denver community.

Owned and operated by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, since 1883, Saint Joseph Hospital is one of the largest non-profit hospitals in the region. Licensed for 565 beds, Saint Joseph is the major admitting hospital for Colorado Kaiser Permanente and maintains contacts with most of the major health plans in the Denver metropolitan area. Its occupancy rate is among the highest in Denver. The Hospital receives referrals throughout the Rocky Mountain West for maternity/newborn, cardiovascular, orthopedic, oncological, neurosurgical, gastrointestinal, urological, and other medical/surgical subspecialties. It has received national recognition for its quality of care and three times has been ranked nationally among the Top 100 Teaching Hospitals by Mercer Management Consulting, Inc., and HICA, Inc .

Exempla saint joseph hospital was founded by the sisters of charity of leavenworth in 1873 and is the oldest private teaching hospital in denver. In january of 1998 saint joseph hospital joined lutheran medical center and exempla medical group to form exempla healthcare, a not-for-profit, community-based organization.

In 1873, while Denver was still struggling to become the Territorial Capital, Mother Xavier Ross of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, sent four Sisters to the establishment of hospital work with nine dollars and the challenge: "Look forward for what good there is yet to be.“ The Sisters opened their hospital in a cottage at 14th and Arapahoe, but soon moved to a brick building at 26th and Holladay, later renamed Market Street.
During the early years, the hospital was known as Saint Vincent's. This was changed to Saint Joseph in 1876 when the Sisters began construction at 18th and Humboldt on land donated to them by territorial Governor William Gilpin. This site was directly adjacent to the hospital's present location at 1835 Franklin Street.
Construction of the administration building with its famous twin towers began in 1899. Led by flour baron John K. Mullen, the people of Denver raised $10,000.00 for this building with a "gigantic city-wide bazaar," and a "monster" euchre (whist) party, planned by none other than Mrs. J. J. "the Unsinkable Molly" Brown.
Ground was broken in 1961 for the hospital's current twin tower structures, which were dedicated May 31, 1964. Construction was accomplished in two phases. First the present towers were built, then the old twin towers were demolished. More recent additions of the old building were remodeled and utilized as part of the new structure.
A new surgery was added in 1972 and in 1977 the Radiology/Cardiovascular annex was completed. The latest addition, completed in 1997, is the Russell Pavilion. Named for benefactors Maxine and Sam Russell.

Art Program Goal:
The goal of the art program is to promote a healing and spiritually nurturing experience that reflects the safe and caring environment of ESJH. The artwork should engage the internal and external communities that ESJH has served as a faith-based hospital in Denver since 1873.

The key components of the art program are to have original artwork by Colorado artists in the most prominent spaces in the new hospital which integrate with the architecture and design.

Art Program Selection Criteria:
Movement (showing life)
Community (Western US, Colorado, Denver, Capitol Hill, ESJH)
Sacred (religious or spiritual)
Human presence
People of diversity
Diversity of materials

Additional Considerations:

Please download the Floor/Site Plan for all of this information and the interior design elements and architectural plans.