RFQ: SFPUC’s CDD at 2000 Marin St, San Francisco, CA

  • Commissioning Entity

    San Francisco Arts Commission

  • Application Open Date


  • Application Deadline Date


  • Minimum Budget


  • Maximum Budget


  • Location of Commission

    San Fransisco, California, United States

  • Commission Portal

    View Link

  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    Craig Corpora

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone


  • Commission Document

    Document not uploaded

  • Brief Description


    The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for an artwork at San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) City Distribution Division (CDD) at 2000 Marin Street in San Francisco. This is an opportunity to create a monumental artwork integrated into the North and West façades of the parking garage on the CDD’s new campus.


    The budget for artwork is $1,859,800 inclusive of all artist's fees, as well as associated expenses for design, fabrication, insurance, transportation and installation. An architectural credit of $150 per square foot can be applied to the artwork in areas where the artwork replaces the proposed metal cladding of the building’s façade.


    Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists who reside in the United States. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines will be withdrawn from consideration.


    San Francisco Public Works is currently designing a new campus for SFPUC’s CDD at 2000 Marin Street to replace its existing facility at 1990 Newcomb Avenue. SFWD manages the City’s water distribution system, including maintenance of 1,250 miles of water mains, 12 reservoirs and 9 pump stations. The new campus, situated in the Islais Creek watershed, will be the work location for managers, engineers, tradesperson, administrators, and field personnel. The campus will include five buildings (Administration, Warehouse, Shops, Auto Shop, and Parking Garage), and a landscaped Plaza.

    The Arts Commission and SFPUC have identified the North and West façades of the Parking Garage as the optimal public art location. This is an opportunity for an artist to architecturally integrate an artwork into the two façades. The following are the approximate areas for an artwork: North façade at 43 feet high by 134 feet wide, and West façade at 43 feet high by 300 feet wide. The artwork is not required to cover the total surface area of both façades but can occupy a portion of the facades; the design will also need to accommodate ventilation requirements of the Parking Garage. The artwork will be highly visible along Cesar Chavez Street and Evans Avenue and will constitute a monumental artwork for the surrounding Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Islais Creek, and Bayview Hunters Point neighborhoods.

    The goal of the project is to create a site-specific, landmark artwork that is inspired by water and reflects the activities of the SFPUC’s City Distribution Division including connecting all to deliver high quality, efficient and reliable water to the residences and businesses within the City and County of San Francisco. The artwork shall also reflect the SFPUC’s mission to provide their customers with high quality, efficient and reliable power, water, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to its care.


    Please see commission document for application instructions and find the application portal linked here


    6/8/2022 UPDATE- Application deadline extended to 08/26/22 at 11:59PM Pacific Time