February 13, 2023 Permanent Memorial Conceptual Design Competition at Michigan State University- East Lansing, MI

  • Commissioning Entity

    Michigan State University

  • Application Open Date


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  • Minimum Budget


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  • Location of Commission

    East Lansing, Michigan, United States

  • Geographic Eligibilty

    Applicants in country of installation

  • Contact Name

    Stephen Troost

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone

    (517) 930-7072

  • Commission Document

    View Link Document

  • Brief Description

    In the wake of the violence of Feb. 13, 2023, Michigan State University established the Feb. 13 Memorial Planning Committee in October 2023. Made up of members from across the university, this subcommittee of the Public Art On Campus Committee engaged stakeholders to gather insights on creating a permanent memorial, with support from The National Charrette Institute and MSU's Trauma Services and Training Network.

    The committee began in January 2024 by engaging with those directly impacted by the tragedy. MSU’s Office for Resource and Support Coordination (ORSC) engages regularly with the directly impacted individuals and provided outreach to these groups for input into permanent memorial planning. The insights garnered shaped a broader campus/community survey. The committee then also organized multiple in-person and virtual engagement sessions in March and April 2024.

    The data collected and summarized helped develop this Request for Proposal (RFP) to design, build, and install a permanent memorial. Collaborating closely with the Public Art on Campus Committee, the Feb. 13 Memorial Planning Committee anticipates announcing the selected proposal during the Fall 2024 semester at the conclusion of a public feedback process on designs. The goal is to have the memorial installed in 2025.

    In addition to the memorial, there are several initiatives underway to memorialize, honor and remember those we lost and those affected by the Feb. 13 tragedy. Through the efforts of MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities and MSU Student Life and Engagement, and a generous donation from the Associated Students of Michigan State University, a bench honoring the memory of the lives lost has been installed in a plaza near Berkey Hall. The MSU Museum also is serving as the central repository for memorial items placed around campus, which are being documented and preserved.

    RFP Objective

    The objective of this RFP is guided by comprehensive community engagement and reflects the insights gathered from approximately 2,000 stakeholders within the extended Michigan State University community. A summary of the feedback can be found on the memorial planning page. The proposed memorial seeks to honor the memory of those affected by the Feb. 13 tragedy, while fostering a space for healing, remembrance, and communal solidarity.

    Through extensive surveys and focus groups, the MSU community expressed a strong preference for a memorial that serves three primary functions:

    1. Honoring and Remembering: The memorial should honor and remember the lives taken, wounded, and impacted, as well as those who provided support on the day and beyond.

    2. Healing and Reflecting: The memorial should offer opportunities for both individual and collective reflection and contemplation.

    3. Community Building: The memorial should be a space to honor and continue to nurture the sense of unity and community that was built in the aftermath of Feb. 13.

    For full project information, please see commission portal link.