Design Competition: Process & Timeline

Design Competition: Process & Timeline

RFQ for Design Team for Memorial

On July 22, 2014, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was released by the Foundation and the Tucson Pima Arts Council.  The RFQ invited designers to submit their qualifications and design interests to create a master plan concept for El Presidio Park and provide a schematic design for the January 8th Memorial located within that park.  The deadline for submissions was September 30, 2014.

Sixty design firms and artists, both national and international, submitted their qualifications to build the permanent memorial.  Twenty of the submissions were from Tucson and more than half from Arizona, along with 12 other states, Toronto, New Delhi and Spain.

A primary goal for this exterior permanent Memorial is to create a place where the events of January 8th are remembered and where citizens can freely engage in meaningful contemplation and civil dialogue.  The place will allow for spontaneous and planned civic interactions as part of Tucson’s governmental center in El Presidio Park, downtown’s central public plaza.

The Memorial will honor the six individuals lost, 13 wounded, and those who directly responded on that tragic day.  The Memorial will also celebrate our democratic process that allows citizens to participate in governmental decision-making by speaking with their Representatives and safely exercise their fundamental right and responsibility to engage in civic dialogues with one another.

The Memorial will be a public destination that recalls Tucson’s spirit of “Together We Thrive” and will provide an inspirational setting to remember the tragic event that shocked the Tucson community and the world.

The four design team finalists initially came to Tucson on January 12 and 13, 2015 for a site visit and for further input from the Selection Panel, and a variety of community stakeholders.

The finalists will again return to present their preliminary ideas for a master plan for El Presidio Park and initial concepts for the Memorial design on a second visit on April 2, 2015.

Following the presentations, a 30-day public comment period will ensue.  The public is invited to view and comment on the designs on our website, which will be posted shortly after April 2nd presentations.

After a review of the submitted comments and recommendations, the Selection Panel will select a final design team to be awarded the commission in May, 2015.  This design team will continue to work with community stakeholders throughout 2015 to develop a final design.