4Culture Grants + Calls

Jameson/ArcWeld Building Replacement

A new home base for King County’s clean water heroes: create a site-specific artwork for an exterior location at the new Jameson building in the Interbay Industrial Area of Seattle, Washington.

1 About the Project

1 About the Project

  • Budget: $250,000 [Artist’s project budget is inclusive of artist fees, implementation which includes materials, fabrication, on-site installation, travel, transportation, and Washington State Sales/Use Tax. This amount does not include applicable construction credits.]
  • Eligibility: open to professional artists and artist-led teams residing in the United States.
  • Application: submission of an online application is required for this opportunity.
  • Deadline: Thursday, March 5 by 4:00 pm PST


4Culture and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) seek an artist or artist-led team to create a site-specific artwork for one surface or façade of the new Jameson building. Artworks will inspire and engage the broader community to:

  • Consider the WTD workers who build and operate clean water facilities.
  • Environmental stewardship and protection of water quality in our region.
  • Influence of WTD workers, and their connection to this industrial neighborhood and larger community.
  • The artist will work with the project team and architectural consultant in a collaborative relationship.

Project Background and Site

King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is replacing buildings that house the West Section Offsite Facilities and North Satellite Construction Management employees. These buildings are in the Interbay Industrial area near Fisherman’s Terminal. These buildings house employees who support construction, operations, and maintenance of King County’s regional sewer system. Employees may travel to facilities throughout the West Section (pictured in tan below) or work on site fabricating parts for equipment that was made decades ago.

The project team has been working with employees to understand the challenges of their jobs and what they need for a more efficient, healthy, and productive workspace.

The existing buildings have reached the end of their useful life and do not have room to support the WTD workforce into the future. Limited space for work vehicles stresses an already crowded industrial area. King County’s team will design and build a sustainable building that supports these essential employees with a functional, healthy workplace.

Worker and Project Service Area

“A new home for our clean water heroes.” The WTD workers who are based at this site build and maintain sewer infrastructure that serves about a 100-mile service area. Offsite crews maintain equipment and facilities that move wastewater from the service area to our West Point Treatment Plant. WTD’s Construction Management oversees contractors building pipes, pump stations, Wet Weather facilities, and regulator stations that support people in our growing region.

This project and site will be considered a home base for approximately 70 workers from WTD. The project also considers its proximity to an extended community that values and depends on clean water. This includes Fisherman’s Terminal, a homeport to the North Pacific Fishing Fleet in close proximity of the working waterfront of the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The project is also situated near Discovery Park and the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center – a home to the regions Native people and ceremonial, cultural and social gatherings. West Point Treatment Plant is located on a critical cultural site where a Tribal Oversight Committee installed a display about the connection of modern wastewater treatment to Native people’s values. All of these are connections to the importance of our region’s waters. For more information please look at the Burke Museum for West Point.

The new building will be four stories in the context of the industrial neighborhood. Currently there are both a ground level façade as well as multi-level parking. These areas are available and prioritized for treatment, either in the vocabulary of materials proposed for the project, or with new materials proposed by an artist. The intentions are to consider one side of the building and street level experience, while working in conjunction with the project architect and team to carry the design holistically on the buildings surface. Inspiration for the design should consider both the primary use of the facility by up to 70 workers who are the “clean water heroes” of our region, and water as the essential element that ties this site, to the extended community of the working waterfront. 4Culture, working in partnership with King County’s WTD, is seeking artworks that will inspire and engage the broader community to consider water quality in our region. The artist commissioned for the permanent work will create a strong visual identity for the building and consider its context in this neighborhood and larger community.

Neighborhood and Project Site

Sustainability and the Living Building Challenge

King County is committed to the highest green building and sustainable development standards and strategies for King County-owned buildings and infrastructure. The Jameson Arc Weld replacement project will help meet green building goals in the County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan as one of 10 Living Building Challenge (LBC) projects initiated in King County by 2020.

The LBC is a certification program that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability—providing a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment. It is one of most rigorous performance standards in the industry, as the full certification requires net-zero energy, waste and water by every project.

WTD’s goal is to achieve Petal Certification for the Jameson Arc Weld Replacement project.
In basic terms, the LBC is based on 5 “petals” and 20 “imperatives”. To get a better understanding of how this relates to the planning for the public art program at the site, it is helpful to understand each petal.

The LBC is comprised of seven performance areas, or “Petals”—Materials, Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Equity, and Beauty. Petal Certification only requires meeting three of the seven petals; this project is pursuing Energy, Place, and Beauty. More information about each of these Petals can be found on the Living Building Institute site.

For the Jameson building, an artist can find inspiration in any of the petals, but the overarching Petal to achieve is “Beauty and Spirit” with the goal to meaningfully integrate public art and contain design features intended solely for human delight and celebration of culture, spirit, and place.

Site Views

Looking southeast at a rendering of the building from Jameson Street.
Looking northeast a rendering of the building from Gilman Way.

Further Client and Project Information

King County Jameson Building Replacement

4Culture Public Art

MWA Architects

Wastewater Treatment Division Story Map:
Project Story Map

Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Masterplan:
WTD CSO Masterplan

Living Building Challenge:
International Living Future Institute

2 Timeline

2 Timeline

Timeline for Selection

Call for artists released: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Application deadline: Thursday, March 5, 2020, 4:00 pm PST
Selection panel meeting #1: week of March 23, 2020 [selection of finalists]
Finalist Orientation and selection panel meeting #2: week of April 6, 2020 [finalists’ interviews]*

*Applicants should be available in this timeframe to participate in an in-person or video conferencing orientation and interview if selected as a finalist. If in-person attendance is required, out-of-town finalists will be reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses to attend both the orientation and interview in Seattle, Washington. If applying as a team, the allowance for travel will accommodate may not fully reimburse all team members. The panel reserves the right to make no selection from the submitted applications or finalist interviews.

Project Timeline

Design contract issued: April 2020
Research and conceptual development: April—July 2020
Presentation of conceptual proposal to the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC): July 16, 2020
Design development and final design schedule dependent on approved concept and contractor milestones: July—December 2020
Construction timeline and on-site implementation (TBD based on project type and integration): June 2021—October 2023

3 Are You Eligible?

3 Are You Eligible?


This project is open to professional artists and artist-led teams residing in the United States.

4Culture and Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) employees, selection panel members, PAAC members, project personnel including design consultants, and immediate family members of all the above are not eligible to apply.

Selection Criteria

Finalists will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Quality and strength of past work as demonstrated in the submitted application materials.
  • Interest in working with the WTD partners and architectural consultant to collaborate on the artwork and its influence on the architecture.
  • Ability to think on a macro and micro scale about physical environment, and views for both workers and the larger community in context to the project site.
  • Perceived ability and interest in creating site-specific artwork, especially in an outdoor environment.
  • Interest in environmental sustainability and the Living Building Challenge to develop a project that and a project that embraces these ideas.
  • Availability to begin proposal development work immediately.

Selection Process

A five-person selection panel will review the applications and select up to four finalists for interviews. Prior to the interview, all finalists will be given a project orientation (either in-person or through an on-line conferencing option) so that they can fully understand the site context and scope of the project. The panel will reconvene to interview the finalists and select one artist for the commission.

If all artists are able to interview in-person, the meetings will be held in Seattle at the offices of 4Culture, and finalists from outside of the greater Seattle area will be reimbursed for travel expenses and hotel accommodation.

The panel reserves the right to make no selection from the submitted applications or finalists’ interviews. The panel’s recommendations are subject to approval by WTD and the PAAC.

4 How to Apply

4 How to Apply

You must submit the following materials via online application. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.


Contact information for yourself or all members of your team if applying as a team.

Statement of Interest

Write a statement (500 words or less) explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and how you would approach this commission considering your past work. Consider the selection criteria as it relates to your experience and interests. Applicants are NOT asked to submit a proposal as part of the application.


Two-page (maximum) current professional résumé. Keep the formatting as simple as possible. PDF is preferred; text (.txt) files will also be accepted. Teams should upload one document with two-page résumés for each team member.

Work Samples

You must submit 10 total work samples to be eligible for consideration. We encourage you to submit work samples that best illustrate your qualifications for this opportunity. Artists whose primary practice includes work that includes media may submit up to 3 of the 10 samples as audio or video files, with a cumulative run-time of up to 5 minutes.

  • Digital Images: Submit up to 10 digital images (no composites) of past work. If applying as a team, a maximum of 10 images may be submitted, inclusive of all team members.  Upload JPG files only; images must be under 2 MB in size, 1920 pixels on the longest side, and at least 72 dpi.
  • Audio/Video: Submit up to three (3) audio or video samples if these media relate to your art practice (i.e., to show kinetic artwork, gradations of light, sound or media-based art, etc.). Audio samples must be submitted via SoundCloud with the specific URL (e.g., soundcloud.com/29523) noted on the Work Sample Upload page. Video samples must be submitted via Vimeo or YouTube, with the specific URL (e.g., vimeo.com/2992575) noted on the Work Sample Upload page. All submissions must be publicly accessible (password protected files will not be accepted). Timed excerpts are preferred, but longer samples may be submitted with notation in the description field of specific start and stop time for a cumulative run time of up to 5 minutes. Please include the start and stop times for excerpted audio/video samples at the beginning of the descriptive text.

Each work sample requires a brief description (75 words or less). Descriptions should include the following information if applicable: project location, commissioning agency, budget, project partners, photo credit, and copyright owner.

5 Help

5 Help


If you have questions regarding the application, please contact:

Andy Le

If you have questions related to the project, please contact:

Kelly Pajek

We are available by phone or email to answer questions. In addition, 4Culture Public Art will hold an informational session for applicants interested in this project:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 5:30—7:30 pm
4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S, Seattle, WA 98104
RSVP requested at publicart@4culture.org

Deadline: applications must be received no later than 4:00 pm PST on Thursday, March 5, 2020.