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Coeur d’Alene Advance Wastewater Treatment Facility

AWTF Biogas Flare Artwork Project

Nestled alongside the Centennial Trail and the Spokane River is the Coeur d’Alene Advance Wastewater Treatment Facility.  A publicly-owned treatment facility, the AWTF is subject to one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the country’s most restrictive effluent discharge requirements.

In an effort to increase the public’s awareness of the AWTF, the City of Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Department is actively seeking creative and fun ways to engage and educate trail users of “what is biogas and what is it used for?”  In short, biogas is a byproduct of one of many wastewater treatment processes and is often used for power generation or as a heat source. Excessive biogas is flared or flamed (burned) off.  While the flare operates under pressure, the actual flame burns continuously with a flickering effect.

There is no specific theme for the artwork other than the AWTF has requested that the final piece be safe, FUN, and appropriate for viewers of all ages.  It should complement and include open flame into its final design and reflect the amazing transformation of recycling wastewater into a viable “Class A” clean water source.

The goal is to significantly beautify and delight those passing by the AWTF, while at the same time providing an educational element pertaining to biogas along the trail. The city will develop, fund, and install the educational element associated with the biogas flare project.  The completed final artwork and educational product will become the property of the City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

BUDGET The budget for this project is $75,000, which is inclusive of all costs related to the artist and/or artist team’s design and project which include the following: management fees, all subcontract and consultant costs including engineers, electricians, fabricators, studio and overhead costs; fabrication, lighting, transportation, delivery and installation of all art components, including foundations, concrete pad and footings; liability and insurance costs as required; and all other costs associated with the art project. Artwork should meet all applicable city building codes.  All finalist proposals must include a 10% contingency as part of their budget, included with the overall $75,000 budget, to be used only with written permission from the City.

Entry Deadline: 12/1/23

For more information: Coeur d'Alene Call for Public Art

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