Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Mission Wall Request for Proposals

 
INTRODUCTION
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity transforms communities through neighborhood revitalization, education, innovative development and partnerships. As one of the largest affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International, Atlanta Habitat has built more than 1,400 houses—impacting the lives of more than 5,500 family members and 100 neighborhoods—since 1983. In addition to constructing quality, affordable, energy-efficient homes, the nonprofit homebuilder also rehabs existing structures and performs minor repairs for qualifying homeowners. Houses are sold with zero-interest mortgages to first-time homebuyers in Atlanta and South Fulton County.
 
Our mission: Atlanta Habitat for Humanity transforms communities by acting as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization through education, innovative development, partnerships, and long-term relationships with families.
 
Our Atlanta Habitat ReStore sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances at a fraction of the retail price. Thanks to donations received from across Atlanta, its inventory changes daily. Each time someone donates, shops or volunteers at the ReStore, they are helping Atlanta Habitat for Humanity transform communities and empower hardworking families. All net profits from the ReStore go directly to Atlanta Habitat. In 2016, net profits were enough to build nine Atlanta Habitat houses. Atlanta Habitat ReStore is committed to repurposing and sustainability and would like to see that reflected in the RFP. Our ReStore sustainability practices include diverting 1,500 tons of materials from landfills in 2016, resulting in more than 3,000 tons since the ReStore opened in our new location in 2014. Since opening in 2001, a total of 10,500 tons have been diverted.
 
PROJECT DETAILS
Atlanta Habitat is requesting proposals to create a mission wall to highlight the organization’s (includes the ReStore) work through visually creative approaches and displays that can be installed in our Atlanta Habitat ReStore.
 
The space: The mission wall will be installed on the upper-level (mezzanine) of the ReStore.
The dimensions of the mezzanine area are 70 linear feet on the short end and 122 linear feet on the long end (what you see when you walk in the front door). The handrail is 42" high. Because of ducts and beams, we would like the mission wall to be on the long end and measure, at a minimum, 6 feet high by 40 feet long. For various operational reasons, we would prefer that it not wrap around the entire expanse of the mezzanine.
 
We are open to all ideas that are innovative, environmentally conscious and realistically affordable.
 
SUBMISSION
The proposal response should include an artist rendering or sketch of the proposed design, approach to installation, materials that are proposed to be used, estimated production schedule, cost and other significant details that describe the scope of the work.
 
Responders should also provide:
• A summary statement of why this approach would best capture Atlanta Habitat’s work
• One-page statement of the artist’s professional experience and background
• Three references (include organization, contact name, phone and email address)
• Three samples of relevant work (submitted as attachment or URL)
 
Information Session: 1pm to 2pm, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
At this time, proposers will receive an overview of the project, have questions answered, and view the space.
 
Meeting Location: Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Headquarters
Training Room 1301
824 Memorial Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
Free parking. Enter from Memorial Drive
The session will start in the headquarters building and end at the ReStore (next door).
 
Submission Deadline: 5pm, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017
Send proposals to Jill Strickland Luse jill.stricklandluse@atlantahabitat.org. or
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
824 Memorial Drive, SE,
Atlanta GA 30316.
No phone calls, please.
 
Proposals will be reviewed by an Atlanta Habitat committee. Finalist(s) will be notified by October 30, 2017. Atlanta Habitat will engage with a firm or individual by December 15, 2017.
 
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Q&A
 
When the wall is mounted, does it need to be attached in a specific way?
Safety is our #1 priority, but you can be creative in this area. You can attach it with nuts, bolts, cables etc. You can hang it from the upper beam depending on weight. Or you can adhere it to the railings. There is a small lip that can hold a sign that hangs just outside of the railings a few inches. The wall can go from the top of the ceiling down, or down on the mezzanine floor going up. But, the wall cannot be the full height of the mezzanine because of circulation purposes. The easiest way would be to attach the wall/sign to the railings.
 
 
Does the wall need to be exactly between the two mentioned beams, or can it be larger?
The wall can fill the size of the majority of the mezzanine railing length, but be mindful of the obstacles and cost-effectiveness.
 
 
What about the large sheetrock walls that have room for art above the exit doors?
We would love to see your ideas about that in the future, but our first priority is the mezzanine space.
 
 
Can we stop by from now until mid-October to revisit the space?
Yes, Mon-Sat 10:30a – 5:30p. But if it is on a Saturday, please email us so we can inform the other staff. You must always have an escort to go upstairs during this portion of the project. Architectural drawings are also available.
 
 
Can we walk around the mezzanine space?
Yes.
 
 
Can we use the ReStore and AHFH taglines? Can we use photos that you have on your server?
Yes, and please let us know exactly which types of photos you are looking for when the time comes.
 
 
Can we use our personal photography?
Sure! We look forward to seeing your work in the proposal.
 
 
Are you looking for a specific medium?
The sky is the limit. We would love to see 3D elements, graphic design, photography, painting or a combination of mediums you think would be best in this space.