Metal workers (or teams) are invited to submit their qualifications to refurbish the Brinsley Tyrrell sculpture that is currently on the exterior of a building owned by Providence House.

The building owned and operated by Providence House, a nonprofit Family Preservation Crisis Nursery is located at 11801 Buckeye Road, commonly known as the Weizer Building. It is a registered historic landmark in the Buckeye-Shaker Community along a major thoroughfare and centered in a larger $60+ million neighborhood revitalization zone. The vision for this project is to refurbish the sculpture back to its original state.

Metal workers from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged to submit and teams are welcomed. Previous metal working experience is not required but is preferred.

Organizational Background
Providence House is Ohio’s first and one of the nation’s largest and longest operating Crisis Nurseries. We have been dedicated to keeping our community’s children safe and their families together for over 40 years. Providence House provides emergency shelter to children newborn through 12 years old whose families are experiencing crises which can increase risks for abuse, neglect, or foster care placement of their children. We offer free, voluntary (non-custodial) 24/7 loving care for children in a licensed, trauma-informed setting for up to 90 days while working intensively with their parents/ guardians to resolve crises such as homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, and lack of basic resources or employment so that their children can safely return home. Last year, 100% of families using our service successfully reunited with their children.

The need for our services, currently offered on our West Side Campus in Ohio City, has quadrupled in the past five years leaving over 400 children each year unserved or waitlisted. 70% of these children live in east side zip codes throughout Buckeye and surrounding neighborhoods. This has prompted us to expand our Family Preservation Crisis Nursery program to the east side. We have purchased and renovated the Weizer Building at East 118th and Buckeye and have begun construction of a 20-bed children’s residential wing in the spring of 2022 which will serve nearly 300 children and their families annually.

Project Intent
This site-specific metal worker(s) should:
1. Enhance the existing kite sculpture with a distinctive aesthetic experience both
highly visible and welcoming to residents, pedestrians, those traveling by in passenger vehicles and the children staying at the Crisis Nursery.
2. Create a signature presence for the building. This can be whimsical and/or colorful or reflect on the natural environment.
3. Be original work of the metal worker(s).
4. Provide excitement, interest, and unity for the community.
5. Celebrate the community’s rich heritage and the resilience of families.

Technical specification
1. The kite will be subject to sun and prevailing wind and rain.
2. Metal worker must demonstrate technical understanding of appropriate paint materials for durability and longevity.
3. Selected metal worker(s) to consider the site’s limitations and equipment needed to access the kite’s placement as noted in measurements on architect’s exterior elevations (below), which may include ladders and scaffolding.

1. Stay true to current color palette and paint type as originally done by, or if modified must be agreed upon, by original sculptor or committee.
2. Other sculpture elements include standing figures that were separated from the kite for construction and will be relocated in a new children’s garden on the campus.

Community Outreach and Engagement
1. The metal worker will engage the community in the process. This includes meetings with stakeholders which will help inform the color palette.
2. Engagements include pre-design meetings with clients and staff for conceptual input, as well as presentation meetings which may include the Providence House Board of Directors, donors, city officials, and neighborhood representatives.
3. This project may be subject to review and approval by the City of Cleveland for conformance with land use code and permit conditions.

Advance Notice of Contract Terms to Be Negotiated
1. Warranty and maintenance period.
2. Payment milestones.
3. Copyright and Image Use: Providence House intends to reserve the right to the finished sculpture.
4. “End of Use” Agreement.

Metal worker Process
Up to five (5) metal workers and/or metal worker teams will be selected by a Selection Committee from the qualified RFQ applicants. Each selected finalist will be paid a stipend of $500 to produce a conceptual design for the kite. This stipend will be applied toward the commission amount for the metal worker(s) awarded the commission.

The selected finalists are expected to detail a plan for community engagement and participation ensuring that the refurbishing of kite is reflective of public community input.

Selection Committee Members:
• Providence House Staff and/or Board of Directors
• Providence House Client(s)
• Architect
• Construction Manger
• Member(s) of the arts community
• Residents, Merchants and/or members at-large of the neighborhood

Additional members may be added at the sole discretion of Providence House.

The selection committee will review all materials properly submitted. Committee will also provide as much information and access to the project team as possible to assist with the metal worker’s research (if needed) while developing their proposal.

This request in no way obligates the metal worker to enter into a relationship with Providence House nor does this request obligate Providence House to enter into a relationship with any responders.

In its sole discretion, PH may pursue discussions with one or more metal worker, or none at all. Providence House further reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel this request or modify the selection schedule at any time for any reason.

All costs associated with responding to this request will solely at the responder’s expense unless otherwise noted.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2022 at 5:00PM EST
RFQ-Materials and Documents Required for submission by 5:00 PM EST. Please reach out to Michelle Walsh for secure Drop Box link prior to deadline at

Please see pdf document below for full schedule and further details on submission requirements.

This call is open to all qualified metal workers or teams thereof, 18 and older, living or working in the Buckeye-Shaker, Larchmere, Woodland Hills and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods.

As a result of the RFQ process, metal workers and/or metal worker groups that are selected as finalists will be paid a stipend of $500 to produce a conceptual design for the kite. The metal worker(s) whose designs are chosen for final implementation will be paid an additional fee, which will cover their services during the design-development, installation, materials, and later phases of the project.

The selection will include a review of the budget for competitiveness and understanding of the project components.




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