Request for Proposals (Bids)

Lake Superior Center dba Great Lakes Aquarium is currently accepting bids/proposals for the following projects in conjunction with the upcoming Shipwrecks Alive! exhibit.

Funding for this project is provided to LSC by the Arts and Cultural Heritage funding authorized by 2013 Minnesota Session Laws, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 6, clause (e) for $200,000 in the first year (fiscal year 2014) of the FY14/15 biennium, less one percent, for the State Entity’s administrative costs, for a total of $198,000.

Request for Proposals (Bids)

POSTED: November 22, 2013 (PDF)

DUE: Proposal due by 4 p.m. CST, December 13, 2013

I. Company Overview

Lake Superior Center (LSC) dba Great Lakes Aquarium (GLA) is a non-profit aquarium that “inspires people to explore their connection with Lake Superior and waters of the world” through live animal displays, audio/visual exhibits, interactive exhibits, education programs and outreach. The 62,000 sq. ft. facility is located on the Duluth harbor waterfront. GLA opened in 2000 and has an average annual visitation of 114,000 general visitors, including 10,000 school aged children.

II. Scope of work

Firm responsibilities include:

Design interpretive signage, interactive displays and audio visual displays. Exhibit floor plan and content will be developed and provided by GLA staff.

Fabrication and installation of exhibit. Live animal displays will be fabricated and installed with the assistance of GLA staff due to the specialized nature of exhibit.

III. Project schedule

December 13, 2013 – Proposals/bids due to Great Lakes Aquarium (see below).

December 20, 2013 – Proposal selected.

June 15, 2014 – Proposed exhibit on-site at Great Lakes Aquarium for installation.

IV. Budget

The budget for this exhibit is $95,000.

This budget to include:

  • Fabrication
  • Installation

Note: budget does not include shipping.

V. Additional Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal 

  • Must be able to fabricate off site (all pieces must fit through a 70” X 90” opening).
  • Installation of fabricated live animal displays will be completed with assistance from Great Lakes Aquarium staff.
  • Proposal due by 4 p.m. CST, December 13, 2013


Jay Walker

Director of Operations/Assistant Director

Phone: (218) 740-2011

Cell: (218) 260-9106