Madawaska town manager to serve on national Art in Architecture review panel

MADAWASKA, Maine — The U.S. General Services Administration recently invited Madawaska Town Manager Gary Picard to become a panel member of its “Art in the Architecture Program” for the new port of entry facility to be built in Madawaska.

The GSA is responsible for all federal buildings, designing new facilities that blend in with local community aesthetics and culture.

According to Picard, the GSA is very interested in Madawaska’s downtown revitalization and strategic plans as both projects will be occurring on similar timelines.

“It’s perfect timing, to have a Federal Land Port of Entry (LPOE) project be designed and constructed on a timeline like Madawaska’s downtown revitalization,” Picard said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to serve on this panel as a local representative.”

The first meeting is scheduled for early August .

Information on the website states that the agency reserves one-half of one percent of the estimated construction cost of each new federal building to commission project artists.

A panel composed of art professionals, civic and community representatives, the project’s lead design architect, and GSA staff meets to discuss opportunities for artists to participate in the building project. This panel reviews a diverse pool of artist candidates and nominates finalists for GSA to evaluate.

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