The University of Tennessee Research Foundation is seeking qualifications and portfolios for an exhibit design/fabrication firm or team for the West Tennessee Solar Farm Welcome Center. The firm or team will design, fabricate and install interpretive educational exhibit(s) that will be located within the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is planned to be built in Haywood County, Tennessee.

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation is issuing this Request for Qualifications at the request of the University of Tennessee. UT has a service contract with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, and is responsible for development of the West Tennessee Solar Farm’s solar-education outreach, as well as the farm’s solar array. UT has subcontracted aspects of this development to the UT Research Foundation, an independent 501(c)3 organization.

Interested design firms or teams should meet the criteria described in the attached Request for Qualifications, and must provide the requested documentation by May 2, 2011.

Submitted qualifications will be evaluated, and a short list of qualified firms or teams will be identified. A Request for Proposals then will be issued to qualifying firms or teams, as described within the Request for Qualifications.