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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative
SoleSource #IPHEC2026

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Thursday March 19, 2020
Awarded to:
Vendor: Humanscale Corporation, Piscataway, NJ
Amount: An estimated $5,000,000
An estimated start date of 4/5/2020 through 4/4/2023, 36 months
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Wednesday March 18, 2020
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now Ben Bagby.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.
First published Monday, February 24, 2020
The University awarded a contract for Ergonomic and Sustainable Furniture/Furniture Comp to Humanscale Corporation, Piscataway, NJ, for an estimated $5,000,000.
Universities have a need to acquire ergonomic and sustainable products in their efforts to meet legislative and internal initiatives. Currently, there is only one furniture vendor that meets environmental certifications for all products, not just a select few and that vendor is Humanscale. Humanscale certifications are Sustainability: ANSI/BIFMA e3 / LEVEL 3, highest level attainable. Ergonomic: ANSI/HFES 100 Human Factors Engineering and BIFMA G! Ergonomic Guidelines. The end result of this sole source will be enhancing the amount of ergonomic/sustainable products available to universities. IPHEC, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is Humanscale. IPHEC has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form. Although IPHEC has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university's need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Graham LaMontagne
Phone: (217) 300-6452
Chief Procurement Officer - Ben Bagby
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

Hearing Details

March 11, 2020
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
March 6, 2020
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • IPHEC2026Humanscale.pdf (1 MB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • IPHEC20206Humanscale-Part2.pdf (27 KB)