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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Illinois State University
Bid #JC122022

Invitation for Construction Bid: ISU Farm Fiber Optics Connectivity

Award Info Published Friday January 13, 2023

CIRBN, LLCBloomington, IL

  • Amount: An estimated $148,436
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 1/30/2023 through 6/30/2023
  • Renewals: None
  • Custom Underground (subcontractor)
    BEP [56% / $83,124.16]

Unsuccessful respondents (1)



2 total

1 successful respondent

1 unsuccessful respondent

0 BEP contractors
0 VBP contractors
0 Small businesses

Buyer for this procurement: Jackie Gunderson, (309) 438-1945

Chief procurement officer for this procurement: John Donato

State purchasing officer for this procurement: Constance Ratliff

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

This notice has been modified
Published Monday December 12, 2022

Addendum #2 has been posted. Please see attached file:


This notice has been modified
Published Wednesday December 7, 2022

Mandatory Pre-Bid and Site Visit attendance log has been posted. Please see attached file:


This notice has been modified
Published Sunday November 20, 2022

Addendum #1 has been posted. Please see attached file.


Zoom links for pre-bid meeting and bid opening included.

First published Thursday, November 17, 2022
Project Description

Provide fiber optic connectivity upgrades at University Farm in Lexington - 25578 ISU Farm Lane, Lexington, IL 61753 (Chenoa & Lexington Townships). Provide all labor, material, equipment, and services necessary to place a fiber optic backbone for high connectivity to multiple locations on the property. All new fiber routes must be locatable by ISU personnel once installed. Seven separate locations, as shown in the drawings, to have single mode fiber installed, tested, and terminated. Two locations will have copper locations installed, tested, and terminated. All work must have positive test results must be given Illinois State University project manager to be distributed to ISU technical staff. Work to include coordination of IT infrastructure systems, equipment and materials installation with ISU electricians and Information Technology staff.

Sealed bids will be accepted below until 2:00 PM, Tuesday, December 20, 2022:
At the following address
Purchasing Office
Illinois State University at Uptown Crossing
1220 Campus Box
100 South Fell Avenue, Suite D
Normal, IL 61790-0000
via Electronic Bidding

In response to COVID-19, until further notice, ISU is enabling electronic submission of submittals (e-bidding). New electronic submittal regulations and instructions are noted below. We will also be opening this solicitation to accept physical paper submissions from vendors with pending IPG number, or no IPG number.

ISU will continue to maintain and follow all Illinois Procurement Code Regulations and Rules. Any submittals received after the identified due date and time will not be accepted or evaluated.

Either electronic submissions OR paper submissions will be accepted for this solicitation.

IMPORTANT- If electronic submission is preferred, please read the attached E-Bidding instructions for critical information. (E-BiddingVendorInstructions.pdf)


Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 at 10:00 AM local time.

The pre-bid meeting will be virtual using the Zoom app.

The Zoom meeting call in information will be included with an addendum posted with this solicitation.

Mandatory Site Visit- Following the pre-bid meeting, a mandatory site visit will be held on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022. More information about the site visit will be shared during the pre-bid meeting on Wednesday, November 30th, 2022.

Interested Prime bidders must attend this meeting and your company's name must appear on the official attendance log. This log will be used in the bid opening process, and if your company's name does not appear on the log, your bid will not be opened. Both the pre-bid meeting and the site visit are mandatory.

PARTICIPATION IN A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR APPROVED AND REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING PROGRAM IS REQUIRED ON PUBLIC WORKS BY PROCUREMENT CODE (30 ILCS 500/30-22). Illinois State University requests that you submit a Certificate of Registration in an approved Apprenticeship and Training Program issued by the Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, with your bid.

This bulletin is the only official source of documents for this bid. Clarifications or modifications to drawings or specifications will be posted via addendum. To give questions appropriate consideration and to give bidders time to respond to the resulting clarifications, the University requires that all questions be submitted no later than 4:30pm December 9, 2022 to Jackie Gunderson at

*Updated BEP Utilization Information*

A list of University-supplied NIGP commodity codes has been included in Part III of this solicitation's BEP Utilization Plan. Per the Utilization Plan's instructions, vendors who request a waiver from the goal on the basis of good faith efforts must exhaustively contact each vendor certified with the University-supplied commodity codes and document that contact in the Utilization Plan's Good Faith Efforts Contact Log. Waiver requests cannot be granted without exhausting outreach efforts in accordance with the Utilization Plan. For current and official BEP resources go to:

If the list of University-supplied NIGP commodity codes excludes a code that a prospective respondent or BEP-certified vendor believes should be included with the solicitation, additional codes may be requested and must be submitted by the question deadline for this solicitation. These requests should be made through a commodity code addition form supplied by the University buyer assigned to this solicitation. Email the buyer to obtain this form. If requested, additional University-supplied commodity codes may be added to the Utilization Plan by addendum at the University's discretion.

Subcontractors must meet the same requirements as prime contractors to do business with Illinois State University.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Jackie Gunderson
Purchasing Office
Illinois State University at Uptown Crossing
1220 Campus Box
100 South Fell Avenue, Suite D
Normal, IL 61790-1220
Phone: (309) 438-1945
FAX: (309) 438-5555
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Constance Ratliff
All responses must include:
  • Submit 1 copies of the response as defined in the specifications.
  • Sealed envelopes containing the bids have the bid number and project title on the envelope.
  • Bid security (see complete bid for details).
  • A letter from a surety company in substantially the form set forth in the Instructions to Bidders assuring the issuance of the performance and payment bonds.
  • There is a 30 percent BEP goal for this procurement. See solicitation documentation for details.
  • The contract(s) for this solicitation could exceed $50,000 annually.

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

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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Specification Documents
  • Form-B.pdf (1 MB)
  • JC122022_Add01.pdf (146 KB)
  • JC122022_Add02.pdf (155 KB)
  • JC122022_Bid_Docs.pdf (3 MB)
  • JC122022_Specifications.pdf (251 KB)
Other Public Documents
  • E-BiddingVendorInstructions.pdf (289 KB)
  • JC122022_Pre-Bid_Attendance.pdf (467 KB)
  • StateReminders.pdf (355 KB)
Public Opening Documents
  • JC122022_BidTab.pdf (224 KB)