In 2017, ISUs University Housing Service conducted Feasibility Study, which recommended that ISU construct new residence halls to house approximately 1,200 students and add additional dining to support on campus student dining needs. Based on the original feasibility study, in December 2018, an RFP was issued for a concession seeking a developer under a Public Private Partnership (P3) structure for construction a new residence hall and dining center. Gilbane Development Company, including Mackey Mitchell as the A&E firm, was awarded the project as the developer of the potential project in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on university housing, and the project was suspended. The University decided to move away from the original P3 project model and to proceed with the project as a traditional, university owned, auxiliary facility system (AFS) funded capital project initiated and managed by Illinois State University.
The University has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form. Although the University 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 Mackey Mitchell, as original creators, of the plans for the project are uniquely positioned to continue the A/E work the project forward.
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.
The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.