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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Illinois State University
RFP #NR012919
Request for Proposal: Student Housing Partnership Development Projects
Award Info Published Friday August 23, 2019
Awarded to:
Vendor: Gilbane Development Company, Providence, RI
Amount: An estimated $100,000,000
Terms:  One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 1
This award does not commit the University to enter into an Agreement, but indicates the University�s desire to enter into discussions with the finalist proposer of the RFP for the purpose of clarifying University needs and the information supplied by the respondent. On the basis of the information supplied and discussions, negotiations shall be entered into with the qualified proposer for the purpose of securing an Agreement that is in the best interest of the University and its students.
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 Tuesday January 29, 2019
The RFP opening date has been changed to February 12, 2019
This notice has been modified
Published Wednesday January 16, 2019
Questions received are addressed in Addendum 01.

See attached file: NR012919_Addendum01_Questions.
First published Friday, December 21, 2018
Sealed proposals will be accepted below until 2:00 PM, Tuesday February 12, 2019:
At the following address:
Purchasing Office
Illinois State University at Uptown Crossing
1220 Campus Box
100 South Fell Avenue, Suite D
Normal, IL 61790
Illinois State University is accepting proposals from qualified firms to pursue a public-private partnership arrangement for development of a comprehensive, multi-phased University student housing program.

Illinois State University is a publicly-supported higher educational institution (awarding baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees in numerous academic disciplines), located in Normal, Illinois. The University's central campus supports an enrollment of about 20,000 students, with over 6,000 students living on campus in university-owned and operated housing facilities in West Campus, East Campus, Watterson Towers, Cardinal Court Apartments, and Fell and School Street apartments.

Illinois State University on behalf of University Housing Services requests proposals from qualified providers regarding the provision of student residential facilities in several possible locations on or near the campus. The University is seeking to augment its current on-campus housing offerings to meet the needs of single, undergraduate, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students in a housing type not currently available on the campus. The University wishes to pursue a public-private partnership or (P3) arrangement with established firm(s) that may include an operating agreement that has the option to culminate in University ownership of the asset after a stated period of time.

The University wishes to have developers make residential living space available for up to 1,200 new beds/single students (preferably in one contiguous building containing pod-style residential spaces that are designed to accommodate at least 800 students at the same site) at location(s) on or near campus. This development must be constructed on available land owned either by the University or by a proposer, in whole or in part, and located in an area currently zoned for multiple residential living complexes, preferably located within approximately � mile of the campus, as measured from the center of the ISU campus Quadrangle. Illinois State University invites offers from qualified firms to provide professional planning, financing, design and construction of a high quality, professionally operated facility.

Please refer to the Specification Documents for more information.


A voluntary pre-submission conference call will be held on�Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Local Time.

You may attend via telephone by calling into either�(888) 822-7517�(USA Toll-Free) or�(713) 353-0212�(USA Caller Paid/International Toll). Use access code�5604312�to join the teleconference.

For additional information, contact:
Nick Mullins
Purchasing Office
Illinois State University at Uptown Crossing
1220 Campus Box
100 South Fell Avenue, Suite D
Normal, IL 61790-1220
Phone: (309) 438-1946
FAX: (309) 438-5555
State Purchasing Officer - John Knittle
There is a BEP goal for this procurement. See solicitation documentation for details.

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
  • NR012919.pdf (1 MB)
  • NR012919_Addendum01_Questions.pdf (384 KB)
  • NR012919_Addendum02_Extension.pdf (99 KB)
Public Opening Documents
  • NR012919_Bid_Tab.pdf (18 KB)