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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Illinois State University
QBS #QBS022219
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Watterson Towers Elevator Design
Award Info Published Wednesday August 28, 2019
Awarded to:
Consultant: Architectural Resources PC, Buffalo, NY
Amount: An estimated $293,500
An estimated start date of 9/27/2019 through 6/30/2023
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 1
See file: QBS022219_submittal_log for a summary of BEP Utilization plans submitted by the candidates.
The buyer for this procurement is now Robyn Schuline, (309) 438-0260.
The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now Ben Bagby.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Constance Ratliff.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Thursday, February 7, 2019
Project Description

Illinois State University is seeking statement of qualifications from elevator consultant firms interested in providing on-site review and evaluation, along with planning and design services for upgrades and improvements to the eight elevators in the 28 story Watterson Towers high-rise residence hall occupied by approximately 2,000 residents on the main campus.  Firms should be familiar with elevator equipment usage demands for high-rise buildings in a university housing environment as well as the wide range of hoist-way conditions found in the temperate climate of central Illinois. The range of services to be provided include assessment of existing conditions, recommendations for remedial work, design, construction specifications and documents including warranty phase requirements, and estimated costs for completion of required project work.

At a minimum, upgrades and improvements will include replacing non-proprietary open market controls and wiring as required, with recommendations to be provided for replacement of roller guides, door operators, hallway doors and machines where required based on long-term dependability needs.

This work is currently planned to be completed in two phases, during the summers of 2020 and 2021.  

Elevator consultant firms interested in submitting their professional qualifications should have demonstrated knowledge and experience with elevator control and elevator equipment upgrade projects in high rise higher education residential facilities of this nature.  No project costs have been established for this project at this time.  The elevator consultant will be responsible for including necessary engineers and any other support consultants to develop a complete project design and budget as their design progresses.


A voluntary pre-submission conference call will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. CST

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.

A list of potential BEP Certified contractors has been posted as file:


*This list represents Illinois State University's earnest effort to identify commodity codes that may be involved with this solicitation, and provide contact information for BEP Certified vendors that self-identify as providing those commodity codes.  It is attached here for the convenience of interested vendors, not as an official or comprehensive list of BEP Certified vendors that are capable of meeting the solicitation requirements. For current and official BEP resources go to:

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

Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted below until 2:00 PM, Friday February 22, 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

For additional information, contact:
Corey Leslie
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 - Constance Ratliff
Only those firms which meet the following qualifications will be considered:
  • Licensed to practice as an architect, landscape architect, or engineer in the State of Illinois.
  • Registered and authorized to do business in the State of Illinois.
  • Utilize an AutoCAD compatible system to provide documents.
  • There is a BEP goal for this procurement. See solicitation documentation for details.
Selection will be consistent with the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act (30 ILCS 535/1).

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
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Other Public Documents
  • QBS022219_BEP_List.xlsx (25 KB)
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  • QBS022219_Form_A.docx (102 KB)
  • QBS022219_Form_B.docx (43 KB)
  • QBS022219_LOI.pdf (120 KB)
Public Opening Documents
  • QBS022219_Submittal_Log.pdf (145 KB)