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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Illinois State University
QBS #QBS051515
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Campus Recreation Outdoor Activity Center
Published Monday February 5, 2018
Consultant: Sink Combs Dethlefs Architecture
Amendment Amount: $0

On October 2, 2017, Sink Combs Dethlefs was acquired by Perkins + Will, Inc. of Chicago Illinois. Perkins + Will has assumed all rights and obligations of the contract awarded to Sink Combs Dethlefs through this QBS process.
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.
Award Info Published Friday September 25, 2015
Awarded to:
Consultant: Sink Combs Dethlefs Architecture, Chicago, IL
Amount: An estimated $200,000
Section/Division: Design (Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 5)
An estimated start date of 10/26/2015 through 6/30/2018
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 5
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 Thursday April 30, 2015
Addendum #1 has posted. See attached file:


First published Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Project Description
Illinois State University is seeking statements of qualifications from architects and engineers to perform design work for constructing an Outdoor Activity Center and a High Ropes Course at the recreation field complex on Gregory Street. As Campus Recreation continues to offer expanded programs and opportunities to Illinois State University students, they need to continue to improve their facilities to enhance their services.

This proposed project is essential to the continuing wellness opportunities for students. The Outdoor Center will provide a site for students to be able to check out and use recreational equipment, ranging from baseballs to tents. The facility also allows Campus Recreation staff to properly monitor, clean, repair and identify for replacement the inventory of equipment. The facility will also include a meeting room for training individuals and organizing activities. A part of the equipment inventory is the canoe rental operation. This function requires protected storage of the canoes as well as a secure �??pen�?? for pick up and drop off. The High Ropes Course and accompanying pavilion will be used recreationally and for team building exercises in a safe and monitored environment. And with any function, a modest amount of parking will be required to accommodate participants.

The scope of design work includes, but may not be limited to:

1.Engage an A/E firm to design an Outdoor Center that will include:

a.Equipment check out area with office space

b.Equipment storage/cleaning area

c.Meeting room



2.Provide design for a High Ropes Challenge Course, with lighting

3.Provide a design for a canoe storage pen, with lighting

4.Provide a design for a gravel parking lot, with lighting

5.Prepare plans and specifications for said improvements and upgrades.

Design firms interested in submitting their qualifications should have demonstrated knowledge and experience with these types of recreation support projects. This work is estimated to be approximately $2,000,000. The architects and their consultants will be responsible for developing a complete project budget as their design progresses.

Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Friday May 15, 2015:

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 - Tom Sestak
Only those firms which meet the following qualifications will be considered:
  • Submitted 2 copies of their qualifications.
  • 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 no BEP goal for this procurement.
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
  • QBS051515ad.pdf (39 KB)
  • QBS051515add01.pdf (23 KB)
Other Public Documents
  • Forms_A_15_1.docx (102 KB)
  • Forms_B_15_1.docx (32 KB)