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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Illinois State University
QBS #QBS080922A

Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): A/E Services - ISU College of Engineering Facility

This notice has been modified
Published Friday July 29, 2022

The attendance log for the voluntary pre-submission meeting held on Thursday, July 28, 2022 is attached. Please see file:


This notice has been modified
Published Thursday July 21, 2022

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


Meeting Zoom links included.

First published Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Project Description

Illinois State University (ISU) is seeking professional architectural, and engineering services from firms who have experience in higher education building design and construction of this typology. ISU is planning two renovation projects to house the new Mechanical, Electrical and General Engineering programs on ISUs campus in Normal, Illinois. ISU has completed a Master Plan and preliminary programming for this project. This program information will be shared with the successful Architecture/Engineering firm upon selection and engagement for this project. Program verification will be required for this engagement.

Architecture/Engineering firms interested in submitting their qualifications should have demonstrated knowledge, experience, and expertise with higher education facilities of this building typology. The project designers and any required sub-consultants will be responsible for developing a design, a total project budget and a schedule for this project.

Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted below until 2:00 PM, Tuesday August 9, 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
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)

NOTICE - A voluntary pre-submission conference call will be held on Thursday, July 28th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

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

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

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 Wednesday, August 3rd, 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
Only those firms which meet the following qualifications will be considered:
  • Submitted 1 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 a 30 percent BEP goal for this procurement. See solicitation documentation for details.
  • The contract(s) for this solicitation could exceed $50,000 annually.
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
  • QBS080922A_ad.pdf (2 MB)
  • QBS080922A_Add01.pdf (147 KB)
Other Public Documents
  • E-BiddingVendorInstructions.pdf (289 KB)
  • Form-B.pdf (1 MB)
  • FormA.pdf (216 KB)
  • Pre-SubmissionAttendanceLog.pdf (113 KB)
  • StateReminders.pdf (312 KB)