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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Illinois State University
QBS #QBS101818
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Watterson Dining Commons Servery Area Upgrades
Award Info Published Tuesday April 30, 2019
Awarded to:
Consultant: Holabird & Root, LLC., Chicago, IL
Amount: An estimated $250,000
Section/Division: . (Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 2)
An estimated start date of 5/15/2019 through 12/30/2022
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 2
See file: QBS101818_submittal_log for a summary of BEP Utilization plans submitted by the candidates.
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 Monday October 15, 2018
A reminder of state requirements has been posted as file:


First published Friday, September 28, 2018
Project Description
Illinois State University is seeking professional architectural and engineering services from firms who have experience in university dining center upgrades.

The Watterson Dining Commons is currently undergoing an $11,000,000 expansion project. This project includes the construction of a two story addition that includes a bakery and a cook/chill production area that serves the dining centers on campus as well as the catering operations.

The University offers dining services to students, faculty, and staff in several locations across the campus. Watterson Dining Commons, a 75,600 square feet facility, was constructed in 1969 as part of the Watterson Towers Residence Halls Complex to provide food service to the residents housed in that complex. The Dining Center was last updated in 2008. Watterson Dining Center sees the highest population of diners from any dining facility on campus. The long hours and high traffic puts much wear and tear on the facility. Over the past several years, maintenance issues with the dining room flooring have come up and continue to be of concern. The flooring material is delaminating from the substructure beneath. All hard surface flooring materials in the currently installed have been discontinued, making patching and repairs difficult. The maintenance concerns, along with the desire to refresh and update the finishes in the space have led to a desire to have a more comprehensive plan for the dining room and food service islands.

Goals for the space include forensic exploration of the delamination issued involving the existing floor, replacement of the flooring with a suitable and durable material and updating the aesthetic of the dining room and server areas. This project will also implement a solution for clearly identifying emergency egress paths to the north and south emergency exits, along with branding of the space.

Planned updates include flooring, walls, and furnishings. New booth seating and freestanding furniture will be incorporated to support the new color scheme for the space. Lighting that has recently been updated is planned to remain and be incorporated into the new finish scheme and supplemented where necessary.

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

As a project funded by the University, the following are required:
? Complete A/E 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) during the entire design process


A voluntary pre-submission conference call will take place October 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM local time. Additional details are available on page 5 ("Notice") of the solicitation document.
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted below until 2:00 PM, Thursday October 18, 2018:
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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