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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Illinois State University
QBS #QBS102913
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Old Union Mechanical Improvements
Award Info Published Tuesday May 27, 2014
Awarded to:
Consultant: KJWW, Rock Island, IL
Amount: An estimated $200,000
Section/Division: . (Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 12)
An estimated start date of 6/15/2014 through 12/31/2015
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 12
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 October 24, 2013
Addendum #1 has posted. See attached files:



First published Friday, October 11, 2013
Project Description
Illinois State University is seeking statements of qualifications from engineers and architects to perform engineering design work for mechanical systems improvements in Old Union. Old Union is approximately 50,000 gross square feet in size in a three-story building.

Old Union was constructed in 1956 and originally served as the student union building. Current occupants include the School of Information Technology (departmental offices, classrooms, and labs), the office of Web and Interactive Communications, and the University’s public radio station WGLT.

This proposed project is essential to the continuing use of the building and for providing occupant comfort. It is intended that this facility remains occupied and operational during the construction of this project. However, system outages will be required to facilitate work and scheduled with appropriate ISU staff.

The large air handler in the basement, S-2, and two small air handlers on the third floor, S-6 & S-7, are original to the 1956 building.

Although several areas of the building have been remodeled and changed, no changes were made to the existing air distribution system. Some areas do not have adequate HVAC service. Ceilings in this section of the building have asbestos containing materials in the plaster.

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

1. Engage an A/E firm to design a new HVAC system throughout the west side of the building.

2. Replace the three air handlers and expand HVAC service to the un-serviced parts of the 2nd and 3rd floors.

3. Prepare plans and specifications to replace the air handlers and install new ductwork as needed.

4. Prepare plans and specifications for a new building automation control system replacing pneumatic controls. New DDC system to include additional sensors to provide much closer environmental control.

5. Remove existing window air conditioning units and make all required changes to windows and building envelope to restore architecturally appropriate window installation.

6. The University will be responsible for asbestos removal once the full scope of the Mechanical Improvements have been determined. The firm engaged for the Mechanical Improvements will be responsible for the design of all replacement materials necessary as a result of the asbestos removal. Design firms interested in submitting their qualifications should have demonstrated knowledge and experience with mechanical renovation projects that include electrical, controls, and architectural work in historic structures. No project costs have been established for this project at this time. The engineers 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, Tuesday October 29, 2013:

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) 438-7611
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
  • QBS102913acknowledgmentUpdated.pdf (11 KB)
  • QBS102913ad.pdf (123 KB)
  • QBS102913add01.pdf (102 KB)