Consultant: SmithGroup JJR, Inc.
Amendment Amount: $16,334
Northeastern Illinois University entered into a A/E Professional Services agreement with SmithGroupJJR on May 29, 2015 for a Detention Basin Expansion Project. The agreement included a final completion date of January 8, 2016.
Smith completed the initial work of obtaining permits and of designing the architectural plans for the Basin project. NEIU paid $49,053.60 to Smith for the initial design/permit work. The remaining work on the NEIU contract for Smith (approximately $23,666) was to oversee and provide site visits for the construction of the Basin once the general contractor began its work.
In FY 16 and FY 17, the State of Illinois was unable to effectuate a budget for state agencies and universities. As a result, many contracts that were in effect in July 2015 were put on hold or stayed, pending finalization of a budget. NEIU attempted to continue on with the Basin project as it was paid for with non-appropriated/university funds, but in January 2016 Smith was notified the NEIU contract was on hold due to the impasse.
NEIU now seeks to move forward with the completion of the Basin project. Smith has estimated that approximately $40,000 more will be needed in addition to what it has been paid ($49,053.60) for it to complete its work (total $89,053.60, which is approximately $16,334 more than the original contract amount of $72,720). The remaining work is to pay for a storm water review required by city officials (approximately $8,000), update the plans, and provide site supervision once construction of the project begins.
NEIU has determined that it is in the best interest of the State to contract with SmithGroupJJR to complete the A/E services.
The buyer for this procurement is now Victoria Santiago, (773) 442-5301.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Margaret van Dijk.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.