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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northeastern Illinois University
QBS #00-0000-1004

Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): NEIU Fire Alarm System Improvements

Award Info
Published Friday July 28, 2006
Awarded to:
Consultant:  Schrimer Engineering, Deerfield, IL
Amount:  $71,904
Terms:   One-time transaction
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.
First published Thursday April 13, 2006
Project Description
Northeastern Illinois University, in accordance with Public Act 87-673, is seeking professional architectural and engineering firms interested in providing services for the NEIU Fire Alarm System Improvements, Project No. 00-0000-1004 at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60625.

This project provides improvements to the fire alarm systems in various NEIU buildings. Major improvements are required in the Physical Education Building on the NEIU main campus at 5500 N. St. Louis Ave. Chicago, IL, and at the Caruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS). at 700 E. Oakwood Blvd. Chicago, IL. The existing fire alarm systems in these buildings, 117,360 gsf and 65,070 gsf respectively, require modifications to meet the City of Chicago code requirements for a Class 1 system. Minor improvements include updating existing systems in other buildings as fully addressable systems.
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Thursday May 4, 2006:
Purchasing Department
Building C, 4th Floor
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
The scope of professional services consists of Program Analysis, Design, Bid Document Preparation, Bidding Assistance, and Construction Administration. Related commissioning services are to be provided during the appropriate phases. It is the intent to award contracts on an incremental basis by phase or phases. Initial contract will be for the programming and preliminary design phases only. This will include developing and organizing requirements and performing functional and economic analysis. Services shall also include a final report for the selected solution, including supporting data, schematic plans, and a preliminary cost estimate.
Estimated Project Cost
The current estimate for major project construction is $150,000, excluding architectural and engineering services. This total is based, in many cases, on anticipated equipment usage that likely will change as a result of Program Analysis and Schematic Design Phase.
Four copies of submittals must be received no later than 2 pm local time, 4 May 2006 in the Northeastern Illinois University Purchasing Department, 5500 North St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699. All information received must be submitted on the CDB Standard Form 255 current edition (July03), additional pages are not necessary. See CDB web page at (see Reference Library). Do not use binders. Any incorrect, incomplete or misleading information given on the CDB 255 Form may result in the rejection of a submittal. The number of individuals licensed in Illinois is of significant importance. Submittals by a joint venture will not be considered. There will be no time extensions of the deadline and submittals may not be faxed. Questions regarding this RFI may be directed to: Robert McKenney, Northeastern Illinois University, Purchasing Department, telephone 773 442-5305.
Requirements and Related Information
Firms and their preferred consultants must be prequalified with the State of Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) in the required areas of the scope of work. However, this project will not be administered by the Capital Development Board and all contracts will be with Northeastern Illinois University. Firms and their consultants must have experience in design, preparation of bid documents and construction administration for up dating a fire alarm system in an existing Assembly Class C3 Type II School occupancy, with a minimum of three projects within the last six years, each at a minimum of 50,000 gsf. Firms should have experience with public institutional clients, construction in the City of Chicago, and be prepared to develop a commissioning program. Selection of design firms is based on the firm's professional qualifications and experience, and the expertise of key personnel to be assigned to the project. Consideration is also given to ability to complete the work in the time required, existing workload, extent of work that must be subcontracted, the proposed method of accomplishing the project objectives and past performance. Northeastern Illinois University strongly encourages MBE/FBE firms to apply for selection as the contracting A/E or to seek participation in working as a consultant with another firm.
For additional information, contact:
Robert McKenney
Phone: (773) 442-5305
FAX: (773) 442-5314
Only those firms which meet the following qualifications will be considered:
  • Submitted 3 copies of their qualifications.
  • Licensed to practice as an architect, landscape architect, or engineer in the State of Illinois.
  • Pre-qualified with the State of Illinois Capital Development Board.
  • Registered and authorized to do business in the State of Illinois.
  • Utilize an AutoCAD compatible system to provide documents.
Selection will be consistent with the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act (30 ILCS 535/1).

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