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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northeastern Illinois University
RFI #529ucommons

Request for Information: Architect for University Commons Rehabilitation

Award Info
Published Friday August 30, 2002
Awarded to:
Vendor:  SmithGroup JJR, Inc.
Amount:  $45,000
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Bidders: 11
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday May 13, 2002
Sealed responses will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Wednesday May 29, 2002:
Purchasing Department
Building C, 4th Floor
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699

for architectural quality based selection for University Commons Rehabilitation.

In accordance with Public Act 87-673, Northeastern Illinois University is seeking professional design firms interested in providing services for University Commons Rehabilitation. This project is estimated at a total of $600,000 and provides for repairs and site improvements to the major east-west pedestrian circulation corridor on campus. This area requires transformation from the remnants of being a campus perimeter road to the central university pedestrian commons that provides formal and informal outdoor gathering places in an attractively landscaped setting. The work entails removal of existing asphalt pavement, concrete curb and gutter and concrete walkways, adjusting site drainage, and providing hardscape, lighting, landscape and other site amenities that complement the existing campus landscaping and enhance its function as a pedestrian concourse, while still being able to function as a fire lane in the center of campus.

The scope of professional services consists of programming, program analysis, design, bid document preparation, bidding assistance, and construction administration. Related commissioning services are to be provided during appropriate phases. Initial contract will be for the program analysis and preliminary design phase only. This will include developing and organizing space and programmatic requirements and performing a functional and economic analysis. Services will also include a final report for the selected solution, including supporting data, schematic plans, and a preliminary cost estimate. Construction is expected to begin Spring 2003. It is expected that the primary requirement will be for landscape architectural services, with supporting services provided by civil and electrical engineers. Submittals must be received in 3 copies, no later than 2:00 p.m. in the Northeastern Illinois University Purchasing Department, Room D-104, 5500 North St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699. All information must be submitted on the CDB Standard Form 255 current edition (July 1, '99), additional pages are not necessary. See CDB web page at (Forms and Publications). 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. There will be no time extensions of the deadline and submittals may not be faxed. Questions regarding this RFI may be directed to: Susan Zoltek, Northeastern Illinois University, Purchasing Department, telephone: 773/442-5307.

Requirements and Related Information
Firms and their consultants should have experience in remodeling and construction similar outdoor facilities, with a minimum of 3 projects valued at $500,000 each, within the last six years. Firms should have experience with a student/learner centered approach to University planning and be prepared to develop a commissioning program. Selection of design firms is not based on competitive but rather on the firm's professional qualifications, 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, the firm's 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 firm, or to seek participation in working as a consultant with another firm. (Submitted by David Jonaitis, State Purchasing Officer.)

For additional information, contact:
Susan Zoltek

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