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Northeastern Illinois University
QBS #QBS61-0000-1007
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): University Disaster Recovery Facility
Award InfoPublished Friday September 11, 2009
Awarded to:
Consultant: Folgers Architects Limited, Chicago, IL
Amount: An estimated $150,000
An estimated start date of 10/1/2009 through 3/31/2011
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 13
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday, March 23, 2009
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 10:00 AM, Wednesday April 8, 2009:

Purchasing Department
Building C, 4th Floor
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699

Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): UNIVERSITY DISASTER RECOVERY FACILITY, Project No. 61-0000-1007

Northeastern Illinois University, in accordance with Public Act 87-673, is seeking professional architectural and engineering firms interested in providing services for a UNIVERSITY DISASTER RECOVERY FACILITY, Project No. 61-0000-1007 for Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60625.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This project consists of architectural, mechanical, electrical, and fire suppression improvements to create a University Disaster Recovery Facility of approximately 350 sf in the Caruthers Center for Inner City Studies Building at 700 East Oakwood Blvd. in Chicago.

The work includes identifying the most functional and cost effective location in the building to house servers, switches, hubs and an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) System to serve computer network and distributed services equipment. The capacity of the UPS system shall support an equipment load of more than 20KVA with a future growth capacity of at least 30%.

This project also includes evaluation and modifications for additional ventilation, cooling capacity, and dust control as needed. Also to be evaluated and addressed are architectural features including ADA accessibility, room security, fire suppression systems that will minimize equipment damage, cable management and other related issues based on applicable codes, industry insurance requirements, and best computer room practices. This project includes design and routing of data and telecommunication needs into and out of the building. This project does not include design or installation of computer equipment and furniture.

SERVICES: The scope of professional services consists of Program Analysis, Site Analysis, Design Development, 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 Program Analysis, Site Analysis, and Design Development 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, definitive plans, and a preliminary cost estimate.

ESTIMATED PROJECT COST: The cost estimate for project construction will be determined during preliminary design.

SUBMISSION: Submittals will be accepted until 10:00 AM local time, April 8, 2009 at:

Purchasing Department Northeastern Illinois University 5500 North Saint Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625-4699

Provide four copies of the submittal. All information received must be submitted on the CDB Standard Form 255 current edition (rev May07), additional pages are not necessary. See CDB web page at (see Reference Library). 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. Technical questions regarding this QBS may be directed to Gary Bryan, Northeastern Illinois University, Facilities Management, telephone 773 442-5230.

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 programming, remodeling and constructing computer room facilities, with a minimum of three projects within the last six years, each valued at a minimum of $250,000. 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, 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 A/E or to seek participation in working as a consultant with another firm.

STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS CERTIFICATION: This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971. A Certificate of Registration MUST accompany your proposal in order to be considered. Visit for more information.

For additional information, contact:
Robert Filipp
Phone: (773) 442-5308
FAX: (773) 442-5314
Only those firms which meet the following qualifications will be considered:
  • Submitted 4 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.
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.

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