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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northeastern Illinois University
QBS #R42756

Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Science Building Modernization

Award Info
Published Monday February 14, 2005
Awarded to:
Consultant:  LCM Architects,LLC
Amount:  $285,000
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 23
LCM Architects was selected to provide program analysis and schematic design services for the repair and modernization of the University Science Building. LCM was selected out of four firms interviewed in accordance with the provisions of the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) Act.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday May 17, 2004
Project Description
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 10:00 AM, Friday June 4, 2004:
Purchasing Department
Building C, 4th Floor
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625-4699

for Science Building Modernization.

Northeastern Illinois University, in accordance with Public Act 87-673, is seeking professional architectural and engineering firms interested in providing services for the Science Building Modernization at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois 60625.

Project Description
Thisis project will provide a multi-year series of design and construction contracts to repair and modernize the University Science Building, a three-story, 143,670 GSF building that was constructed in 1972. The Science Building includes general and specialized classrooms and laboratories for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as offices and administrative support space for faculty, students and staff. This project will be funded from multiple funding sources, several of which are currently available; and will result in the need to prioritize and sequence construction for the various components of the overall project.

Specific areas of interest include replacing or removing fixed student and teaching stations in the specialized laboratories and related prep rooms based on analysis of need and functionality. Laboratories will be modernized with new student and teaching stations consistent with current science and teaching pedagogies. If any laboratories are determined to be no longer required, they will be converted to other uses. Converted and existing classrooms will be retrofitted to enhance teaching and learning. The HVAC system, including all laboratory exhaust hoods, will be replaced with new equipment and controls. This HVAC retrofit needs to ensure occupant safety, maintain compliance with current regulations, improve occupant comfort and energy efficiency, and provide flexibility for future change. Lighting will be evaluated for better effectiveness and energy efficiency. Student and support space will also be examined for enhancements to better facilitate student interaction and learning.

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, with some of the construction utilizing University funds and other construction utilizing Capital funds, administered by the Illinois Capital Development Board. Initial contract will be between NEIU and the successful candidate for the Program Analysis and Schematic Design Phase only. This will include teaming with the University committee to develop and organize space requirements and perform functional and economic analysis for arrangement of desired functions and modifications within the Science Building. Services shall also include a final report for the selected solutions, including supporting data, schematic plans, preliminary energy analysis, and preliminary cost estimates for various project components.

Estimated Project Cost
The current estimate for project construction is $6.5 million, excluding architectural and engineering services. This total is based, in many cases, on current room usages that likely will change as a result of Program Analysis and Schematic Design Phase.

Four copies of submittals must be received no later than 10:00 AM local time, June 4, 2004 in the Northeastern Illinois University Purchasing Department, Bernard Office Building, 5500 North St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699. All information received must be submitted on the CDB Standard Form 255 current edition (1July99), 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. 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 RFI may be directed to the Project Manager: Mr. Gary Bryan, Northeastern Illinois University, Facilities Management Department, 773 442-5230. Purchasing uestions regarding this RFI may be directed to: Mr. Robert Filipp, Northeastern Illinois University, Purchasing Department, telephone 773 442-5308.

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. Firms and their consultants must have experience in programming, remodeling and constructing University science laboratory teaching spaces in consultation with faculty members. This experience should include a minimum of three projects within the last six years, each valued at a minimum of $2.0 million. 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 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.

(Submitted by David Jonaitis, State Purchasing Officer.)

For additional information, contact:
Robert Filipp
Phone: (773) 442-5308
FAX: (773) 442-5314
Selection will be consistent with the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act (30 ILCS 535/1).

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