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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northeastern Illinois University
QBS #RFI-BuildingC
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Architectural/Engineering Services
First published Friday, August 17, 2001
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Monday September 10, 2001:

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

Project Description
Respondent will remodel the six story Building C constructed in 1961 to include replacing the exterior floor to ceiling aluminum frame window wall, abating and replacing asbestos containing ceiling and floor materials, office partition modifications, as well as replacing the H.V.A.C. system and light fixtures. This project also includes replacement of the Building C and Building H fire alarm systems and installing a dry standpipe in Building C. Office modifications require space planning for about 40% of the total building, and will require reconfiguring some existing office partitions to reflect changes in space assignments. H.V.A.C. system replacement consists of replacing the supply/return ventilation fans, VAV boxes, and temperature controls while utilizing the existing duct risers. Additional zoning will be required as will replacement of all other controls of the building air distribution system. The estimated project cost is $5,300,000.

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. Contract offered will be Capital Development Board (CDB) standard Professional Services Agreement and will be subject to the policies and procedures of CDB's Centralized Fee Negotiation Process. Contract will be between CDB and the successful candidate with services provided on behalf of NEIU. Contract may be awarded incrementally. Initial contract will be for the Ppogram analysis and preliminary design phase only. This will include developing and organizing space requirements and performing functional and economic analysis. Services shall also include a final report for the selected solution, including supporting data, schematic plans, preliminary energy analysis, and a preliminary cost estimate. Project construction is expected to begin August 2002.

Three copies of CDB Standard Form 255 (current edition) must be received no later than 2:00 p.m., local time, September 10, 2001 in the Purchasing Department, Room D104, Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 North St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699.

All information must be submitted on the CDB Standard Form 255 current edition (1 July 99). Additional pages are not necessary. See CDB website 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. Questions regarding this RFI may be directed to: Susan Zoltek, Purchasing Department, 773/442-5307 or e-mail her at the address stated below.

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 should have experience in remodeling and constructing office buildings, with a minimum of three projects valued at 3 million dollars 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/PBE 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:
Susan Zoltek
Selection will be consistent with the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act (30 ILCS 535/1).

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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