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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northeastern Illinois University

Request for Proposal: Science Building Modernization

This solicitation will not be awarded
Published Friday September 14, 2001
This request is hereby cancelled until further notice.
First published Friday September 14, 2001
Sealed responses will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Tuesday October 2, 2001:
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 is seeking architectural/engineering services for the following project: Science Building Modernization consisting of modernizing laboratories and classrooms in the University's Science Building to reflect current programming requirements. The three-story Science Building is 143,670 GSF and was constructed in 1972. This project includes replacing or removing fixed student and teaching stations in the specialized laboratories and related prep rooms based on analysis of need and functionality. Laboratories to remain will be modernized with new student and teaching stations consistent with current science and teaching technologies. Laboratories that are no longer required will be converted to general classroom space and those along with existing classrooms will be retrofitted based on current teaching practices. The HVAC system, including all laboratory exhaust hoods, will be replaced with new equipment and controls. This retrofit will ensure occupant safety, maintain compliance with current regulations, improve occupant comfort and energy efficiency, and provide flexibility for future change. The air handling system will be converted from a constant supply to a variable volume supply system. Variable drives will be installed on all main supply and return fans and exhaust hood fans and all mixing boxes will be replaced. Controls will be added connecting the new mixing boxes with the existing exhaust hoods, allowing the air supply to each room to be provided in proportion to the amount of air expended by the exhaust hoods.

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 offered will be between NEIU and the successful candidate for program analysis and preliminary design phase only. This will include developing and organizing space requirements and performing functional and economic analysis for desired functions in the Science Building. Services shall also include a final report for the selected solution, including supporting data, schematic plans, preliminary energy analysis, and a preliminary cost estimate. Primary Contract will be offered after the successful completion of the initial contract and will be a Capital Development Board (CDB) standard Professional Services Agreement that 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.

The estimated project cost is:

  • General Construction - $882,700;
  • Mechanical Construction: $2,021,400.

  • DEADLINE: Four (4) copies of submittals must be received no later than 2:00 p.m. local time, October 2, 2001 in the
    Northeastern Illinois University Purchasing Department
    Room D-104
    5500 N. 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. (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. Joint venture submittals 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, Northeastern Illinois University, Purchasing Department, 773-442-5037 or email at

    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 scope of work. Firms and their consultants should have experience in remodeling and constructing University science laboratory teaching spaces, with a minimum of three projects valued at 2 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 assign'ed 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

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