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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #056JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award InfoPublished Tuesday July 24, 2012
Awarded to:
Vendor: Solar Turbines Inc., San Diego, CA
Amount: An estimated $6,557,000
An estimated start date of 7/1/2012 through 6/30/2017, 60 months
A 5-year service agreement effectively spreads the cost of potential turbine replacements over a longer period thus reducing the per year cost of this service agreement. A full turbine replacement outside of a service agreement can cost up to $1.8M. Spreading this potential replacement cost over a shorter 1, 2, or 3 year period would cost the University significantly more for the same coverage. During the last thirteen years, Solar, Inc. has been the only vendor capable of providing the expert services outlined above and below along with the availability of an exchange fleet of turbines and gearboxes. Solar's copyrights exclude other manufacturers from designing and building identical turbines and associated parts that would be functional within the turbine/generator package. Solar has been and is the only vendor capable of providing this program along with maintaining this exchange fleet for its customers which is essential for the required steam service to UIC's Hospital and Medical Center.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Friday, June 8, 2012
The University awarded a contract for extended service for three Solar Turbines to Solar Turbines Inc., San Diego, CA, for an estimated $6,557,000.
An extended service agreement from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for three (3) Solar brand Taurus 70 combustion turbine generators located at the UIC Power Plant. The five-year (60 month) extended service agreement covers repair service and replacement of turbines.
This purchase is only economically available from a single source because the item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent. Solar Turbines Inc. is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and is the only firm that provides the engineering expertise, factory trained personnel, required response time, essential tools, components, and equipment unique to maintaining and repairing this equipment, and full warranty (repair and replacement) of entire turbines.

For additional information, contact:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055

A public hearing will be held at which interested parties may testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing panel will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. Interested parties wishing to comment for or against the determination may do so in writing or in person. If you wish to testify, prior registration is requested to ensure adequate time is allowed for all parties.

June 27, 2012
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 349C
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you wish to testify in person, a university location may be made available upon request. Please contact the Hearing Contact listed below.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Jenny Shourd
Phone:(217) 524-7020
Additional Information: State Procurement Officer Shirley Webb
Date, time, and location are subject to change. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
June 25, 2012
Register with:
Jenny Shourd
Phone:(217) 524-7020

Written comments may be submitted in lieu of or in addition to oral testimony. All such comments shall be considered public record and open to review by the public. Written comments must be received no later than June 25, 2012.

Any party who wishes to testify must register in advance to guarantee an opportunity to testify. Individuals who have not registered in advance may be heard, time permitting, at the discretion of the Hearing Officer. An individual will be heard only once on a particular item.

Proceedings from the meeting will be available for download following the hearing date.

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

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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Sole Source Justification
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