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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #375JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Wednesday June 11, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Beckman Coulter Inc., Brea, CA
Amount: An estimated $79,662
Terms:  One-time transaction
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Thursday May 29, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Friday, May 9, 2014
The University awarded a contract for Beckman Coulter Ultracentrifuge & Rotors to Beckman Coulter Inc., Brea, CA, for an estimated $79,662.
The Physiology and Biophysics Department’s current Beckman Coulter ultracentrifuge unit (purchased twenty-years ago) is obsolete and several parts are no longer available to repair the unit. Additionally, there are a variety of rotors (accessories needed to hold samples for spinning in the unit) for specific speeds, sample sizes, and sample types which would be able to only be used on a new ultracentrifuge unit from the same company (Rotors are manufactured based upon researchers specifications). Over the past two decades there have been seventeen (17) specially manufactured compatible rotors purchased from Beckman Coulter.

This is an economically feasible source request as the compatibiltiy with the seventeen (17) existing rotors at an estimated value of $ 425,000 is critical for operational success. The requested Ultracentrifuge purchase is also the only option due to the current economics and restricted budget. Since this will be used by multiple laboratories/researchers within the department, this unit has the ability to create 50 individual users/passwords, logging of rotors by serial number to track usage for maintenance, and up to 1,000 user-defined programs with 30-step programming.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration.

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
State Purchasing Officer - Shirley Webb

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to 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 officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

May 28, 2014
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

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

Hearing Contact:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
May 23, 2014
Register with:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407

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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