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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #645JMG

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Thursday March 18, 2021

Startel CorporationIrvine, CA

  • Amount: An estimated $218,709
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 3/15/2021 through 6/30/2022, 15 months
  • Renewals: 3 one-year
  • Potential Future Renewals: $75,493.50



1 total
0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

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 Monday March 15, 2021
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, March 2, 2021
The University awarded a contract for Upgrade the contact mgmt. center & soft switch to Startel Corporation, Irvine, CA, for an estimated $218,709.
An upgrade to the existing Startel Emergency system equipment is critical to the needs of campus security. The system provides a direct, two way emergency communication from the calling unit to either the University Police or the Campus Parking Services main office. This PBX system presently is comprised of nearly 1650 operating units. It includes outdoor emergency kiosks, indoor emergency calling units for elevator and washrooms and parking assist units (PAUs), which are located at the entrances and exits of surface parking lots and structures. The installation of these units has evolved over the past 5 years due to the expansion of the campus and the increased need and demand for campus security and services. These emergency systems that are located throughout the campus provide for improved safety, communication and service to the students, faculty, staff and the general public. Due to the age of the current system replacement parts are no longer being produced or have limited support. System upgrade is the only viable option to keep future reliability. We also are nearing system capacity, an upgrade will be the only option to expand.

The university, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is Startel, Inc. The university has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form.

Although the university has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university's need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.

All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.
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 instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Janielle Graham
809 S. Marshfield Ave.
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 413-2816
FAX: (312) 996-3135
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury

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.

Hearing Details

March 17, 2021
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327
Additional Information: All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.
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:
March 12, 2021
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327

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
  • 645JMG.pdf (769 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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Conflict of Interest Document
  • 645JMGConflictofInterest.pdf (69 KB)