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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #669JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday April 7, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Aquaneering Inc, San Diego, CA
Amount: An estimated $85,976
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 Monday April 4, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Aaron M. Finder.
First published Friday, March 18, 2016
The University awarded a contract for relocation & expansion of aquatic research unit to Aquaneering Inc, San Diego, CA, for an estimated $85,976.
Aquaneering will refurbishment, relocation, and expansion of existing zebrafish aquatic housing in the Department of Pharmacology.

In 2013 Pharmacology had acquired Aquaneering's water and filtration system from Northwestern University Medical consisting of : 5 single-sided shelf racks with central Filtration system. monitoring system and alarm system along with fifty "Crossing" tanks. This system original cost to Northwestern was $ 77,919. The 2013 Aquaneering system relocation to UIC cost $ 14, 145. Since then UIC's Pharmacology has invested another $ 50k in parts and ongoing servicing.

The requested purchase will culminate after a four month part by part inspection period that Pharmacology and Aquaneering conducted. That inspection period determined what can still be used, and what needs to be repaired or replaced. As Aquaneering built the original system, they are the only vendor that could provide this service.

In summary, for less than the cost of new system, we are actually increasing our housing capacity by ~5000 adult animals, increasing the throughput of experiments performed by the lab. The renovation and expansion will include additional housing for approximately 15,000 adult zebrafish, as well as dedicated quarantine racks for importing outside zebrafish lines to UIC.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the items are required for research and no other source is able to meet the researcher's documented needs.

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.

April 6, 2016
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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:
April 1, 2016
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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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Sole Source Justification Part 2
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