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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #683IDM

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Tuesday February 1, 2022

Benco DentalPittston, PA

  • Amount: An estimated $287,382
  • Terms: One-time transaction



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The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

The hearing has been modified
Published Tuesday February 1, 2022
Please find attached the sole source hearing determination from the CPO.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.
The hearing has been modified
Published Tuesday January 4, 2022
The hearing date has been changed to January 12, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.
First published Tuesday, December 21, 2021
The University awarded a contract for specialized Dental cabinetry to Benco Dental, Pittston, PA, for an estimated $287,382.
Dental supplies and equipment to allow for the construction of a 6-operatory dental clinic in the Auburn Gresham community. This will be part of a larger Mile Square Health Center site that will also include medical and behavioral health services. The supplies and equipment will be covered by a combination of HRSA capital grants, the Weinberg Foundation, and the University. The university will be contributing $300,000 as part of a pledge from the Chancellor's office for the total buildout. $120,521of those funds are dedicated for specialized dental equipment. The dental millwork will be covered by the HRSA funds.

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 Benco Dental. 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 - Sharon Ferguson

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

January 5, 2022
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone: (217) 993-2327
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:
December 31, 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
  • 683IDMBencoDental.pdf (371 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 683IDMPartII.pdf (174 KB)
  • UIC683JDMSSDetermination.pdf (2 MB)