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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Emergency Award #JMG913

Announcement of an Emergency Award/Quick Purchase

Final Amount
Published Tuesday December 6, 2022
Vendor: Vargas Group
Final Amount: $1,481,128

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Emergency Extension
Published Friday December 10, 2021
Vendor: Vargas Group
Extension Amount: $990,413
Extended to: 1/10/2022 through 10/31/2022
The Vendor will provide temporary cleaning, housekeeping, and COVID-19 disinfection services in campus buildings; Science and Engineering Labs East (607), Science and Engineering Labs West (608), Behavioral Sciences Building (618), Science & Engineering South (619), and Engineering Research Facility (648). The Vendor will provide all labor and required equipment to complete the work. The University continues to experience a shortage of Building Service Worker (BSW) staff, which means that buildings have received inadequate levels of service and experience improper levels of sanitation and cleanliness. To correct this situation, we have procured an additional Emergency Award #JMG917 and the University is actively pursuing a competitive solicitation for housekeeping services that will provide enough contracted BSWs to correct the staffing shortage. A complete draft of the solicitation (IDM631) is pending final review by the University, after which it will be sent to the State Purchasing Officer for review. Upon award of this competitive solicitation and execution of a resulting contract the University will no longer experience conditions that necessitated the emergency purchase.

Hearing Information: Wednesday, January 5, 2022 10:30 AM | (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) | 1 hr

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

Award Info Awarded Monday October 11, 2021

Vargas GroupChicago, IL

  • Amount: An estimated $339,571
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 10/11/2021 through 1/9/2022
  • Renewals: None



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

First published Thursday, October 7, 2021
The University awarded a contract for temporary cleaning & housekeeping services.
This emergency/quick purchase was required due to a situation in which public health or safety was threatened.
Executive Order 2021-20 issued on August 26, 2021 imposes COVID-19 vaccination requirements for "Higher Education Personnel". Approximately thirty (30) building service workers are non-compliant with this order and are therefore ineligible to work on campus. Our current vendor Southwest Service Corporation (SSC (E&I/IPHEC vendor), does not have the staff to meet the University needs for temporary cleaning, housekeeping, and COVID-19 disinfection services. This situation means that five campus buildings do not have personnel available to provide cleaning and disinfection services - a threat to public health. The vendor Vargas Group is able to provide compliant personnel to clean these buildings while the University seeks a competitive solicitation during the emergency.

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 - Lee Saulter

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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Emergency Purchase Statement
  • JMG913VargasEmergencysigned.pdf (71 KB)
Extension Justification
  • JMG913VargasGroupsignedEmergencyExtension.pdf (498 KB)
Final Costs
  • JMG913VargasEmergencyPurchaseFinalCostandTerm12-5-22.pdf (489 KB)
Other Public Documents
  • UICJMG913CPOSIGNEDEmergencyPurchaseExtension.pdf (689 KB)