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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Emergency Award #VLH140

Announcement of an Emergency Award/Quick Purchase

Emergency Extension
Published Thursday January 12, 2023
Vendor: Vargas Group
Extension Amount: $713,530
Extended to: 1/30/2023 through 6/30/2023
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), Engineering Research Facility (648), and 2242 West Harrison Street (980). 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.

The Hearing date for this extension has been scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2023 9:30 AM-10:00 AM Central Time.

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The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Change Order
Published Wednesday October 26, 2022
Vendor: Vargas Group
Change Order Amount: $0
Amount: An estimated $428,118 BEP [100%/$428,118]

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

Award Info Awarded Wednesday October 19, 2022

Vargas GroupCHICAGO, IL

  • Amount: An estimated $428,118
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 11/1/2022 through 1/29/2023
  • Renewals: None



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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.

First published Wednesday, October 19, 2022
The University awarded a contract for Custodial and Environmental Cleaning Services.
This emergency/quick purchase was required due to a situation in which public health or safety was threatened.
The University is experiencing a staffing shortage of building service workers, who provide custodial and environmental cleaning services 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 disinfection services. This situation means that 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 personnel to clean these buildings while the University works towards issuing an award for custodial services via RFP #IDM631. The response period for RFP #IDM631 has ended, and the University is reviewing responsive submissions. Upon award of this competitive solicitation and execution of a resulting contract the University will no longer experience conditions that necessitate an emergency purchase. This emergency purchase serves as a gap stop to ensure custodial and environmental cleaning services on campus continue.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Vernell Hammons
UIC Purchasing and Contract Management
809 S. Marshfield Ave.
3rd floor (MC 560)
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 996-3409
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
  • VLH140Vargas_EmergencyPurchaseStatement_10-14-22.pdf (514 KB)
Extension Justification
  • VLH140Vargas_EmergencyExtension1-11-23.pdf (498 KB)