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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
QBS #698-702-03

Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Residence Hall Feasibility Study

This solicitation will not be awarded
Published Tuesday August 26, 2003
The project has been cancelled and no consultants were hired for the project.
First published Thursday May 1, 2003
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Friday May 16, 2003:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
207 Henry Administration Building
506 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3684

Project Description
The University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking an architect/engineer to assist in determining the feasibility and preliminary design for a new Living Learning Center of approximately 265,000GSF. The new facility will include an 800 bed student residence area, academic support spaces, library/study area, computer training classroom/lab, tutoring/study rooms, music practice rooms, media studio, student organization space, cable TV office/studio, basement storage/bike room, laundry/vending, auditorium/event center, social space (multi-purpose room) and food service snack bar/caf´┐Ż and other appropriate support spaces as required. Remodeling and expansion of the kitchen area within the existing Chicago Circle Center Building must also be considered.

The new facility will be located across from and connected via enclosed bridge to the existing Student Residence and Commons. The goal of the feasibility study will be to confirm both budget and program, assure that all program elements are sized appropriately, and that the budget is sufficient to complete all elements of the project including hard construction costs, and all soft development costs. Should the program need adjustment to meet the budget the architect/engineer shall make appropriate recommendations to meet the budget. In no case, however, should the budget, once established, be exceeded or the bed count and bed revenue be reduced. A second element of the feasibility study is to determine how this project will integrate with and relate to a currently planned Recreation Center. In order to assure the accuracy of the feasibility study, the architect/engineer shall develop preliminary design drawings (partial schematic design phase) including floor plans, elevations, site plans, perspectives/renderings and must take into consideration how this facility will be integrated with or accommodate the new recreation center on the site. The successful design will be both award-worthy and respectful of the existing campus fabric.

Funding for this facility will be through the issuance of revenue bonds. A final report to support this study's findings of program, budget and site selection shall include preliminary schematic design phase plans, site plan graphics, and budget.

The initial commission will be limited to the preparation of the feasibility study and partial schematic design phase. Should the project proceed, the retained architect would be considered for completion of the balance of the project.

AE Submittals
Firms should submit 7 copies of the following:

  • letter of interest
  • a copy of its CDB prequalification letter
  • 255 form which may be modified to highlight details of appropriately related projects (use CDB SF 255 dated 6/1/02)
  • 5 examples of projects similar to the above with the following details
  • Floor plans, site plans, elevations
    Room/suite plans with square footage
    Analysis of examples construction cost, project cost - per square foot and per bed
    Comparison of examples budget at concept, budget at construction, final budget at closeout
    Change order analysis

Form 255, sections 12 and 13, may be modified to include additional relevant project information. The letter of interest should include information regarding the staffing and licensing of all offices, as well as additional information or description of resources supporting the team's qualifications.

Interested parties should submit qualifications information for both the firm and the specific individuals to be involved in managing the process. Submittals shall be addressed to:
University of Illinois at Chicago
1140 S. Paulina Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60612-7217
ATTN: Ronald G. Giles, Director, A/E Services
Email address:

Submittals must be received by 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2003 to be considered.

Qualification based selection will be consistent with the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act (30 ILCS 535).

Minimum AE Qualifications
Only those firms which meet the following qualifications will be considered for selection:

  • Licensed to practice as an architect in the State of Illinois
  • Prequalified with the State of Illinois Capital Development Board
  • Registered and authorized to do business in the State of Illinois
  • Utilization of AutoCAD compatible system
For project specific criteria, please see the UOCP website mentioned above.

(Submitted by Katharine Kral, State Purchasing Officer.)

Selection will be consistent with the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act (30 ILCS 535/1).

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