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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
QBS #698-703-03
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): C Student Residence Hall-Feasibility/Site Studies
First published Tuesday, April 1, 2003
Project Description
The University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking an architect to help in determining the feasibility and preliminary design for a new student residential facility of approximately 85,000 GSF on the South Campus Development. 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 shall make appropriate recommendations to meet the budget. In no case, however, can the budget be exceeded nor the bed count and bed revenue be reduced.

A second element of the feasibility study is to determine how this project will fit onto the site and relate to a future academic building(s). The sites to be analyzed is the block known as Academic Super Block 1, bounded by Roosevelt Road, Halsted Street, relocated O'Brien Street and Union Street. In order to assure the accuracy of the feasibility study, the architect shall develop preliminary design drawings including floor plans, elevations, site plans, perspectives and must take into consideration how this facility might be integrated with or accommodate future academic development on the site in the long term, and how the balance of the preserved site should be treated in the short term. The successful design will be both award-worthy and respectful of the existing South Campus and Campus fabric. The program for the residence hall includes of total of 260 beds, dining facility, laundry facility, multi-purpose rooms, and various other public spaces.

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 plans, site plan graphics, and budget.

The initial commission will be limited to the preparation of the feasibility study. Should the project proceed, the retained architect would be considered for completion of the balance of the project.
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Thursday April 17, 2003:

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration
University of Illinois at Chicago
Attention: James S. Gimpel, FAIA
1140 S. Paulina
Chicago, IL 60612

Architect/Engineer Submittals
Firms should submit 6 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 6/25/02)
  • 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 bedComparison of examples budget at concept, budget at construction, final budget at closeout
Change order analysis

For additional information, contact:

The University Office for Facilities Planning and Programs website at:

Architect/Engineer Minimum Qualifications

  • 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, see the UOCP Website.

(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).

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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