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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bid #BA04C46

Invitation for Construction Bid: Safety Code Upgrade

Award Info
Published Thursday April 21, 2005
Awarded to:
Contractor:  Multiple contractors:
  • Broeren Russo Construction - Champaign, IL ($675,000 for Division I - General Work)
  • Coleman Electrical Services - Mansfield, IL ($353,812 for Division V - Electrical Work)
  • Fire Suppression Systems - Champaign, IL ($572,680 for Division VI - Sprinkler Work)

Amount:  A total of $1,601,492
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Bidders: 3
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday March 21, 2005
Sealed bids will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Tuesday April 5, 2005:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
207 Henry Administration Building
506 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3684

The Board of Trustees of U of Illinois Facilities Planning and Programs hereby requests sealed bids for construction work on the the Housing Life Safety Code 2000 Fire Alarm Upgrade & Highrise Sprinkler Phase I project at the Urbana, IL project.

Project Description
This project will upgrade the existing fire alarm system in Oglesby Hall and the FAR Food Service Building. Upgrades shall include relocating and adding notification appliances, installing new initiation devices where required, installing new amplifiers, upgrading the existing voice/alarm panel to a new MXLV Voice Alarm panel, and upgrading the existing XL3 control panel to a new MXL control panel. Install a full sprinkler system in Oglesby Hall and the FAR Food Service Building with a soffit being built to conceal the sprinkler in the student rooms.

The project also includes alternate bids to replace the Oglesby Hall 12th floor corridor ceilings and lighting, install additional lighting in the Oglesby Hall corridors, upgrade the flooring and paint the corridors and elevator/stair lobbies, paint the dorm rooms, upgrade the elevator cab finishes, and replace the corridor doors.

The Contractor will ONLY have access to the site for construction as follows: Start May 16, 2005 - Substantial Completion - August 5, 2005

The project includes a project labor agreement that will be executed between the lowest responsive/responsible bidder and the East Central Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council. A copy of the project labor agreement is included in the project bid documents, General Project Requirements.

Bid Document Sources
Bid documents have been prepared by Clark-Dietz, Inc., the professional services consultant. The bid documents may be obtained from Dean's Superior Blueprint, 404 E. University Ave., Champaign, IL 61820, (217) 359-3261 by depositing a check in the amount of $50 for each set, payable to the professional services consultant.

Bid Document Review Sets
For the convenience of bidders, complete sets of bid documents will be on file at:

F.W. Dodge Corp.
Suite 1B East
421 S. Grand Ave. West
Springfield, IL 62704

F.W. Dodge Corp.
McGraw-Hill Building
6330 Knox Industrial Drive
St. Louis, MO 63139

Greater Peoria Contractors & Suppliers Association
1811 W. Altorfer Dr.
Peoria, IL 61615

Reed Construction Market Data
665 Craig Road, Suite 225
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Dodge Plan Room Downers Grove
1411 Opus Place, Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Each bidder shall prequalify with the owner in accordance with the General Instructions to Bidders (Document 00200).

All bidders shall be prequalified with the owner. New bidders that are not prequalified shall prequalify using the owner's web-based Contractor Annual Prequalification System (CAPS)-

The project will be administered using the owner's web-based project management system. PRZM was developed to maximize the potential of the Internet in allowing project team members to access and exchange project information. PRZM supports team collaboration in management and interaction, as well as team member empowerment on a multi-layer security system.

Minimum user requirements are as follows:

  • Personal Computer: Microprocessor speed of 100mhz or higher, 32Mb RAM, and a monitor capable of at least 800 x 600 pixel resolution.
  • Internet Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.0 or higher is recommended.
  • E-mail: PRZM requires the user to have a valid e-mail account.
  • Software: At various stages of PRZM, users will be required to attach their documents to PRZM.
  • Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) viewer
Bid Dates
Bids for Divisions V through VI work will be received up to the hour of 10:00 a.m. prevailing time, on April 5, 2005. Bids for Division I work will be received up to the hour of 2:00 p.m. prevailing time, on April 5, 2005. The owner shall assign the contracts for Contract Divisions V and VI Work to the Contract Division I (General Contractor) in accordance with Article 6.2 of the General Conditions. (Refer to Articles 6.2 and 15 of the General Conditions for requirements concerning assignments of contracts.) Submit all proposals to the owner at:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
c/o Facilities & Services
1501 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Atten: Ed Scopel (

Bid Opening
Immediately after the closing time for receiving bids, all proposals will be publicly opened, read, and tabulated in Room 128, Physical Plant Services Building, 1501 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820. Noted errors, omissions and defects will be announced. Bids received after closing time will be returned unopened. The public opening and reading is for information only and is not construed as acceptance or rejection of any bid.

Bid Acceptance or Rejection
The owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids or any part thereof, to waive any informalities in the bidding, and to accept the bids deemed to be in the best interests of the owner after all bids have been examined and evaluated.

Statutory Requirements
The successful bidder will be required to comply with all laws, statutes, regulations, ordinances, rulings or enactments of any governmental authority that are applicable to the work or to the project. The successful bidder shall pay prevailing wages and shall utilize equal employment opportunity hiring practices in connection with this project.

Bids will be received up to the hour of 2:00 PM local time, on Tuesday, April 5, 2005. Immediately after closing time for receiving bids, they will be opened publicly and read.

Pre-Bid Meeting
A pre-bid meeting will be held in Trelease Building Lounge, 901 College Court, Urbana, IL 61801, Florida Avenue Residence Hall at 2:30 p.m. prevailing time on March 29, 2005. Representatives of the owner and the professional services consultant will be present to answer questions regarding the project and bidding procedures. All prospective bidders are urged to attend.

(Submitted by Kathe Shinham, State Purchasing Officer.)

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