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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bid #BA04S14

Invitation for Construction Bid: Library/Undergrad Library-Life Safety Improvements

Award Info
Published Monday March 19, 2007
Awarded to:
Contractor:  Fire Suppression Systems, Champaign, IL
Amount:  $2,423,300
Division of Work: Division 6 - Sprinkler Work (unsuccessful, responsive bidders: 1)
Terms:   One-time transaction
Contractor:  Commercial Builders, Champaign, IL
Amount:  $207,500
Division of Work: Division 1 - General Work (unsuccessful, responsive bidders: 0)
Terms:   One-time transaction
Contractor:  Coleman Electrical Service, Mansfield, IL
Amount:  $85,230
Division of Work: Division 5 - Electrical Work (unsuccessful, responsive bidders: 2)
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 Tuesday January 16, 2007
Project Description
This project involves automatic sprinkler protection for the Library (Building 41), the Undergraduate Library (Building 99). The project will have a Base Bid and 5 add alternate bids, which are specifically defined in Section 01230. The base bid will generally include providing sprinkler protection for the Library Stacks (all levels including attic), a preaction type sprinkler system and detection system for the Rare Book and Manuscript Area within the Library Building, sprinkler protection for the entire Undergraduate Library and connecting tunnel, and replacement of all "ON/OFF" sprinklers in the Sixth Stack Addition of the Library. The base bid also contains General and Electrical Work, which includes installation of a new drop ceiling and lighting in the Undergraduate Library Plaza Level Pavilions, removal of an existing dumbwaiter and installing a new shaft wall in its place in the Library Stacks, providing electrical power to new equipment and lights, fire alarm work associated with the project including a new fire alarm panel in Library building, and minor modifications to lighting in Library Stacks. The alternate bids for the project include providing wet automatic sprinkler protection to areas noted on the contract documents for the Basement, and First through Fourth floors of the Library.
Division 6-Sprinkler Work
Sealed bids will be accepted at the address below until 10:00 AM, Thursday February 8, 2007:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Facilities & Services
1501 S. Oak Street
Attn: Mr. Richard Drew (
Champaign, IL 61820
This project includes a project labor agreement that will be executed between the lowest responsive/responsible bidder and the East Central Building & Construction Trades Council. A copy of the project labor agreement is included in the project bid documents, General Project Requirements.

This project will be managed using the owner's web-based Construction Project Management System "PRZM."
Divisions 1, 5
Sealed bids will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Tuesday February 6, 2007:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Facilities & Services
1501 S. Oak Street
Attn: Mr. Richard Drew (
Champaign, IL 61820
Division 1 - General Work and Division 5 - Electrical Work. The owner shall assign the contracts for Contract Divisions 1-5 to the Contract Division 6 (Sprinkler 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.
Bid Document Sources
Bid documents have been prepared by Gage-Babcock & Associates, 1420 Kensington Rd. Suite #102 Oak Brook, IL 60523, the professional services consultant. The bid documents may be obtained from them by depositing a check in the amount of $75 for each set, payable to them.
Bid Document Review Sets
See attached for list.
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 PRZM 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
Pre-Bid Meeting
A pre-bid meeting will be held at the Main Library - Room 413, 1408 W. Gregory, Urbana, IL at 1:30 PM prevailing time on January 30, 2007. 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.
Bid Opening
Immediately after the closing time for receiving bids, all proposals will be publicly opened, read, and tabulated at Conference Room 128, Facilities and Services 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.

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