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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bid #BA05C01

Invitation for Construction Bid: Research Lab Development

Award Info
Published Thursday April 21, 2005
Awarded to:
Contractor:  Multiple contractors
  • McDowell Builders - Sidell, IL ($347,667 for Division I - General Work)
  • Nogle & Black - Urbana, IL ($83,700 for Division II Plumbing Work)
  • A&R Mechanical - Urbana, IL ($174,600 for Divison III - Heating, Piping, Refrigeration & Temperature Control Work)
  • A&R Mechanical - Urbana, IL ($93,500 for Division IV - Ventilation & Air Work)
  • Egizii Electric Inc. - Decatur, IL ($108,400 for Division V - Electrical Work)

Amount:  A total of $807,867
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Bidders: 14
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday March 14, 2005
Sealed bids will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Thursday March 31, 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 Freer Hall - New Research Lab Development project at the Urbana campus project.

Project Description
This project will consist of complete remodeling of approximately 3,600 sf. of existing locker room, showers and miscellaneous offices to create new research labs, offices, dark room, storage room, mechanical space, accessibility ramp, etc. Work includes selective demolition, cast in place concrete, concrete masonry, pipe handrail, metal stud and gypsum board partitions, resilient tile flooring, acoustical tile ceiling, ceramic tile, laboratory bench and top, painting, signage, mechanical and electrical work.

This 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 Moorhead-Gruber Architects, 495 Devonshire Dr., Champaign, IL 61820, (217) 356-3414, the professional services consultant. The bid documents may be obtained from them by depositing a check in the amount of $60 for each set, payable to them.

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

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

1811 W. Altorfer Dr.
Peoria, IL 61615

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

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
Bid Dates
Bids for Divisions II through V work will be received up to the hour of 10:00 a.m.. prevailing time, on March 31, 2005. Bids for Division I work will be received up to the hour of 2:00 p.m. prevailing time, on March 31, 2005. The owner shall assign the contracts for Contract Divisions II - V 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
Champaign, IL 61820
Atten: Edward J. Scopel (
Bid Opening
Immediately after the closing time for receiving bids, all proposals will be publicly opened, read, and tabulated in Room 143, Physical Plant Services Building (Facilities & Services), 1501 S. Oak, 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 Thursday, March 31, 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 the Main West Lobby - Freer Hall, 906 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL, at 10:00 a.m. prevailing time on Tuesday, March 22, 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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