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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bid #BA05N06RB

Invitation for Construction Bid: Radio/TV Tower Renovation

Award Info
Published Tuesday September 27, 2005
Awarded to:
Contractor:  Abhe & Svoboda, Inc., Prior Lake, MN
Amount:  $683,310
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Bidders: 2
The low bid amount was $683,310.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday August 8, 2005
Sealed bids will be accepted at the address below until 9:00 AM, Tuesday August 23, 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 WILL Tower Renovation project at the Urbana-Champaign campus (Rebid) project.

Project Description This project will consist of a 1,023 ft. tall, Guyed WILL FM/Television Transmission Tower.

The following work will be included in the WILL tower project: Tower remediation work, including the addition of secondary horizontals; guy pulloffs; guys (adding new and replacing existing); guy anchors; fencing and guy anchors (new and existing); painting of the tower; grounding; and other minor electrical wiring.

Bid Document Sources
Bid documents have been prepared by Hanson Professional Services, Inc., 1525 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62703, hereinafter referred to the professional services consultant. The bid documents may be obtained from them by depositing a check in the amount of $25 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:

By appointment at:
WILL Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunications
300 North Goodwin
Urbana, IL 61801
Call (217) 333-1070

Plan rooms, as follows:

F.W. Dodge
Quantum Center
421 S. Grand Avenue West
Suite 1B East
Springfield, IL 62704
phone: (217) 528-1444

Greater Peoria Contractors and Suppliers Association
1811 West Altorfer
Peoria, IL 61615
phone: (309) 692-5710

Illinois Valley Contractors Association
1120 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
phone: (815) 223-0561

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 Division 44 (other) work will be received up to the hour of 10:00 a.m. prevailing time, on Tuesday, August 23, 2005. Submit all proposals to the Board of Trustees at:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
c/o Facilities & Services
1501 S. Oak
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Attention: Edward J. Scopel (
Bid Opening
Immediately after the closing time for receiving bids, all proposals will be publicly opened, read, and tabulated at Room #128 of Facilities & Services, 1501 S. Oak, Champaign, Illinois 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 University of Illinois 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 9:00 AM local time, on Tuesday, August 23, 2005. Immediately after closing time for receiving bids, they will be opened publicly and read.

For bidding documents and further information, contact

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
217 333-1232

Pre-Bid Meeting
A pre-bid meeting will be held at the project site at 10:00 a.m. prevailing time on Tuesday, August 16, 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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