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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bid #BAU09013-1R
Invitation for Construction Bid: NCSA Petascale Computing Facility Phase 2
Award InfoPublished Tuesday July 7, 2009
Awarded to:
Contractor: Convergint Technologies, LLC, Schaumburg, IL
Amount: $179,000
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 Thursday, June 4, 2009
Project Description
The Project consists of an approximately 90,000 square foot state-of-the-art building designed to provide a secure and efficient operating environment for the Petascale system, supporting cyber-infrastructure and associated support and research personnel. The Petascale facility will become home for the worlds fastest supercomputer at 10 PetaFLOPs. The building has been designed according to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Building Standards and Design Guidelines. The Petascale facility is being designed to a LEED Silver level.

Division 19: Fire Protection Work: Provide design, installation oversight and support and commissioning of networked aspirating smoke detection system. Contractor to provide all parts necessary to tie-into the Siemens Building Fire Alarm system which will include monitoring all points on all aspirating smoke detection units.

Project Labor Agreement
This project includes a Project Labor Agreement that will be executed between the lowest responsible/responsive bidder and the East Central Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council. A copy of the Project Labor Agreement is included in the Project Bid Documents, General Project Requirements.

Division 19 - Fire Protection
Sealed bids will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 23, 2009:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
c/o Facilities & Services
1501 South Oak Street
Attention: Richard Drew,
Champaign, IL 61820
Bid Document Sources
Bid documents have been prepared by EYP Mission Critical Facilities, Inc., 200 W. Adams Street, Suite 2750, Chicago, IL 60606, hereinafter referred to as the Professional Services Consultant. The bid documents may be obtained from Dean's Blueprint, 404 East University Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 359-3261 by depositing a check in the amount of $100.00 for each set,(2 sets = $200) payable to Clayco, OR non-cash plan deposit programs which are guaranteed by contractor associations are acceptable. Bid sets must be returned to Dean's Blueprint for deposit refund.

BP#15 Division 19: Fire Protection Work (VESDA) - 2 Sets

Bid Document Review Sets
For a complete list, please see the attached file.

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 in Physical Plant Services Building, Conference Room, 1830, 1501 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820 at 10:00 a.m. prevailing time on Friday, June 12, 2009. 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 Physical Plant Services Building, Conference Room 1830, 1501 South 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.

Any firm or individual who wishes to submit a bid in response to this solicitation must make the State Board of Elections Certification required by Public Act 95-971. The certification is included in Bid Document 00300. If you do not make the certification and if required, attach a copy of the Certificate of Registration from the State Board of Elections to your bid, then your bid cannot, by law, be accepted by the University.

If you do $50,000 worth of business annually with the State of Illinois, including the state universities, you are required to register with the State Board of Elections and obtain from them a certificate confirming your registration. Responses to Invitations to Bid, Requests for Proposals, Requests for Information, and all other types of procurement solicitations are included in the calculation of this $50,000 annual amount, whether you receive a resulting award or not. If you do less than $50,000 worth of business annually, you may be exempt from the registration requirement.

Please refer to Public Act 95-971, which is available at, and the State Board of Elections website ( for more specific information on whether you are required to register or not. Information on how to submit copies of the registration certificate to the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education is available at the Illinois Public Higher Education Procurement Bulletin website ( ).

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

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