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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bid #BAU10079
Invitation for Construction Bid: Housing- Life Safety Upgrades at Taft/Van Doren
Award InfoPublished Tuesday March 8, 2011
Awarded to:
Contractor: Broeren Russo Construction, Inc., Champaign, IL
Amount: $157,650
Division of Work: 1 - General (unsuccessful, responsive bidders: 2)
Terms:  One-time transaction
Contractor: Potter Electric Service, Inc., Normal, IL
Amount: $106,640
Division of Work: 5 - Electrical (unsuccessful, responsive bidders: 4)
Terms:  One-time transaction
Contractor: Superior Fire Protection Systems, Inc., Forsyth, IL
Amount: $135,150
Division of Work: 6 - Sprinkler (unsuccessful, responsive bidders: 5)
Terms:  One-time transaction
Number of unsuccessful, responsive bidders: 11
Division 1 successful responsive bidder:
22.84% MAFBE

Division 1 unsuccessful responsive bidders:
Grunloh Construction, Inc. $160,000 (15% MAFBE)
Roessler Construction Co. $174,900 (0% MAFBE)

Division 5 successful responsive bidder:
10.8% MAFBE

Division 5 unsuccessful responsive bidders:
Commercial Electric, Inc. $108,049 (4.67% MAFBE)
Coleman Electrical Service, Inc. $113,400 (17.17% MAFBE)
Krut's Electric $119,500 (10.9% MAFBE)
Best Electric Co. $171,286 (14.79% MAFBE)

Division 6 successful responsive bidder:
31.6% MAFBE

Division 6 unsuccessful responsive bidders:
Prairie Fire Sprinkler $149,632 (17% MAFBE)
Automatic Fire Sprinkler $184,100 (12.51% MAFBE)
The PIPCO Companies, Ltd. $211,700 (16.77% MAFBE)
Fire Suppression Systems $292,750 (15.46% MAFBE)
F. J. Murphy & Sons $405,888 (15% MAFBE)
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
This notice has been modified
Published Tuesday February 1, 2011
The pre-bid meeting date has been changed to February 4, 2011
This notice has been modified
Published Tuesday January 25, 2011
The project specific prequalification requirement has been removed.
First published Monday, January 24, 2011
Project Description
1) Install wet-pipe automatic sprinkler system for complete coverage of Residence Halls in accordance with NFPA 13; 2) Upgrades to existing fire protection systems to achieve Class I standpipes and hose connections to complete coverage of Taft Van Doren Residence Halls with a manual wet standpipe system compliant with NFPA 13 & 14; firestopping of wall and floor penetrations associated with new automatic sprinkler and hose standpipe systems. 3) Add Fire Alarm audio notification devices in all student bedrooms and common spaces as indicated on the drawings and herein specified. 4) Add Fire Alarm audio / visual notification devices in the student bedrooms and common spaces as indicated on the drawings and herein specified. 5) Provide Fire Alarm Control Panel and power supply upgrades to accommodate the complete installation of all new fire alarm system devices as indicated on the drawings and herein specified. 6) Provide and paint wood soffits for enclosure of Fire Protection piping and electrical conduit; paint exposed sprinkler piping; minor painting of wall/ceiling surfaces; removal and reinstallation of existing ceiling and wall systems as indicated.

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 at the end of Section 00 90 00.
Division 1- General Work
Sealed bids will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 17, 2011:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
c/o Facilities and Services - Physical Plant Service Building
1501 S. Oak St.
Attention: Mario Marruffo (
Champaign, IL 61820
Divisions 5 and 6
Sealed bids will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Tuesday, February 15, 2011:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
c/o Facilities and Services - Physical Plant Service Building
1501 S. Oak St.
Attention: Mario Marruffo (
Champaign, IL 61820
The Owner shall assign the contracts for Contract Divisions 5- Electrical Work and Division 6- Sprinkler Work to the Contract Division 1- General Work (Prime Contractor) in accordance with Article 6.3 of the General Conditions. (Refer to Articles 6 and 15 of the General Conditions for requirements concerning assignments of contracts.)

Bid Document Sources
Bid documents have been prepared by BRIC Partnership, LLC, 100 E. Washington Street, St. 220, Belleville, IL 62220, hereinafter referred to as the Professional Services Consultant. The bid documents may be obtained from the Professional Services Consultant by depositing a check in the amount of $200.00 for each set, payable to the Professional Services Consultant OR non-cash plan deposit programs which are guaranteed by contractor associations are acceptable.

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 00 20 00).

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. Recent modifications to PRZM to accommodate requirements of Public Act 096-795, effective July 1, 2010, require that Contractors attend web-based training for PRZM modification after the project is awarded and a contract is executed. Additional information on documentation requirements and available training can be found at and

Minimum PRZM user requirements are as follows:
  • 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.
  • Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) viewer

Pre-Bid Meeting
A pre-bid meeting will be held in Room 101 (Lounge) at Taft Residence Hall, 1213 South 4th Street, Champaign, IL at 2:00 PM prevailing time on Friday, February 4, 2011. 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 Service Building, 1501 S. Oak St., Champaign, IL 61820- Conference Room 1830. 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.

Documents required with bid:
  1. Section 00 40 00 – Bid form, completed and signed.
  2. Attachment A of the Bid Form.
  3. Attachment B – Minority and Female Business Enterprise (MAFBE) Program Requirements of the Bid Form
  4. Copy of Illinois CMS certificate for any identified (on Attachment B) MAFBE contractor, subcontractor, and/or supplier.
  5. Bid Deposit.
  6. Board of Elections Registration Certificate.
  7. Certifications and Statutory Requirements form.
  8. Financial Disclosures and Potential Conflicts of Interest form(s).

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.

Minority and Female Business Enterprise (MAFBE) Goals
The University of Illinois has established MAFBE goals for participation by minority and female owned businesses as prime contractors, subcontractors, or suppliers in accordance with the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disability Act. Please refer to Bid Form Document 00 40 00 for additional information and instruction. Illinois Department of Central Management Services Business Enterprise Program certification is the basis for determination of MAFBE status. MAFBE goals are for each division of work and may vary by project. Specific MAFBE goals for each project are identified within the Bid Documents. The MAFBE baseline goals established for each campus follow:

Campus/Medical Center (County) Contractor MBE/FBE % Goal
Chicago (Cook County) 22%
Urbana-Champaign (Champaign County) 15%
Springfield (Sangamon County) 15%
Rockford Medical Center (Winnebago County) 15%
Peoria Medical Center (Peoria County) 15%

The Bidder shall submit within seven (7) calendar days after the bid opening, documentation of its good faith efforts to achieve the MBE/FBE goals if the goals are not met (see General Instructions to Bidders, Document 00 20 00).

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.

As of July 1, 2010, all vendors will be required to comply with Public Act 096-795 which makes significant revisions to the Procurement Code. Failure to adhere to these new provisions could cause your company to be ineligible for a contract award or cause a contract you were awarded to be voided. Additional information may be found at

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 the Certifications and Statutory Requirements form ( 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.

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

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