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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University Office of Capital Programs and Real Estate Services
RFI #PRQ698-704-04
Request for Information: Prequalifications of Bidders
First published Monday, March 28, 2005
Responses will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Friday April 15, 2005:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
207 Henry Administration Building
506 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3684

Project Description
This project will consist of the construction of a new concrete, structural steel and masonry, 430,000 SF Student Residence and Mixed Use Facility for the University of Illinois at Chicago. The residence portion will be comprised of four towers, 4, 7, 13 and 11 levels high respectively. This project will ultimately involve the following components of work: site work, landscaping, cast-in-place concrete, structural steel, curtain wall, masonry, elevators, mechanical trades, food storage and preparation, multimedia and typical residence interior finishes. The total construction value of this project is estimated to be worth approximately $95 million.

Bid packages including CSI Specification Sections and estimated Construction Value.

Bid Package 1
Site Preparation for Construction - Temporary Fencing ($10,000 - $20,000), Electrical Demolition and Salvage ($10,000 - $20,000), Excavation/Potholing for Caissons, Layout and Obstruction Removal ($30,000 - $40,000), Abandon and Cap Existing Sewer and Water Lines ($10,000 - $20,000), and Site Demolition and Salvage($5000)

Bid Document Sources
Bid documents have been prepared by Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc., 30 West Monroe Street, Chicago IL 60603, phone: (312) 782-1000 and Vasilko, Hauserman & Associates, 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2123, Chicago IL 60611, phone (312) 755-9800.

Bid Document Review Sets
The bid documents will be made available to pre-qualified bidders through Power Construction Company, LLC, 2360 Palmer Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173, the construction manager, at a later date. Further details on obtaining those documents will be addressed in the forthcoming bid package to be advertised April, 2005.

Copies of the applications may be obtained from the construction manager by sending a fax expressing interest to (847) 214-6056 or an email expressing interest to Faxes and emails should be sent to the attention of Patty Hartman, project engineer. The project specific prequalification process will begin March 28th, 2005. The prequalification deadline for bid package #1 is 4:00 PM, Prevailing Time, Friday, April 15th, 2005. Prequalification is only required of prime contractors for each bid package. All applicants will also be required to provide adequate bonding per the University?s requirements. Criteria for evaluation of applicants will include company organization, relevant work experience, volume and type of work, financial standing, planning and scheduling capabilities, safety record, affirmative action and labor compliance records, other trade specific qualifications and annual pre-qualification status with University of Illinois at Chicago (for annual pre-qualification information, go to the University?s pre-qualification website at

Notice of prequalification: After the prequalification deadline, all those applicants who are prequalified for the project will be notified by the Construction Manager.

Pre-Bid Conference
Information and details concerning the pre-bid conference will be included in the bid documents distributed by the construction manager.

Bid Dates
Information and details concerning the bid dates will be included in the bid documents distributed by the construction manager. Bid Package #1 bid documents will be available on or about April 15th, 2005.

Bid Opening
Information and details concerning the location of the public bid opening will be included in the bid documents distributed by the construction manager.

Bid Acceptance of 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 which 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.

The University of Illinois at Chicago has established a set of goals for extending contracting and employment opportunities generated by all development performed in the South Campus Mixed Use Development Project. The goals are to provide 45% of contracts to minority, women-owned and local businesses, and 50% of the employment opportunities to minorities, women and local residents. There is also a 50% City of Chicago residency requirement. These goals are developed in collaboration with an advisory committee representing a cross section of the community.

For additional information, contact:

The University of Illinois at Chicago
312 413-8722

(Submitted by Kathe Shinham, State Purchasing Officer.)

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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