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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
QBS #PSS-698-703-03
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): South Campus Mixed Use Development
First published Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 12:00 PM, Friday September 5, 2003:

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

Project Description
The University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking a professional services consultant for the programming, site analysis, and professional services (services to be provided in two stages as noted below) for a new complex to be located on the University's South Campus Development Academic Super Block 1. This site is bounded by Roosevelt Road, Halsted Street, (relocated) O'Brien Street, and Union Street. The elements of the complex may include the following depending on the outcome of the feasibility study:

  • Student Residence with approximately 750 beds
  • Residence Life support including food service (approximately 11,000 GSF), meeting spaces, social spaces
  • Academic Space including small meeting and large classroom and lecture facilities: approximately 45,000 GSF
  • Convocation Center with approximately 1800 - 3000 seats
  • Retail: approximately 20,000 GSF
Interested firms may call for a copy of an outline program statement. Please keep in mind that this preliminary program outline does not meet the budget targets noted below.

Services will be provided in two stages. The first stage will be the engagement of the professional services firm to provide the following services:
  • Final programming development
  • Preliminary site analysis and plan development
  • Budget development and confirmation
  • Preliminary project schedule development
The initial commission will be limited to the preparation of the feasibility study and partial schematic design phase. Should the project proceed, the retained professional services consultant would be considered for completion of the balance of the project.

Please note that preliminary programming and feasibility analysis has already been completed by another professional services firm. The re-advertisement of this project is a result of the University's significant scope change in the program for the development of this block.

The budget for this project is approximately $97 million ($74 million for the residential/retail/meeting/ food service component, $22 million for the convocation center, and $1 million for site development and infrastructure costs). The program and budget are to be confirmed during the first phase of services noted above. Final determination of the scope of this project will be dependent on the information and details of the feasibility study. Funding for this project will be through the issuance of Revenue Bonds and other sources.

Professional Services Consultant Submittals
Please see the UOFPP Website for details on the actual submittal requirements for the project. Firms should submit the required materials described on the UOFPP Website by 12:00 noon, Friday, September 5, 2003, addressed to:
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration
University of Illinois at Chicago
1140 S. Paulina
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Attention: James S. Gimpel, FAIA
Email address:
Tel. 312-996-7115

Qualifications-based selection will be consistent with the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act (30 ILCS 535).

Minimum Qualifications
In order to be considered for selection all firms, including regulated consultants, must be:

  • Licensed to practice as an architect/engineer or landscape architects in the State of Illinois
  • Prequalified with the State of Illinois Capital Development Board
  • Registered and authorized to do business in the State of Illinois
  • Able to provide documents in an AutoCAD-compatible format
For project-specific criteria, please see the UOFPP Website.

(Submitted by Kathe Sinham, State Purchasing Officer.)

Selection will be consistent with the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act (30 ILCS 535/1).

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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