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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
QBS #PSS-U06048
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Digital Computer Laboratory
First published Friday, January 20, 2006
Project Description
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois hereby requests qualifications from professional services consultants to provide professional services in connection with the Digital Computer Laboratory (DCL) Remodel.

The College of Engineering will be locating the new Bioengineering Department within existing space of the DCL. DCL was originally constructed in 1959, with additions built in both 1967 and 1989.

The College of Engineering would like to retain an A/E to provide design services to first review the space identified as available and determine what areas would be best suited for laboratory versus office space, then determine a logical phasing sequence, and finally execution of the first phase. A need for 12,000 to 15,000 square feet of laboratory space has been tentatively identified, and it is anticipated that such remodeling might be accommodated up to three floors and occur over a period of up to five years. In order to accommodate the desired remodeling, large-scale mechanical and electrical infrastructure improvements are anticipated.

Project Area:GSF: TBD
Project Area:NASF: TBD
Project Budget:$1,000,000
Construction Budget: $650,000

Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Monday February 6, 2006:

Facilities & Services
1501 South Oak Street
Attention: Edward J. Scopel, A.I.A.
Champaign, IL 61820

Professional Services Consultant Submittal
Firms should submit four hard copies and one electronic copy of a CDB SF 255 form (section 8 should be modified to include additional information of relevant projects) and a copy or your current CDB prequalification application. Electronic copy shall be submitted (in pdf format), using the following URL to complete and submit the form:

Electronic copies should be submitted using the web at the URL listed and should not be submitted via email.

Hard copy (This form can be found on the CDB website at once completed, shall be submitted to the address noted below.

For full consideration, interested firms should identify, at the time of submittal, all consultants anticipated to perform a significant role within the proposed team of professional consultants.

The University of Illinois encourages the participation of minority- and female-owned firms and consultants.

Project Contact
Edward J. Scopel, A.I.A.
Associate Campus Architect
E-mail address:

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

The deadline for receipt of both hard and electronic submittals is 4:00 p.m., Monday, February 6, 2006.

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 a 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
The following project-related criteria will be used to evaluate the firms requesting consideration for selection:
  • Current commitments of proposed staff and firm
  • Overall design quality of the projects submitted
  • Prior experience with projects at the University level
  • Prior experience with projects of similar size, scope, and complexity
  • Overall qualifications of the proposed team of consultants
  • M.A.F.B.E. participation

For additional information, contact:

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

Minimum Qualifications
Only those firms which meet the following qualifications will be considered for selection:

  • Licensed to practice as an architect 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
  • Utilization of AutoCAD compatible system
(Submitted by Kathe Shinham, 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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