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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Request for Proposal: The Library Life Safety Improvements

Award Info
Published Friday January 13, 2006
Awarded to:
Vendor:  Gage-Babcock & Associates
Amount:  $383,121
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 2
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday, November 1, 2004
Sealed responses will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Tuesday, November 16, 2004:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Facilities & Services; Planning Department
ATTN: Edward J. Scopel
1501 South Oak Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3684

Description of Project
This project will install fire suppression systems in the Library stacks and throughout the Undergraduate Library, in an initiative designed to correct NFPA 101 Life Safety Code deficiencies, protect occupants, and protect rare, valuable resources. Neither facility meets current Life Safety Code requirements due to construction, utilization, and contents.

The Library is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it houses millions of volumes in its 11 stack levels. The Undergraduate Library is a multi-story, underground facility that serves as the main source of reference materials for over 28,000 undergraduate students on campus. Construction activities in both facilities will be phased to maximize occupant accessibility to resources while minimizing risk to those resources.

Interested professional services consultants should demonstrate qualifications indicative of prior experience in the successful design and project execution of fire suppression systems in historically significant facilities, library stacks, and institutional facilities.

Professional Services Consultant Submittals
Firms should submit one hard copy and one electronic copy of a CDB SF 255 form. Electronic copy shall be submitted (in pdf format), using the "submit" button on the UOFPP website. Hard copy shall be submitted to the address noted below. Deadline for receipt of both hard and electronic submittals is 4 p.m., Tuesday, November 16, 2004.

Use the link on the UOFPP website to download a copy of the CDB SF 255 form. Note: Questions relative to the electronic submittal only should be directed to Gayle Wildman at (217) 244 0338.

Project Contact
Edward J. Scopel, Interim Associate Campus Architect (

For additional information, contact:

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

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 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
Only those firms which meet the following qualifications will be considered for selection:
  • Licensed to practice as an architect/engineer 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 an AutoCAD compatible system
(Submitted by Kathe Shinham, State Purchasing Officer.)

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