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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
QBS #PSS614C07037

Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Lincoln Hall Renovation

Award Info
Published Monday September 10, 2007
Awarded to:
Consultant:  Design Organization, Inc., Chicago, IL
Amount:  $845,973
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 3
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Thursday March 29, 2007
Project Description
The proposed project is focused on the renovation of approximately 25,200 GSF on the first, second and third floors of Lincoln Hall for new multi-media classrooms.

Comprehensive remodeling of all building components and systems, including, but not limited to architectural, HVAC, electrical, plumbing and life safety will be required. Also included will be the complete removal and replacement of the existing exterior wall system. While a final decision on the HVAC system has not been determined, the expansion of the existing geothermal field serving Grant Hall is very possible.

In general the goals for this project are to provide a facility that:
  • Provides a more welcoming environment both within and outside the classroom.
  • Provides the University with learning spaces that are flexible, functional, and attractive.
  • Provides places for students to study and relax between classes and during extended breaks.
  • Is economically feasible for the University.
  • Meets the functional and special design requirements of the programmed elements.
  • Complies with all applicable safety and environmental requirements of the state, county and city agencies.
  • Is energy efficient and sustainable based on the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) rating system.
  • Is accessible and usable by the physically disabled.
  • Meets all applicable codes and requirements.
All investigative work, i.e.: surveys, soil borings, testing, etc. shall be by the selected A/E through reimbursable expenses.

Project Area: GSF:Approx. 25,200
Project Area: NASF: T.B.D.
Project Budget: Approx. $13,726,600
Construction Budget: Approx. $ 8,030,000
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Friday April 13, 2007:
Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
c/o Office for Capital Programs
1140 S. Paulina Street M/C 892
Attn: John Hiltscher (
Chicago, IL 60612
Professional Services Consultant Submittal
Firms should submit:
  • A letter of interest
  • A copy of its CDB prequalification letter
  • A CDB SF 255 form (section 8 should be modified to include additional information of relevant projects) and
  • A copy of the following sections of your current CDB prequalification applications:
    - Section 8: MAFBE information
    - Section 8A: MAFBE certification
    - Sections 12 and 13: Prequalification category and supporting work experience
    - Disclosure Form B: Including supporting information.
For full consideration, interested firms should identify, at the time of submittal, all consultants anticipated to perform a significant role withih the proposed team of professional consultants.

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

Firms should submit 4 packets in hard copy format to the address noted above. (The CDB SF255 form can be found on the CDB website at
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 and the University level.
  • Quality and specific relevant experience of key staff assigned.
  • Quality and specific relevant experience of consultants.

    PLEASE NOTE: Architect shall propose three MEP Consultants for University consideration. The University, with input from the architect, intends to select the MEP Consultant from those submitted by the selected architectural firm.

  • The University will provide Audio-Visual Consultant services for the project.
  • Prior performance of the firm, its assigned staff and consultants.
  • Minority and Female Business Enterprise (MAFBE) status of Architect/Engineer and any Consultants.
  • Experience with remodeling projects of a similar scope in an academic setting.
  • Experience with publicly bid construction projects.
  • Firm/Team Experience with academic learning centers and multi-media classrooms.
  • Experience with geothermal systems design.
  • Experience with application of the LEED program to project design.
  • Experience with 3D Building Information Modeling/Parametric Smart Object Modeling (this experience is not a prerequisite to selection for this project).
  • Ability to produce coordinated quality contract documents and methods for implementation
  • Commitment of principle or partner's involvement in project
  • Concern and methods for budget management and cost estimating
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight project time schedule requirements.
  • Quality of presentation and ability to communicate effectively with project team members.
Only those firms which meet the following qualifications will be considered:
  • Licensed to practice as an architect, landscape architect, or engineer in the State of Illinois.
  • Pre-qualified with the State of Illinois Capital Development Board.
  • Registered and authorized to do business in the State of Illinois.
  • Utilize an AutoCAD compatible system to provide documents.
Selection will be consistent with the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act (30 ILCS 535/1).

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