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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois Facilities Planning and Programs
RFP #PSS655-700-05

Request for Information: Space Reconfiguration - Feasibility Study

Award Info
Published Tuesday March 29, 2005
Awarded to:
Vendor:  the Environments Group, Chicago, Illinois
Amount:  $31,200 (not including reimbursables for $1,560)
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Bidders: 3
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Thursday February 3, 2005
Sealed responses will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Friday February 18, 2005:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
207 Henry Administration Building
506 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3684

The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois hereby requests qualifications from space planners/architects/engineers to provide professional services in connection with the following project

Description of Project
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS) is seeking programmatic planning and conceptual cost estimating for several organizational entities currently located in the Student Services Building (SSB) to augment a consolidation plan.

The SSB, located at the corner of Racine and Harrison Street, has been a beacon for student services on the east side of UIC since 1995. The building has approximately 260,000 Gross Square Feet (GSF), and approximately 260 parking spaces on its roof. An additional 115 covered parking spaces are located adjacent to the building on its western edge.

CAS is seeking a space planner/architect that will help present programmatic, operational and facility findings for the reconfiguration of specific entities within their current SSB spaces. This additional information is an outgrowth of a larger in-progress space plan for SSB.

Scope of Work
The scope of this project will consist of project orientation and programming, core plan verifications, space plans, furniture plans and preliminary statements of probable costs for Student Affairs and for the Office of Admissions and Records (OAR) in the Student Services Building.

Completion by May, 2005

Project Area

Project Budget
$ T.B.D.

Construction Budget
$ T.B.D.

The following project-related criteria will be used to evaluate the firms requesting consideration for selection:

  • Space planner, architect, engineer, and consultant experience in the preparation of space planning and programming studies in similar student services related buildings/projects.
  • Firm experience with projects of similar size and complexity in an academic setting.
  • Quality and specific relevant experience of key staff assigned.
  • Proficiency in cost estimating.
  • Commitment of principal or partner's involvement in project.
  • Appropriate staff size and disciplines.
  • Prior performance of the firm, assigned staff and consultants for UIC.
  • MAFBE Status of architect/engineer and any consultants.
Professional services consultant submittal.
Firms should submit four copies of the following: a letter of interest, a copy of its CDB prequalification letter, and a 255 form (sections 8 & 9 should be modified to include additional information of relevant projects). This form can be found on the CDB website at formspublications.shtml and once completed, shall be submitted to the address noted below. The deadline for receipt of submittals is 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 18, 2005.

Project Contact
University of Illinois
1140 South Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60612-7222
ATTN: Ronald G. Giles, Director A/E Services (

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

Interested firms should not forward brochures or other data until notified by the Office for Capital Programs, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Indicate in the letter of interest, the personnel count of the prime firm's parent and branch offices. (This was formerly Section 9 of the CDB SF 255 dated 8/2/93.) Use the letter of interest to provide any additional information or description of resources supporting your firm's qualifications. (This was formerly Section 16 of the CDB SF 255 dated 8/2/93.)

For additional information, contact:

The University of Illinois at Chicago
312 413-8722

Minimum Qualifications
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
  • Pre-qualified with the State of Illinois Capital Development Board
  • Registered and authorized to do business in the Sate of Illinois
  • Utilization of AutoCAD compatible system (with 3D modeling capabilities preferred)
(Submitted by Kathe Shinham, State Purchasing Officer.)

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