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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
RFP #PSS699-700-05

Request for Information: Science/Engineering Quad Renovation - Feasibility

This procurement has been cancelled
Published Tuesday February 15, 2005
First published Wednesday February 2, 2005
Sealed responses will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Thursday February 17, 2005:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
207 Henry Administration Building
506 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3684

Description of Project
With the addition of a new, 140,000-gross-square-foot science laboratory building, the Advanced Chemical Technologies Building (ACTB), slated for early 2008, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is seeking planning, architectural, and engineering services to develop a critical assessment of the feasibility of renovating adjacent existing science and engineering space for state-of-the-art academic, research, and interdisciplinary functions. This will require a review of over one million square feet of space in five existing buildings in the Science and Engineering Quad on the East Campus of UIC and development of alternative renovation scenarios. Review of the ACTB plan may also be required.

Performance-based facility assessment and program verification activities are being conducted internally. UIC has already completed an exhaustive review of deferred maintenance items within these buildings. In many instances, the systems are either failing or are inadequate to support the functional needs of the programs they serve. Additional infrastructure assessments will be required to address specific programmatic needs. These include, but are not limited to, interdisciplinary priorities, college priorities, growth projections, benchmarking, and functional relationships based on required adjacencies. Both the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering are developing strategic plans that will establish the priorities for their respective colleges. The Library is also actively participating in this process.

Scope of Work
Facilities Assessments, Program and Needs Verification; Scenario, Cost, and Schedule Development; and definition of Capital Funding requirements.

UIC expects deliverables to include recommendations about program relocation, site development, facility conversions as needed, and associated costs and schedules. This will allow UIC to plan facility investments that will enhance the efficient use of science and engineering laboratories through improved interdisciplinary interactions and result in increased research productivity.

The study may address all or some of the following objectives:

  • Provide top-quality science and engineering laboratories
  • Promote interdisciplinary activities
  • Upgrade overall infrastructure and MEP systems
  • Assess existing facilities to maximize addition/renovation impact
  • Improve current science library configuration
The initial commission will be limited to the development of a preliminary assessment of the facilities and an action plan (Phase I) in preparation for the completion of the full feasibility study (Phase II). Upon approval of the project by the Board of Trustees, the retained architect would be considered for completion of the balance of the project.

Completion by September 2006

Project Area
APPROX. 1,000,000 GSF

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:
  • Architect/Engineer/Consultant experience in the preparation of feasibility studies and programming, including benchmarking and science and engineering trends in similar science and engineering research laboratory buildings/projects
  • Firm experience with projects of similar size and complexity in an academic setting
  • Quality and specific relevant experience of key staff assigned
  • Concern, methods and demonstrated proficiency in cost estimating
  • Commitment of principal or partner's involvement in project
  • Appropriate staff size and disciplines
  • Prior performance of the firm, its assigned staff and consultants for the University of Illinois and other relevant clients/institutions
  • Consultants appropriate for this project and acceptable to the University
  • Quality of presentation
  • MAFBE status of architect/engineer and any consultants
Professional Services Consultant Submittals
Firms should submit four copies of the following: a letter of interest, a copy of its CDB prequalification letter, and a 255 form (section 8 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 both hard and electronic submittals is 4:00 PM, Thursday, February 17, 2005 addressed to:

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.

  • Sections 8 & 9 should be modified to include additional information of relevant projects.
  • 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 State of Illinois
  • Utilization of AutoCAD compatible system (with 3D modeling capabilities preferred)
(Submitted by Kathe Shinham, State Purchasing Officer.)

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