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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
QBS #PSS830010333

Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Gregory Hall Life Safety Deficiency Upgrades

Award Info
Published Monday July 30, 2007
Awarded to:
Consultant:  Henneman Engineering, Inc., Champaign, IL
Amount:  An amount to be determined by the CDB
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 Sunday March 11, 2007
Project Description
Gregory Hall is one of the largest classroom buildings on campus having 26 classrooms and more than 1,690 student seats. The proposed project will address priority life safety deficiencies in Gregory Hall as identified in the VFA Life Safety Analysis.

Work will focus on fire suppression, exiting provisions, emergency lighting and exit signage in priority areas of the building. More specifically, the fire suppression work will focus upon protecting the basement and first floor levels, approximately 46,000 SF, of the structure. Further, the fire suppression system will be designed to permit future expansion to the above floors, approximately 56,000 SF, for future fire suppression installation. This approach will be consistent with the fundamental principals of life safety as identified by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in its publication the Life Safety Code Handbook. In addition, exits on all floors will be enclosed and upgraded to enhance their performance in the event of an emergency and to prevent fire and smoke from spreading rapidly from one floor to another. Handrails will also be added to exit stairs on all floors to reduce the risk of falls. The emergency lighting and exit signage on these floors will be upgraded to help provide rapid identification of the available exit routes in the buildings. Finally, this project will address dead-end corridors to promote prompt exiting.

These improvements will work together to enhance the life safety levels for users of the structure by limiting the expansion of a fire event, and providing a code-compliant exit route for them to quickly and safely leave the building.

This project will be administered by the State Capital Development Board.

Project Area: 46,000 GSF
Project Budget: $708,000
Construction Budget: $442,628
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Monday March 26, 2007:
Planning, Facilities & Services
Attention: Carrie West (
1501 S. Oak
Champaign, IL 61820
Professional Services Consultant Submittal
Firms should submit:
  • A letter of interest
  • A copy of its CDB prequalification letter and
  • 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 within the proposed team of professional consultants.
The University of Illinois encourages the participation of minority- and female-owned firms and consultants.
Firms should submit 6 packets in hard copy format to the address noted above. (The CDB SF255 form can be found on the CDB website at
The electronic copy of the packet shall be submitted in pdf format, using the following URL to complete and submit the information:
The electronic copy should be submitted using the web at the URL listed and should not be submitted via email.
The following project-related criteria will be used to evaluate the firms requesting consideration for selection:
  • Current commitments of proposed staff and firm at the University of Illinois
  • Overall design quality of the projects submitted
  • Prior experience with projects at the University/College level
  • Overall qualifications of the proposed team of individuals and consultants
  • Prior experience with project of similar scope, size and level of complexity.
  • Design experience in the installation of retrofit fire suppression systems in a historical building.
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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