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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois Facilities Planning and Programs
RFP #PSS975-700-05

Request for Information: Neurobiology Lab Project

Award Info
Published Tuesday September 13, 2005
Awarded to:
Vendor:  LCM Architects, Chicago, IL
Amount:  $600,500
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Bidders: 4
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Tuesday March 1, 2005
Sealed responses will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Monday March 7, 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 professional services consultants to provide professional services in connection with the following project:

Description of Project
This project will consist of remodeling approximately 22,000 s.f. of existing lab and office space on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Psychiatric Institute into behavioral neurobiology laboratories and support spaces for the Department of Psychiatry.

The Center is composed of the following laboratories, Biobehavioral Testing, Molecular Neurobiology, Genetics and Development, Pharmacology, Neuroimmunology/Neuroanatomy and Histology.

The Research agenda of CARBN is theory-driven, focusing on techniques, methods and applications of neurobiological principles to important aspects of mental health.

The existing space has not been renovated since the building was constructed in 1959. The scope of work will include a complete gut and remodel of the space including modifications to the existing: plumbing, heating, piping, temperature control, ventilation, electrical, fire alarm, telecommunications and sprinkler systems. In addition, the scope will include installation of new air handling units serving the 2nd and 3rd floors and the installation of a new laboratory exhaust system serving the west wing of the building.

This project is partially funded by a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant.

Project Area
GSF: Approx. 22,000

Project Area
NASF:Approx. 15,500

Project Budget

Construction Budget

Professional Services Consultant Submittal
Firms should submit four hard copies and one identical electronic copy of a CDB SF 255 form (section 8 should be modified to include additional information of relevant projects). Electronic copy shall be submitted (in pdf format), using the following URL to complete and submit the form: .

Hard copy (This form can be found on the CDB website at formspublications.shtml) once completed, shall be submitted to the address noted below.

Project Contact
The Office for Capital Programs
1140 S. Paulina Street M/C 892
Chicago, IL 60612
ATTN: Ronald G. Giles, Director A/E Services (

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

The deadline for receipt of both hard and electronic submittals is 4:00 p.m., Monday, March 7, 2005.

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, or Landscape Architect 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 AutoCAD compatible system (3D modeling capability is preferred)
The following project-related criteria will be used to evaluate the firms requesting consideration for selection:

  • Experience with basic and behavioral Neuroscience laboratories
  • Experience in large, multi-phased remodeling projects.
  • Experience with lab remodeling projects of a similar scope in an academic setting
  • Quality and specific relevant experience of key staff assigned
  • Experience with publicly bid construction projects.
  • Experience working with NIH
  • Ability to produce coordinated quality contract documents and methods for implementation
  • Commitment of principle or partner's involvement in project
  • Prior performance of the firm, its assigned staff and consultants
  • Concern and methods for budget management and cost estimating
  • Consultants acceptable to the University
  • Quality of presentation
  • Minority and Female Business Enterprise (MAFBE) status of Architect/Engineer and any Consultants
(Submitted by Kathe Shinham, State Purchasing Officer.)

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