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University of Illinois at Chicago
QBS #PSSA08001
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): U of I at Chicago (UIC) Campus Master Plan Update
Award InfoPublished Tuesday November 18, 2008
Awarded to:
Consultant: Booth Hansen, Chicago, IL
Amount: $999,000
Terms:  One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 4
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
This notice has been modified
Published Wednesday October 10, 2007
The electronic submittal URL should read as follows:
This notice has been modified
Published Wednesday October 3, 2007
This modification is to clarify the modification posted below on October 2, 2007:

     Review the "Professional Services Consultant Submittal" section for project-specific requirements.
This notice has been modified
Published Tuesday October 2, 2007
The submittal requirements were changed to remove the CDB prequalification requirement.
First published Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Project Description
This project will consist of the preparation of a master plan update for the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. The objective of the planning process will be to establish a dynamic document to guide the orderly growth and development of the campus in step with the academic and strategic plan for the campus. Utilizing background and program material provided to guide the process, the professional services consultant team will execute a work program of traditional campus planning tasks that includes: analysis of existing conditions, analysis of projected future conditions, program review (the campus will provide a program statement for future space needs to the PSC team), refinement of a preferred concept plan, and development of a final master plan with companion design guidelines. In addition, the PSC team will prepare a multi-year campus amenity improvement plan including schematic design level illustrations, cost estimates and implementation schedule.

Overview of expected PSC deliverable products of the master plan update:
  • Meeting leadership and summaries
  • Any necessary presentations (in-progress and final)
  • Computer-generated master plan and companion design guidelines
  • Final report in electronic form suitable for publication for both print and electronic media
  • Multi-year Campus Amenity Prospectus with respective estimates of probable cost
  • Archive of all work products developed during the process
For more detailed information on the UIC Master Plan Update project's anticipated process and deliverables, please see 1) the Scope of Professional Services [download the document linked to this advertisement] and 2) the UIC Master Plan web site at

Project Area: 240 Acres
Project Budget: to be determined
Construction Budget: not applicable

Background Information on the University of Illinois at Chicago
UIC is a comprehensive public university located in the heart of one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas. It is one of three campuses of the State of Illinois' land-grant university, the University of Illinois. Its mission comprises three traditional elements -- teaching, research, and public service, each shaped by and relevant to its metropolitan setting as well as the University of Illinois' traditional pursuit of excellence. UIC serves not only the citizens of the state of Illinois, but also students from throughout the nation and the world who are attracted by both the University's programs and the metropolitan setting.

UIC seeks to provide its undergraduates with an education that is both broad and deep, to prepare them for responsible citizenship, and to open intellectual and career opportunities that will challenge their abilities. UIC takes special account and advantage of the extraordinary ethnic and cultural diversity of the Chicago metropolitan area. Chicago encompasses two-thirds of the population of Illinois and is home to most of the campus's undergraduate students. For many of these students, a university education is not a long-standing family tradition and the students must surmount economic, social, and educational barriers to achieve academic success. UIC endeavors to help these students fully realize their potential. For the growing proportion of its students who are enrolled in graduate and professional programs, both in Chicago and at its regional sites, UIC offers an education that will prepare them to render skilled professional services and to assume positions of intellectual leadership in their disciplines and professions.

In research and scholarship, the mission of UIC is to seek new knowledge and understanding at the frontiers of learning. Both fundamental and applied studies are pursued, often in partnership with the region's business, cultural, and service institutions. The academic community thus serves as the focal point for investigation of the challenges and problems facing the region, the State, and the society at large, both today and in the future.

UIC's public service activities include the provision of direct services which span the full range of the campus's programs and disciplines. The clinical services provided by UIC's hospital and clinics, and the active participation of faculty in a multitude of projects through UIC's many and diverse research centers, help advance the efficiency and quality of life in the region. Members of the faculty and staff also directly serve on boards, commissions, and advisory committees, in communities throughout the metropolitan region, the nation, and the world.

Through its education, research, and public service, the University of Illinois at Chicago strives to accomplish the land-grant mission originally envisioned for the University of Illinois in the more agrarian environment of the nineteenth century. Located in the great metropolis that is both the transportation hub of this country and the architectural capital of the world, UIC adapts that mission to the challenges of the present and the future.

UIC occupies 240 acres of land in downtown Chicago. Its total on-campus enrollment for the fall of 2006 was 24,200 students. It has 2,453 faculty; 3,676 administrative and professional staff; and 5,297 support staff. UIC awarded more than 5,781 degrees in the 2005-06 academic year and has an operating budget of $1.58 billion. Research funding for 2006-07 exceeded $260 million. Additional information about the campus can be obtained at
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Friday October 12, 2007:

The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
c/o University Office for Facilities Planning and Programs
807 South Wright Street, Suite 340
Attn: Kevin Duff, ASLA
Manager of University Planning & Design
(217)244-0344 (
Champaign, IL 61820

Professional Services Consultant Submittal
Firms should submit:
  • A letter of interest
  • A CDB SF 255 form (Section 8 should be modified to include additional information of relevant projects) and
  • The following sections of the CDB prequalification application:
    --Section 7: MAFBE information
    --Section 7A: MAFBE certification
    --Disclosure Forms A and 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 5 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(s)
  • Overall design quality of the projects submitted
  • Prior experience with projects at the University level
  • Appropriateness of project team's disciplines and staff size
  • Prior project team experience in urban University Master Planning during the last five years
  • Prior project team experience in collaborative planning activities
  • Prior project team experience in translating strategic thinking and vision statements into physical plans and development guidelines
  • Scope and success in execution of 3-5 representative University Master Planning projects as documented on CDB form SF 255. Please include the following information:
    - Name of campus master plan project with start and completion dates
    - Total professional fees and (as applicable) name(s) of phases performed
    - Names and roles of other consulting firms involved
    - Names and roles of key personnel involved (provide only the names and roles of individuals whose firms are also included on the project team of this submittal)
    - Campus setting (urban/rural) and size (acreage, number of buildings, and total square footage)
  • Resumes and current workload of key personnel assigned to and involved with this specific project
  • Minority/Female Business Enterprise status of prime consultant and any subconsultants
  • Internet access and experience with appropriate computer software (presentation, graphics, etc.)
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.
  • 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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