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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
QBS #PSSU06023
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Atkins Tennis Center/Eichelberger Field Expansion
First published Thursday, September 22, 2005
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Friday October 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 Division of Intercollegiate Athletic-Atkins Tennis Center and Eichelberger Field Expansion projects.

Description of Project
The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, through efforts associated with this project, desires to upgrade its existing tennis facilities (Atkins Tennis Center) and softball facilities (Eichelberger Field) by providing improved and expanded accommodations for its student athletes, coaching staff, and patrons of tennis and softball. Both Atkins and Eichelberger are located immediately south of Kirby Avenue/Florida Avenue on the Urbana-Champaign campus, along an east-west axis primarily defined by Division of Intercollegiate Athletics facilities, in proximity to one another.

Atkins Tennis Center: The expansion of the Atkins Tennis Center is anticipated to develop east of the existing facility. The program for expansion includes the creation of twelve additional, outdoor, championship quality tennis courts (the program shall also address new, associated lighting, perimeter fencing, scoreboards, and egress issues). A building addition will add two team locker rooms, a training room, administrative offices, a retail sales area, as well as necessary storage and mechanical space. A new parking lot and vehicular approach, also part of this design and construction program, will allow for the creation of a new "front door" to the Atkins Tennis Center facility.

Eichelberger Field: The expansion of Eichelberger Field includes the creation of a freestanding building adjacent to the existing field that, programmatically, will include public restrooms, a press box, a ticket sales window, and concessions accommodations. In addition, the program will support the introduction of an Illini home team locker room which shall include shower facilities, both team and coaches locker areas, and a dedicated sports medicine area. The proximity of Eichelberger Field to the Atkins Tennis Facility shall provide for an opportunity to share the planned parking lot and vehicular approach, thereby creating a "front door" for the softball program as well.

The relationship between the two facilities presents an opportunity to maximize the potential to efficiently extend necessary utilities to the site. It is anticipated that both facilities will continue to be "free-standing;" it is anticipated that they will not be connected to the campus chilled water loop.

Project Area:GSF: TBD
Project Area:NASF:TBD
Project Budget: $ TBD
Construction Budget: $ TBD

Professional Services Consultant Submittal
Firms should submit four hard copies and one electronic copy of a CDB SF 255 form (section 8 should be modified to include additional information of relevant projects) and a copy or your current CDB prequalification application. 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.

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.

Project Contact
Facilities & Services
1501 South Oak Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Attention: Edward J. Scopel, A.I.A.
Associate Campus Architect

Direct all inquiries to Edward J. Scopel at the following e-mail address:

The deadline for receipt of both hard and electronic submittals is 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 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 PRZM 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
Minimum Qualifications
Only those firms that meet the following qualifications will be considered for selection:
  • Licensed to practice as an 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
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign encourages the participation of female- and minority-owned professional services consultants and sub-consultants.

For additional information, contact:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
217 333-1232

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

  • Prior experience with projects at the University or institutional level.
  • Prior experience with projects of similar scope, size, and complexity.
  • Overall design quality of the projects submitted.
  • Overall qualifications of the proposed team of consultants.
  • Current commitments of proposed staff and firm.
  • M.A.F.B.E. participation
(Submitted by Kathe Shinham, State Purchasing Officer.)

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

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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