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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
QBS #PSSU07044

Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Vet Med Large Animal Clinic Remodel - Feasibility

Award Info
Published Friday May 25, 2007
Awarded to:
Consultant:  HDR Architecture, Inc., Chicago, IL
Amount:  $38,100
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 Monday February 26, 2007
Project Description
The Large Animal Clinic, one of the most public buildings on campus, is approximately 25 years old. The building is comprised of reinforced concrete wall and roof systems with concrete floor slabs. The portion of the building covered by this study are Wards 3, 4 and Isolation and consists of approximately 27,370 gross square feet in three separate areas of the LAC. Currently Wards 3 & 4 are used for housing of horses, swine, cattle, sheep, and goats used in research and teaching of anatomy, physical examination, proper restraint, medical techniques and surgical procedures. The Isolation Ward houses all of the same animals but primarily for the Teaching Hospital Client animals.

The deliverables for the feasibility study will consist of a programmatic verification/scope of work report, outline specifications and schematic drawings as well as probable cost analysis for two sets of standards (primary and alternate) in the three areas. The primary set of standards is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of Lab Animal Welfare (OLAW). They are the most stringent specifications for the subject environment when housing animals for biomedical research and teaching. The USDA and OLAW utilize as a reference document the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, published by the National Research Council. These standards define the quality of finish surfaces, ventilation, lighting, deteriorating utilities, and size of animal housing enclosures, (stalls).

The alternate standards fall under the oversight of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). These standards would apply to use of all animals in the three areas regardless of purpose. IACUC utilizes as a reference document the Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching, published by the Federation of Animal Science Societies.

Primary Study Deliverables: Wards 3 & 4, and Isolation Ward
The architect will meet with designated College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) faculty and staff as necessary to develop a programmatic verification/scope of work report and a schematic floor plan that will maximize the number of animals to be housed by species for biomedical research and teaching in Wards 3 and 4. The existing animal stall sizes are inadequate for the standards defined by USDA. Implementation of the primary study will require the removal of multiple interior steel reinforced concrete partitions that are suspected to be critical structural components. The services of a structural engineer will be required as part of the primary study to determine if the existing stall walls contribute to the overall axial and lateral load integrity of the building structural system. As part of the feasibility study, the building ventilation system will be evaluated to determine if air exchange rates meet the minimum standards set forth in the referenced standards. The feasibility study will provide a programmatic verification/scope of work report and outline specifications for patching, replacement, or repair of all surfaces in Ward 3, Ward 4 and the Isolation Ward. The study will include programmatic verification/scope of work report and outline specifications for replacement of stall doors, animal management hardware (stall gates and headlocks), lighting and deteriorated electrical and plumbing components in Ward 3, Ward 4 and the Isolation Ward. It is expected that all materials and systems specified will meet University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign standards, applicable State and Federal regulations, utilize the most modern methods and incorporate the best practices in the large animal care industry. Lastly the report will provide a probable cost analysis to implement the primary study recommendations with costs identified separately for each space, Ward 3, Ward 4 and the Isolation Ward.

Alternate Study Deliverables: Wards 3 and 4, and Isolation Ward
The IACUC expectations, for the purpose of animal welfare and safety, include all of the components of the Primary study with the exception of stall size. Deliverables for the alternate study will include services outlined in the primary study with the exception of those addressing stall sizes. All planning associated with changing stall sizes and maximizing the possible number of animals used under the USDA and OLAW regulations will be left out of the scope of work for the alternate study. The alternate study will address all components of the environment while leaving the existing floor plan intact. As with the primary study, the report will provide a probable cost analysis to implement the alternate study recommendations with costs identified separately for each space, Ward 3, Ward 4 and the Isolation Ward.

Project Area: GSF: 27,370
Project Area: NASF: 17,800
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Wednesday March 14, 2007:
Planning, Facilities & Services
Attention: Ted L. Christy, (
1501 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Professional Services Consultant Submittal
Firms should submit:
  • A letter of interest
  • A copy of its CDB prequalification letter and
  • A CDB 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 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 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
The following project-related criteria will be used to evaluate the firms requesting consideration for selection:
  • Current commitments of proposed staff and firm
  • Overall design quality of the projects submitted
  • Prior experience with projects at the University level
  • Prior experience with projects of similar scope
  • Expertise in design and construction of animal care facilities
  • Expertise and success in construction cost estimating
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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