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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
QBS #PSSU07068

Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Education Building - HVAC Replacement Ph I & II

Award Info
Published Tuesday September 18, 2007
Awarded to:
Consultant:  Environmental Systems Design, Inc., Chicago, IL
Amount:  $159,000
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 June 10, 2007
Project Description
The Education Building first opened in 1964. The existing air handling units located in the basement mechanical room being original equipment are approximately 43 years old and are in poor condition, placing the building at risk of losing heating and cooling capability. The objective of this project is to replace and upgrade the HVAC equipment to current UIUC Standards as well as to incorporate cost effective energy conservation features.

The Education Building HVAC Replacement Phase I & II project will include the replacement of 8 existing air handling units, duct reheat coils and mechanical system controls located in the basement of the Education Building. A heat recovery system will be added to the return/relief and outside air system and will be installed on the building roof with screening as required. Both items are intended to improve energy efficiency and reliability of the HVAC system. Air handling units will be provided with variable speed controllers, controls made ready for future VAV applications and designed to maintain indoor air quality in accordance with UIUC Standards. Controls will enable economizer operation.

The work included in this project will be limited to the basement mechanical room and the roof of the Education Building. However due to limited space and assumed requirements, unit replacement will be staged in order that only small portions of the building HVAC coverage will be taken out of operation at one time. Valving and utility connections must be implemented to allow for the isolation of each unit. The following items will be incidental to the scope of this project:
  1. Replace controls on the existing induction units currently above the basement ceiling (and in the basement mechanical room). The units have been cleaned and are in serviceable condition except for the controls.
  2. Replace valves and controls on existing basement reheat coils that serve the first floor interior spaces. This work will require minimal asbestos remediation.
  3. Provide retro-commissioning of the building air handlers, controls, air distribution system, return/relief and outside air system and induction unit controls.
Project Area: Building total area is 92,000 GSF
Project Budget: $1,800,000.00
Construction Budget: $1,340,000.00
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Monday June 25, 2007:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
c/o Planning, Facilities & Services
1501 S. Oak Street
Attn: Ted L. Christy ( (217)265-6515
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 100 mhz 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 firm, proposed staff and consultants
  • Prior experience of the proposed project staff in the design and construction of similar projects.
  • Overall design quality of the relevant projects submitted.
  • Prior experience implementing energy conservation features in existing buildings
  • Prior experience with intricate mechanical and temperature control systems
  • Prior experience with phased projects in existing occupied buildings
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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