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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
QBS #PSSU07087

Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Ill Fire Service Institute-Learning Resource & Res

Award Info
Published Friday November 16, 2007
Awarded to:
Consultant:  FGM Architects Planners, Inc., Oak Brook, IL
Amount:  $643,357
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 August 13, 2007
Project Description
The Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has long been a resource for training fire fighting personnel in Illinois and the United States. IFSI is currently operating at near capacity and often must limit/restrict course opportunities due to lack of classroom space. Since 1999, the IFSI Library's collections, reference services and staff have experienced exponential growth. In addition, IFSI is conducting and hosting a significantly larger number of incident command, firefighter life safety, homeland security research and related interdisciplinary international courses, which require dedicated cost-efficient facilities. This project will consist of a 24,000 square foot addition to the existing IFSI Class/Office building located at 11 Gerty Drive in Champaign, Illinois, designed and built to be compatible with existing structures at the Institute.

The addition will enhance the existing Fire Service Institute Library, the State's only library dedicated to fire and emergency services, from 1,200 to 6,000 square feet. It will house firefighter life safety and homeland security research labs that will improve the Institute's ability to conduct human subject and product research as part of the National Fallen Firefighter research agenda. A portion of the addition will house a NIMS-compliant, full-scale, hands-on training facility for Emergency Operations Center and Unified Command Center training. This portion of the facility is expected to utilize the latest in communications and information sharing technology that may be installed as part of the construction or post-construction. To develop international training opportunities, the addition will include a simultaneous translation classroom/conference facility for multi-lingual presentations and major conference events. Additional classroom, seminar room and computer lab space will be included to increase the number of simultaneous training activities that can be conducted. 1,500 square feet will be dedicated to a Firefighter Memorial Hall/Museum to augment the Library and Research labs and to serve as a learning resource center for known firefighter fatality situations.

The work included in this project will include the building addition and associated site development. The project will include utility infrastructure upgrades to connect the IFSI facility to the UIUC Campus fiber optic communications and electrical power distribution systems. Incidental site work will include the addition of concrete sidewalks, concrete surface parking spaces and fencing. Mechanical systems for the addition must be designed to maintain proper temperature and humidity levels to protect the library collections. Energy efficiency of the building addition envelope will be critical as the addition shall be designed with the intent of becoming LEED certified at the Silver level.

Project Area: GSF: 24,000
Project Area: NASF: 16,800
Project Budget: $9,000,000
Construction Budget: $6,370,000
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Tuesday August 28, 2007:
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
c/o Planning, Facilities & Services
1501 South Oak Street
Attn: Ted L Christy (
Champaign, IL 61820
Professional Services Consultant Submittal
Firms should submit:
  • A letter of interest
  • A copy of its CDB prequalification letter and
  • A CDB SF 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 10 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 by e-mail.

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 firm, proposed staff and consultants
  • Overall design quality of the relevant projects submitted
  • Prior experience with projects at the University level
  • Experience of the proposed project team in the design and construction of similar projects showing a strong collaborative, working relationship with the client
  • Experience in design of highly functional, multi-use training, education, information and research facilities
  • Expertise in design and construction of facilities for public safety and multi-disciplinary command centers for operations and training
  • Experience in design and construction of research labs for human subject and fire-related research
  • Experience in design of international simultaneous translation-capable classroom/conference facilities
  • Experience with category 6 level information systems and radio communications for projects requiring both permanent and mobile power/data supply
  • Experience creating innovative learning/library facilities and interactive memorial/museum space
  • Experience with the design and construction of projects involving complex information/electrical systems, intricate mechanical/temperature control systems and connection to the University power grid
  • Experience with building additions to existing occupied buildings
  • Experience in construction cost estimating and with building design that is cost
  • Experience with LEED certification for construction projects
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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