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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
QBS #PSSU08069
Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): English Building-Interior and Exterior Repairs
Award InfoPublished Wednesday July 30, 2008
Awarded to:
Consultant: White & Borgognoni Architects, Carbondale, IL
Amount: $275,300
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, April 14, 2008
Project Description
The English Building is a 103-year-old academic and administrative building; a design of the prestigious firm of McKim, Mead and White. It has been in continuous use since the building's dedication with additions added in 1911 and 1923. The building is a highly used student classroom building, having served multitude of Colleges and Departments. Initially known as the Women's Building, it contained women's housing, a gymnasium, and pool as well as classrooms. It later became the home of the Home Economics Department and in the late 1950's was occupied by the English Department and was renamed the English Building. The building holds a prominent position in the history, context and mission of the University.

This project will include professional design services and construction phase services for work on the exterior envelope, interior finishes, life-safety systems and repairs to the electrical system. The exterior work shall include selective tuck-pointing, repairs to slate roofing, repair of stone steps, and replacement of exterior doors and hardware. Interior finishes that will receive attention include aged and damaged flooring, damaged plaster walls in corridors and stairwells, and doors into corridors and classrooms. Life safety components that will be addressed will include adding sprinklers in specified areas, repair of fire separation barriers and exit enclosures, emergency lighting, and exit signage. Electrical repairs will include the replacement of the obsolete main electrical service, installation of lightning protection, new exterior lighting, installation of new energy conserving fixtures, and energy efficient temperature controls. Planning will provide for the continued occupancy of the building during the course of the Work.

Please see the attached files for more information.
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Tuesday April 29, 2008:

University of Illinois Board of Trustees
Facilities and Services Planning Division
1501 S. Oak
Attn: James R. Lev ( 217-244-5095
Champaign, IL 61820

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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