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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
SoleSource #1JNA20R0398989

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Wednesday March 18, 2020
Awarded to:
Vendor: Oxford Instruments, Concord, MA
Amount: An estimated $365,637
Terms:  One-time transaction
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Monday March 2, 2020
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now Ben Bagby.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.
First published Tuesday, February 18, 2020
The University awarded a contract for Triton DR-15-300 Dilution Refrigerator System to Oxford Instruments, Concord, MA, for an estimated $365,637.
The University has a need to purchase a Triton DR-15-300 Dilution Refrigerator System. Usable cooled volume within refrigerator must be magnetically shielded and expandable. It must be compatible and large enough to contain existing hardware already in use in research. This is needed based on research requirements, which include the ability to achieve a base temperature of <15 milliKelvin; a cooling power of >200 microWatts at 100milliKelvin; the cooled volume must be sufficiently wide (still plate diameter > 350 millimeters) and tall (enclosed height below the mixing chamber plate must be > 400 millimeters);expandable for future use (bolt flanges on all enclosing shields); feature magnetic shielding and vibration isolation of the cooled volume; and consume minimal quantity of the rare isotope helium-3 (i.e. 11 liters) during the experiment. The end result of this will be a dry dilution refrigerator to enable the testing of sensitive sub-Kelvin (<100 milliKelvin) detector arrays for astronomical instrumentation. The university, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is Oxford Instruments. The university has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form. Although the university has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university's need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the items are required for research and no other source is able to meet the researcher's documented needs.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Jacqueline Anderson
212 Illini Plaza
1817 South Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 300-0533
FAX: (217) 239-6877
Chief Procurement Officer - Ben Bagby
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

Hearing Details

March 4, 2020
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327
Potential participants are requested to call ahead to verify location and get directions. Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
February 28, 2020
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327

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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Sole Source Justification
  • 1JNA20R0398989.pdf (633 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 1JNA20R0398989Pt2.pdf (37 KB)