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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
SoleSource #1JWS15R0322225
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Monday December 8, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Underwriter Laboratories, Inc., Northbrook, IL
Amount: An amount not to exceed $400,000
An estimated start date of 12/19/2014 through 9/20/2015, 10 months
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 December 1, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The University awarded a contract for study of cardiovascular & carcinogenic risks. to Underwriter Laboratories, Inc., Northbrook, IL, for an amount not to exceed $400,000.
As part of the University of Illinois study awarded by the Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention & Safety Grants program (DHS FP&S), the Illinois Fire Service Institute project will examine environmental, equipment and individual hazards due to firefighting activities in the modern fire environment, which may increase the risk of occupational-related mortality and morbidity. As part of this award, Illinois has an obligation to contract for the following services and tasks for a maximum of $400,000 during 1 year of effort: 1) forming and coordinating a project advisory panel, 2) consultation on “test fixture” design and construction 3) developing and delivering an instrumentation strategy that would complement the legacy of data collected in the Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Fire Safety Research Institute's (FSRI) lab, 4) experimental design confirmation with advisory panel, 5) collecting and interpreting data on environmental conditions from burn experiments using the same structure configuration and fuel load as previously characterized at UL, and 6) disseminating results.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the Federal or State grant requires a contract with the vendor. In addition, items are required for research and and no other source is able to meet the researcher's documented need and there is service compatibility.

For additional information, contact:
Jay Simpson
212A Illini Plaza
1817 South Neil Street
Champaign, IL 6182
Phone: (217) 265-0434
FAX: (217) 239-6870
State Purchasing Officer - Aaron M. Finder

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.

December 3, 2014
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407
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:
November 28, 2014
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407

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
  • 1JWS15R0322225Part1.pdf (413 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 1JWS15R0322225Part2.pdf (52 KB)