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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Western Illinois University
QBS #TR041306

Request for Professional Services Qualifications (QBS): Peforming Arts Center/Architectual Services

Award Info
Published Wednesday April 4, 2007
Awarded to:
Consultant:  O'Donnell, Wicklund, Pigozzi & Peterson, Inc. dba OWP/P, Chicago, IL
Amount:  An estimated $3,093,318
Terms:   One-time transaction
Number of Unsuccessful, Responsive Respondents: 22
The contract was awarded in compliance with the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act (30 ILCS 535/1). Contract will be awarded and administrated by the Illinois Capital Development Board.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Friday April 14, 2006
Project Description
WIU has recently completed a successful programming study for a new performing arts center and is ready to proceed with design utilizing C.D.B. funding. The new facility will include a 1900-seat proscenium main theatre, a 300-seat thrust stage theatre, a 150-seat studio theatre, and various support spaces for a total of approximately 110,000 square feet. The location of the building will create an arts quadrangle on the south campus. Construction costs are estimated at $58,000.000.
Letter Submission
Qualifications and supporting materials will be accepted at the address below until 4:00 PM, Wednesday June 14, 2006:
Western Illinois University
c/o Michael Hott
Physical Plant
One University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Submittal of qualifications must include:1.A copy of C.D.B. prequalification for all team members performing architectural, engineering, acoustical, or land surveying professional services.2.C.D.B. Standard Form 255.3.Examples of projects of a similar nature, including project estimates and actual construction costs. Provide an owner contact person for each example.Exhibit a record of working with consultants in the following areas: acoustics, lighting, stage rigging and recording technology.Illustrate that your firm, and its consultants, have designed a multi-venueperformance facility, which included: a main theatre (minimum 1,500 seats), thrust stage and a recording studio theatre.4.One-page statement outlining your teams unique qualifications which the committee should consider in the selection of your team over the others submitting on this particular project.5.Additional information you may feel to be useful.

Six bound copies and one electronic/digital version (Adobe Acrobat 5.0 format) diskette of submittals should be sent to: Michael A. Hott, Q.B.S. Committee, Physical Plant, Western Illinois University, One University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455.
For additional information, contact: Michael A. Hott, Q.B.S. Committee Chair, Western Illinois University, Physical Plant Building, Macomb, IL 61455, (309) 298-1834, ext 249,
Western Illinois University announces the planning and construction of its recently funded Performing Arts Center. The Center will house a 1,900-seat proscenium theatre auditorium, a 300-seat thrust stage and a 150-seat black box studio theatre, each with state of the art technical theatre equipment facilitating all aspects of lighting, rigging, sound reinforcement, playback of recorded audio, and audio/video recording of performances. These facilities will enhance the academic mission for the College of Fine Arts and Communication and build on our exemplary fine arts programs and performances by providing a high quality venue for productions, teaching, performances, state and national competitions and conferences. The large venue should also be suitable for student convocations, lectures, graduation ceremonies, local arts functions and civic functions. The Center must have a pleasing aesthetic in its non-performance and performance/teaching spaces. Furthermore, the Center needs administrative and support personnel housed in the facility near the public areas with adequate support areas for rehearsal and technical support adjacent to the loading dock area. Underground parking is required with easy access by local transportation. The total cost of the facility to be located on the southwest quadrant of campus is estimated to be $61,571,400.
Governor Blagojevich states, "The investment we are making in the Performing Arts Center will create a critical cultural attraction that people throughout the region so richly deserve." This facility should be considered a landmark for the City of Macomb and Western Illinois University as well as serve the entire region as a cultural center and a key element in enhancing the quality of life in the area.
Western Illinois University (WIU) is located in the county seat of McDonough County Illinois, a mostly rural west central location 45 miles from the Mississippi river. WIU encompasses approximately 1,620 total acres, which includes 30 acres in the Quad Cities for a regional campus and over 750 acres of farmlands and natural preservation areas in the McDonough, Scott and Hancock Counties. The main campus covers approximately 325 acres with remaining adjoining acreage including an 18-hole golf course, as well as agriculture and recreation, parks and tourism areas in support of academic curriculum.
WIU maintains approximately 4.5 million gross square feet of campus building space, split almost equally between campus residential housing and academic/support space. The College of Fine Arts and Communication is one of five colleges. The location of the Center, on the southwestern quadrant of the campus and adjacent to existing fine arts academic spaces, will create a fine arts quad on campus and foster synergy among the units of the College. This will greatly enhance the cultural offerings for the region and the College's programs.
WIU has recently completed its strategic plan which is available on the University website, The plan demonstrates the University's commitment to programs in the arts as academic disciplines, as well as a vital component of campus life. The Center will also fulfill the plan by being an important component of outreach and service to the county and the region.
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.
Selection will be consistent with the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act (30 ILCS 535/1).

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