Consultant Selection

STATE OF ILLINOIS
LAKE COUNTY DIVISION OF TRANSPORTATION
WINCHESTER ROAD
LIBERTYVILLE, ILLINOIS

Notice is hereby given that Statements of Interest (SOI) are requested together with Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) for furnishing professional civil engineering services on the following projects.  SOI/SOQ shall be submitted via email to LCDOTBidInfo@lakecountyil.gov following “SOI/SOQ Submittal Instructions” on our website: https://www.lakecountyil.gov/653/Consultant-Selection

Submission deadline is 3:00 P.M. on Monday October 21, 2019.

1.    Section No. 19-00132-05-CH: Phase II design engineering, in accordance with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Bureau of Local Roads & Streets Policies & Procedures, for a roadway resurfacing and intersection improvements on Deep Lake Road between Depot Street and the Wisconsin State line in Antioch and Unincorporated Lake County, IL.  The proposed project will improve the safety and operation of the intersections of Deep Lake Road with Depot Street and North Avenue.  This should include channelization measures, intersection signalization, roundabouts, or other methods to satisfy the project objectives.  In addition to phase II design engineering, the work will include intersection design studies; field survey; plats/legal descriptions and negotiations for right-of-way and easement acquisitions; sidewalk and ADA ramp improvements; storm sewer and stormwater detention design; wetland delineation; non-motorized travel accommodations; soils investigation; landscaping; hosting public information meetings and environmental assessments (PESA and PSI).  Coordination with utility companies, permitting agencies, and local communities will be part of the work.  It is anticipated that local funds will be used for engineering and construction. The basis of evaluation will be 20% technical approach, 15% firm experience, 10% specialized expertise, 20% team capabilities, 10% workload capacity, 10% public outreach experience, 10% past performance and 5% local presence.

2.    Section No. 19-00125-07-CH: Phase II design engineering, in accordance with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Bureau of Local Roads & Streets Policies & Procedures, for a roadway resurfacing and widening, culvert rehabilitation and intersection improvements on 21st Street between Delany Road and Lewis Avenue in Waukegan, Zion, Beach Park and unincorporated Lake County, IL. The proposed work will be broken into 2 separate projects. The 1st proposed project will improve the safety and operation of the intersection of 21st Street and Kenosha Road. This could include channelization measures, intersection signalization, roundabouts, or other methods to satisfy the project objectives and shall include pedestrian accommodations. The 2nd proposed project will be the resurfacing of 21st Street from Delany Road  to Lewis Avenue, omitting the road segment between IL Rte. 131 and the eastern limit of the intersection improvement at 21st Street and Kenosha Road, evaluating the possible inclusion of pedestrian friendly shoulders as well as the rehabilitation of  the existing culvert, 1660 feet east of Delany Road.  In addition to phase II design engineering, the work will include intersection design studies, warrant analysis; field survey; plats/legal descriptions and negotiations for right-of-way and easement acquisitions; sidewalk/ shared use path and ADA ramp improvements; storm sewer and stormwater detention design; wetland delineation; floodway/flood plain impacts: non-motorized travel accommodations; soils investigation; landscaping; hosting public information meetings and environmental assessments (PESA and PSI).  Coordination with utility companies, permitting agencies, and local communities will be part of the work.  It is anticipated that local funds will be used for engineering and construction. The basis of evaluation will be 20% technical approach, 15% firm experience, 10% specialized expertise, 20% team capabilities, 10% workload capacity, 10% public outreach experience, 10% past performance and 5% local presence.

The SOI shall be limited to 1 page and shall include a prioritized listing of the above design projects (1 & 2) which are best suited to the capabilities and qualifications of their firm.  The SOQ shall be limited to 2 pages max per project of interest.  It shall provide a concise project approach, identify the project team, and highlight 2-3 recent, relevant projects which the key project team members were involved in.

A minimum of three (3) firms will be selected per project as the most qualified from their SOI/SOQ submittal to make a presentation to a selection committee.  

A current IDOT prequalification listing shall also be included with the submittal and does not count against page limit.  

The County, in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, hereby notifies all firms expressing statements of interest that it will affirmatively ensure that the contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement will be awarded without discrimination on the grounds of race, color or national origin.      

By order of the Lake County Engineer

Shane E. Schneider, P.E.
Director of Transportation/County Engineer

Publish on October 7th and 14th 2019


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Government Procurement Spotlight: Professional Services 

In local government, much of what we do and how we do it is dictated by State and sometimes Federal laws. Lake County government purchases a variety of goods and services and there are different ways to procure those services depending on what it is. For example, when hiring architects, engineers and land surveyors, Lake County (and local governments) are required to use the Professional Services Selection process and award these contracts through a “Qualifications Based Selection.” This allows the county to evaluate a firm based on experience and expertise relative to the project, and cost is negotiated after the most highly rated firm is selected.

How does it work? When professional services are needed, the department develops the project scope and then publicly advertises the request for services. Interested firms submit a Statement of Interest (SOI) and Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) and a selection committee made up of professionals from the department evaluate the proposals and select a minimum of three firms to participate in an interview/presentation. They rank the firms based on several criteria including their expertise and past related experience. The county then begins negotiating the number of hours it will take to complete the scope of services. The final contract is then presented to the Lake County Board for approval.

Following this process is required by State and Federal law. It provides value to the county and helps us deliver cost-effective, efficient services to our residents because our Lake County team of professionals has selected the most qualified firm to perform the work. These firms are then qualified to do similar work in the future, based on their past successful performance.

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