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 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019.

1.    Section No. 19-00055-08-RS: Phase II design engineering with some Phase I elements, in accordance with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Bureau of Local Roads & Streets Policies & Procedures, for a roadway resurfacing, restoration, rehabilitation and drainage improvement project along Wadsworth Road between Green Bay Road and Sheridan Road in Waukegan and Beach Park, IL. The intersection of Lewis Avenue and Wadsworth Road is not included in this project.  The proposed project will utilize 3R design criteria to extend the service life of the existing pavement, enhance roadside safety and improve drainage.  Phase I elements will include crash and roadside safety analysis; determination of safety countermeasures such as improving sight lines, sight distance, and geometrics; field survey; wetland delineation; soils investigation; plats/legal descriptions; environmental assessments (PESA and PSI); alternatives analysis for 2-lane and 3-lane cross sections with non-motorized elements; and public outreach.  Phase II elements include preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates; drainage analysis and design; retaining wall and structural design; and negotiations for any land acquisitions.  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 25% technical approach, 15% firm experience, 15% specialized expertise, 20% team capabilities, 10% workload capacity, 10% past performance and 5% local presence.

2.    Section No.17-00143-15-RS: Phase II design engineering with some Phase I elements, in accordance with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Bureau of Local Roads & Streets Policies & Procedures, for a roadway resurfacing, widening, restoration, rehabilitation and drainage improvement along York House Road between Green Bay Road and Sheridan Road in Waukegan and Beach Park, IL.  The proposed project will utilize 3R design criteria to extend the service life of the existing pavement, enhance roadside safety and improve drainage.  Phase I elements will include crash and roadside safety analysis; determination of safety countermeasures such as improving sight lines, sight distance, and geometrics; field survey; wetland delineation; soils investigation;  plats/legal descriptions; environmental assessments (PESA and PSI); alternatives analysis for 2-lane and 3-lane cross sections with non-motorized elements; and public outreach.  Phase II elements include preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates; drainage analysis and design; retaining wall and structural engineering design; and negotiations for any land acquisitions;.  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 25% technical approach, 15% firm experience, 15% specialized expertise, 20% team capabilities, 10% workload capacity, 10% past performance and 5% local presence.

3.    Section No. 19-00072-14-WR:  Phase II design engineering with some Phase I elements, in accordance with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Bureau of Local Roads & Streets Policies & Procedures, for roadway improvements on Hainesville Road between Washington Street and Rollins Road in various communities and unincorporated Lake County, IL.  The proposed improvement will improve the safety, operation and drainage throughout the corridor.  Phase I elements will include crash and roadside safety analysis; determination of safety countermeasures such as improving sight lines, sight distance, and geometrics; field survey; wetland delineation; soils investigation; plats/legal descriptions; environmental assessments (PESA and PSI); alternatives analysis for a 3-lane cross section with non-motorized elements; and public outreach.  Phase II elements include preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates; drainage analysis and design; retaining wall and structural engineering design; and negotiations for any land acquisitions.  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 &3) 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 insure 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 November 4th and 11th, 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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