Over the next five years, the College of Lake County will spend $148 million in campus improvements that will involve major purchases of goods and services beyond its normal business needs. In order to make sure that local vendors are aware of the upcoming opportunities, CLC will sponsor the Get Connected Vendor Fair from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in Room C005 (C Wing auditorium) at the Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St.
At the fair, vendors can network with the college's architects, construction managers, facilities team and procurement staff and hear presentations on the projects set for 2013-2017. For information about the master plan projects, visit www.clcillinois.edu/masterplan. To attend the Get Connected Vendor Fair, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 26, 2013. For questions, call (847) 543-2084. More information on the college's procurement policy is at www.clcillinois.edu/depts/bus.asp. Vendors who attend the fair and use Twitter are invited to Tweet about the event at #CLCVendorFair.
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At its Nov. 19 meeting, the CLC Board of Trustees approved a new procurement policy aimed at encouraging more local vendors to submit proposals for college work. According to David Agazzi, vice president for administrative affairs, the new policy both adheres to state statutes and also includes "locally friendly" provisions. In accord with state law, for example, the policy requires an open and competitive bidding process, without local business preference, for purchases over $25,000.
Similarly, on the "locally friendly side," the policy also includes a provision requiring the college to encourage local vendors to respond to purchasing opportunities. In addition, the policy allows the college to consider an in-district location as a selection factor for "non-biddable" purchases over $25,000 that are exempt from bid law. The policy allows the college, where practical, to give preference to local vendors for smaller purchases―between $5,000 and $25,000.
Procurement opportunities associated with upcoming campus improvements include the following:
Commodities and Equipment: furniture, tractors, cars, trucks, vans, custodial supplies, toner, copy paper, it equipment/servers, food service supplies, fitness center equipment, welding equipment, medical imaging equipment, dental hygiene equipment, microscopes, lathes, physics laboratory equipment, floor cleaning equipment, oscilloscopes.
Professional Services: signage, environmental material testing, commissioning, engineering services, architectural services.
Construction: abatement, asphalt and seal coating, brick/permeable paving, carpentry, concrete, demolition, moving services, drilling (geothermal), electrical (site and building), excavation, hvac, landscaping, masonry, painting, plumbing, roofing, electrical, trucking, windows/doors, wind turbines, it cabling, refuse removal, lighting, window washing, pest control, walk-off mat services, roofing, carpet and tile, elevator maintenance, construction services, (including renovations), fire alarm services and inspection, drapery cleaning, security alarms and related services, sewer and water.