April 3, 2013
As part of a competitive bidding process, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is recommending to award a national firm with extensive local experience to lead the work needed to move furniture, records, equipment, technology, supplies, instructional materials and other items from underutilized schools that will be consolidated this fall. These resources will follow students to their welcoming school as part of the District’s overall investments to provide all children at welcoming schools with a quality, 21st century education.
Pending approval from the Chicago Board of Education (BOE) at its monthly meeting today, Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) would be responsible for conducting a school by school asset management analysis immediately in order to be prepared well in advance for the full scale of the work that will be required for these moves, which is ultimately dependent on which underutilized schools are approved for consolidation by the BOE in May.
GWS will work with and hire community members and students from the sending and welcoming school communities to assist with inventory and moving, which will offer opportunities to learn hands-on logistics management skills.
“Partnering with an experienced logistics management firm will allow experts in this field to lead this work, and allow CPS to focus on its students throughout this process and expand its capacity to safely and seamlessly transition them to welcoming schools this fall,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
GWS submitted a bid for this work as part of a Request For Proposals (RFP) that was issued in March. There were four responses in total, with two qualifying as responsive to the RFP. GWS’s proposal came in 25 percent less in cost compared with the second qualifying respondent. The contract will allow for spending up to $14.2 million. Strategic Facilities Solutions and Corporate Facilities Solutions are also included as sub-contractors who will be responsible for other aspects of this work. They are each a Minority- and Women-owned Business (M/WBE) firm, respectively.
Chicago Public Schools serves 403,000 students in 681 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.