Procurement Service Center Request for Information
UCCS Health and Wellness Village
Potential Occupants and Collaborators For University of Colorado Colorado Springs
April 5, 2013
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) invites interested parties to reply with information regarding their capabilities and interests in collaborating with UCCS academic programs and in locating clinical or research activities in newly constructed facilities in the UCCS Health and Wellness Village. This is a non-binding Request for Information (RFI) for budgetary and planning purposes only. It is not a formal solicitation. This RFI does not constitute a commitment, implied or otherwise, or that UCCS will take further procurement action in this matter.
RESPONSES MUST BE RECEIVED BY May 17, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. MT at the location noted below. They may be mailed to the address given below. Electronic submissions are preferred and can be sent to email@example.com.
BACKGROUND University of Colorado Colorado Springs
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (“UCCS” or the “University”) is one of four campuses of the University of Colorado (“CU”) and CU’s designated growth campus. Though CU’s presence in Colorado Springs dates to the 1920’s, UCCS began in 1965 on a craggy hill with a panoramic view of Pikes Peak. Known as the “Cragmor Parcel,” this became the UCCS home for a growing number of students and scholars. Now, 48 years later, the University offers a broad range of degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences in addition to professional programs in business, engineering, nursing, education, and public affairs.
UCCS offers 36 baccalaureate, 19 masters, and five doctoral degrees. Its vision is to be a premier comprehensive undergraduate and specialized graduate research university that provides students with academically rigorous and life-enriching experiences in a vibrant university community with 13,000 students studying on the main campus.
The University seeks to build on its growing reputation and programs in the health and wellness fields by identifying health, wellness, sports medicine, sports science and other health-related providers that are interested in collaborating with UCCS in the achievement of its academic and research mission and are also interested in locating clinical, service or research activities in newly constructed UCCS facilities. Through this RFI process, the University seeks information from potential collaborators and occupants of one to two facilities, in addition to the Lane Health Sciences Center, that UCCS expects to construct over the next two to four years in its Health and Wellness Village. UCCS’s plans for the Health and Wellness Village call for a total of eight buildings, including the Lane Center, when the Village is complete.
Health and Wellness Village
The UCCS 2012-2020 Strategic Plan and its Campus Master Plan, both approved by CU’s Board of Regents, call for a Health and Wellness Village to be constructed on the portion of UCCS property that extends north along North Nevada Avenue from its intersection with Austin Bluffs. This portion of UCCS property is commonly referred to as the “North Campus” and is easily accessible from I-25. The Health and Wellness Village is to be located in the southwest part of the North Campus across the street from University Village – Colorado, a shopping center with a variety of services.
The Health and Wellness Village will provide a concentration of facilities supporting health-related instruction, research and services. The Health and Wellness Village is anchored by the 54,425 GSF Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences at 4863 N. Nevada. The Campus Master Plan calls for seven additional facilities in the Health and Wellness Village, for a total of eight, with future buildings surrounding a shared internal courtyard. There will be easy access to the Village from North Nevada with parking available. The Health and Wellness Village will be connected to the remainder of the UCCS campus by both an internal shuttle circulation route and a pedestrian walkway. Utilities and information technology plans are incorporated in the development.
Pages 46 and 85 provide details on the Health and Wellness Village.
Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences (under construction) The 54,425 GSF Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences is under construction with GE Johnson, Colorado Springs, as the lead contractor. The $18 million project was designed by Anderson-Mason-Dale Architects, Denver. This four-story building is the centerpiece of the Health and Wellness Village and represents the first phase of a planned multi-phase development on the North Campus. It is scheduled to open in January 2014. The Lane Center is designed to support a university/community partnership centered on senior citizen health with a pedagogical connection to the university’s nursing, health sciences, and gerontology programs.
The Lane Center’s 54,425 GSF are distributed evenly among four stories. The first floor has a lobby with direct access from a drop-off point. Parking is adjacent. A planned coffee shop in the lobby with a seating area provides a convenient waiting area. The first floor also has a classroom with modern audio/visual equipment, a small fitness area, a teaching kitchen, and other wellness support spaces.
The second floor is occupied by a Peak Vista Community Health Center, specializing in senior health care, and a UCCS nurse managed care clinic. The second floor has a shared reception and waiting area and shared exam rooms providing integration of the two programs. The floor also has specialized spaces for hearing and sight evaluations and for interprofessional research. There is access to an outdoor seating area.
The third floor is occupied by three UCCS programs: the CU Aging Center; the Gerontology Center; and the Trauma, Health and Hazards Center. The floor contains offices, therapy rooms, evaluation rooms and research space for these programs with a layout that supports interaction and shared venues. The placement of these programs on the third floor provides accessibility and easy integration with Peak Vista and the nurse managed clinic located on the second floor.
The fourth floor is assigned to the CU School of Medicine. The floor contains offices for faculty and administrators, a conference room with modern audio/visual equipment and office space for medical students. The fourth floor also provides access to a small outdoor patio.
Peak Vista Community Health Center is purchasing the space it will occupy in the Lane Center as a single condominium unit in a two-unit building. The University will own the other unit. All other building occupants will be in University-owned space.
The Lane Center is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-level certification. The general project cost is approximately $350 per square foot, inclusive of most expenses including A&E services, most furniture, fixtures, equipment, and other costs. The building is built to CU’s building standards and under the guidance and review of the CU Design Review Board, a system-wide committee that ensures high quality of construction and architectural conformity with the campus design and building standards.
Additional Facilities in the Health and Wellness Village
As noted above, the Campus Master Plan projects that there will be seven facilities, in addition to the Lane Center, in the Health and Wellness Village for a total of eight. The University intends to build one or two of those additional facilities within the next two to four years. These buildings are likely to be four or five stories and to contain from 50,000 GSF to 70,000 GSF. The buildings will be compatible in design to the Lane Center and will be comparable in cost and quality of construction to the Lane Center. As with the Lane Center, these buildings are expected to be designed to meet LEED Gold certification. One of the two facilities may include, in addition to clinical and research space, a medically based fitness center.
Overview of Related University Degree Programs, Faculty Research, and Initiatives Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Science
Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences is recognized as a leading educator of nursing, health care and health science professionals. The College offers the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate of Nursing Practice degrees. The Graduate Nursing Programs are nationally ranked by US News & World Report. The Health Sciences Department offers both baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Baccalaureate degrees are offered in: Allied Health Completion, Medical Laboratory Science, Nutrition, Sports Wellness, and Health Promotion. Master’s degrees are offered in: Health Promotion, Sports Medicine, Athletic Training with Strength and Conditioning options, and Sport Nutrition. The Health Sciences Department and the Department of Biology in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences offer jointly a baccalaureate degree in Exercise Science.
Research and clinical interests of the Beth-El faculty include: physical activity and public health, including behavioral health; obesity; the relationship between functional foods, such as legumes, soy, walnuts, and flax and optimal health; strategies to reduce rates of obesity and diabetes; antecedents and consequences of physical activity in older adults; nutrition, exercise, sports performance and health; the effect of clinical interventions on changes in bone mineral density in athletes with critically low bone mass; human performance for the physically disabled; fitness for the occupational athlete; injury prevention/education in rodeo; human performance, including strength and conditioning, injury prevention, and nutritional intervention; stroke prevention and the reduction of stroke risk in the elderly; and homeless female veterans and the identification of their needs to attain independence.
Department of Biology, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences The Department of Biology offers a baccalaureate degree in Biology with an option in Biomedical Science and, as noted above, a joint baccalaureate degree in Exercise Science with the Health Sciences Department. Research interests of the Biology Department Faculty include exercise science, high altitude physiology, sports biomechanics, nutrition, metabolism, and epidemiology.
Department of Psychology, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences The Department of Psychology offers a baccalaureate degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, a master’s degree in Psychological Services, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Geropsychology. The Department operates the CU Aging Center, a training facility for graduate, intern, and post-doctoral trainees that serves community residents. Faculty research interests include: cognitive functioning and impairments; mental health and aging; chronic disease behavior management; trauma; neuroscience of attention and emotional processing; neuropsychological assessment of concussion and aging-related diseases; psychology and the law; and program evaluation.
UCCS Center of the Biofrontiers Institute
The UCCS Center is part of the Biofrontiers initiative founded in Boulder, the focus of which is to understand and manipulate living cells and cellular behavior. Current and future projects of the UCCS Center include: development of a biological sensor using liquid crystals, modification of cell curvature using magnetic nanoparticles; novel fluorescent metal nanoclusters for bio-imaging, and development of a label free, ultrasensitive and low cost optical biochemical sensor.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science
The College of Engineering and Applied Science is undertaking an initiative in Engineering Health, linking Engineering and Computer Science to advanced health-focused engineering. Areas of focus under consideration include: kinetics-driven prosthetics, laser tissue welding, and bioinformatics, among others. Areas of faculty research interests include: research on the modeling and optimization of human walking and running to improve the design of devices such as prosthetics; epilepsy prediction; neuro-endocrinology; and cavitation and ultrasound along with their applications in biology and medicine; among others.
Third and Fourth Year Branch Medical School of the University of Colorado School of Medicine The CU School of Medicine is establishing a branch in Colorado Springs and El Paso County to broaden clinical training opportunities for third- and fourth-year medical students. UCCS is a strong supporter of this effort and will play a key role as the administrative home of the branch campus. The branch is expected to be operational in Spring 2016 when the first 24 third-year students arrive from the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO to begin their clinical studies and rotations in Colorado Springs.
For UCCS, the branch will add opportunities for interprofessional healthcare education that build on existing training in integrated health and healthcare education. It will likely offer teaching, research, and clinical opportunities for faculty and students. Administrative offices for the branch will be located in the Lane Center, which also will provide Cisco Tele-presence capabilities and classroom space. The branch brings an exciting new dimension of the CU higher education system to Southern Colorado.
The CU School of Medicine intends to increase the number of students it accepts and trains, and therefore the number of doctors it produces, a benefit to Colorado and its citizens. As a state institution, the School of Medicine welcomes the chance to expand activities around the state. Colorado Springs offers the School of Medicine the chance to work with community physicians to join the 2,000 volunteer faculty who help train students. Students get additional training sites and a broader range of physicians from whom to learn. The branch will encourage innovative education models.
Under the terms of its successful bid to lease Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, the University of Colorado Hospital will provide the School of Medicine $3 million a year for 40 years to support the third and fourth year branch in Colorado Springs. Student tuition and philanthropy will also support the program.
Sports Medicine and Science Initiative
The vision for UCCS’ Sports Medicine and Science Initiative is to integrate sports medicine and sports science in the education, training, and treatment of high performance athletes. The Initiative is expected to serve able bodied athletes and athletes with disabilities. Activities and practices included within the Initiative are expected to reflect collaboration among clinicians and faculty and the integration of theory, practice, academics and research to build an evidence base for training and health care. UCCS expects that the Initiative will be housed in one of the two additional facilities that UCCS expects to construct in the Health and Wellness Village during the next two to four years.
The services to be provided as a part of the Initiative may include the following:
Sports MedicineSports Sciences
A high priority of the Initiative is to foster collaborative and interprofessional research efforts among clinicians and faculty. Research activities will be translational and focus on developing advanced strategies for the training and treatment of high performing athletes, including disabled athletes. The integration of clinical services and academic faculty provides opportunities for the implementation of new strategies across the spectrum of sports medicine care provided to the athletes.
The Initiative is expected to provide a rich resource to support academic programs for students. Clinical practices provided within the Initiative will serve as important clinical sites for educating and training students in the health professions. The Initiative will provide significant opportunities for the development of interprofessional education, offering a unique integrated and multidisciplinary approach to educating all levels of students. Health professionals working in practices established through the Initiative will serve as preceptors for students and, as appropriate, may hold faculty appointments at UCCS or in the School Of Medicine.
Additionally, these clinicians will serve as clinical and research professors in courses that are part of a pre-professional curriculum at UCCS, designed to prepare students to enter professional programs in sport health-related fields. These clinicians will also lecture and teach in conjunction with UCCS faculty in health professional and other academic programs offered at UCCS.
OVERVIEW OF THE RFI
On behalf of the Regents of the University of Colorado, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) seeks responses from interested parties, both individuals and organizations, who are interested in acquiring space, either as tenants or owners, in new facilities that the University plans to construct in the Health and Wellness Village.
This RFI seeks to identify those interested parties that would, through their clinical services or research activities and in collaboration with the University, improve human health or sports performance and advance the academic and research missions of the University.
Areas of Special Interest Areas of special interest to the University include:
Medical/health care practices in areas that would:
advance the UCCS sports medicine and science initiative;
enhance the clinical activities and services to be located in the Lane Center;
create, with UCCS programs and activities, collaborative centers of distinction in focused areas of health care, sports medicine and sports science;
create new or enhanced educational opportunities for students; or
support UCCS health-related programs and activities in other, substantial ways.
Such practices may include, but are not limited to, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, sports science, endocrinology, neurology, age management, women’s health, pharmacy/clinical pharmacology, biofeedback, sports psychology, physical therapy, and health promotion and wellness.
Practices or centers that focus on rehabilitation of sport or other types of orthopedic injuries, particularly practices that serve individuals with physical disabilities.
Practices or centers that provide medically-based fitness programs.
Prosthetic device companies or providers that specialize in artificial limbs and other types of devices supporting rehabilitation and recovery with life-enhancing technologies or other developments.
Practices, centers, or businesses that are interested in advancing, mentoring, and developing programs for pre-professional students (e.g. athletic trainers, pre-medical, pre-physical therapy and sports nutrition students) and for exercise science students who are interested in human performance testing, corporate wellness/fitness, biomechanics, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, cardiac rehabilitation and recreational therapy.
Firms or organizations interested in research involving health, engineering health, sports medicine, sports performance, health promotion, wellness or rehabilitation that would complement and provide education and research opportunities for faculty and students while expanding the academic and research mission of the University.
Other areas or specialties that would bring together clinicians, researchers, and educators to improve health or sports performance as well as enhance the academic and research opportunities at the University.
The University is seeking responses to the following questions. In responding, please explain your answers as necessary to provide full information.
Would you or your organization be interested in acquiring space in new facilities to be constructed in the Health and Wellness Village, either as a tenant or an owner, with the understanding that outside entities acquiring space in the facilities ordinarily would be expected to pay for the full cost of the space?
Please provide an overview of your practice, including patient population, volume, and areas of research. What clinical practice or research would you conduct in the space? What populations do you expect to serve in the space?
What credentials, licensures, and expertise can the University expect of the clinicians, staff, or researchers located in the facility?
Would you, your clinicians, providers, or researchers accept clinical faculty appointments at UCCS?
Would you, your clinicians, providers or researchers be interested in lecturing 3-4 times during an academic year to undergraduate or graduate students?
Would you, your clinicians, providers or researchers engage in collaborative research projects with UCCS faculty and graduate students and do you have ideas for such projects? Please describe.
Would you provide opportunities for student internships and clinical experiences?
Are you interested in and do you have experience with an interprofessional approach to health professions education and to prevention, diagnosis and treatment?
What areas of your practice or research do you believe are distinctive and could provide the focus for a center of distinction? Please describe. Would you be willing to collaborate with UCCS faculty or faculty from the School of Medicine in creating such areas of focus? If so, what departments or schools would you see as potential collaborators?
What do you envision as new educational opportunities for students that could result from your practice or research in the facility? Please describe.
In what other ways would the clinical practices, services, or research you conduct in the facility advance the UCCS sports medicine and science initiative; enhance the clinical activities and services to be located in the Lane Center; or support, in other ways, UCCS health-related programs and activities?
What do you see as the benefits or opportunities for your practice or research as a result of being located in University space?
What other information about your clinical or research programs or activities would be helpful to the University in identifying potential collaborators and occupants of these new facilities?
SECTION II -- OFFEROR RESPONSE FORMAT
The format of the response must include the following information. Responses should be limited to 10 pages.
Previous experience working with UCCS or other CU campuses, if applicable
Amount of square footage in space desired
Adjacencies needed/desired for enhancing potential collaborations
Type of space required or any special/unique requirements
Parking requirements in relation to the party’s operation in the building
Duration desired of possible agreement/association with the University
Responses to specific questions
SECTION III -- ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION Inquiries: During the process of review by potential interested parties, questions may be posed to the University by sending any questions in writing via email to William R. James, Manager Purchasing Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Monday April 29, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. MT. All questions and answers shall be published on or about Friday, May 6, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. MT. and will be posted on the State of Colorado BIDS system for all potential offerors to view.
The University reserves the right not to respond to questions received after this deadline. It is possible, depending on the nature of the question that the University may respond to late questions. The University requests that all interested parties work to adhere to the question deadline of Monday April 29, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. MT.
Responses: RESPONSES MUST BE RECEIVED BY May 17, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. MT at the location noted below. They may be mailed to the address given below. Electronic submissions are preferred and can be sent to email@example.com.