University of Illinois System

July 2023 Newsletter

Posted on 08/03/2023

Retainer Renewals and UIC JOCs Contract Renewals

Congratulations to all staff involved in completing all FY24 renewals and executing renewal agreements before the end of June. UOCP will be updating the Retainer Policy this Fall to include lessons learned and better define procedures for FY25 renewals. UOCP will also be updating the TEAMS tracking document for use by all universities for their future renewal submissions.

Cycle 23.2 July Systems Updates

U of I System Capital Updates for July were communicated to U of I staff and PRZM registered vendors on 7/26/23. The vendors received a shorter communication with updates identified relevant to them. UOCP will be sending a request for suggested improvements in September for the January 2024 System Capital Updates. The current July Cycle 23.2 Capital Updates communication can be found on the UOCP website under Announcements at the following link:

Kahua Update

During the months of June and July, the university’s implementation consultant, OnIndus, hosted several Discovery Sessions with the university, which included Subject Matter Experts from all three campuses, AITS, and the Office of Capital Programs, with the goal of examining the current processes within our current project management and financial management systems. OnIndus and the university are working together to schedule design sessions during the month of August where the team will start to get into more detail on these processes. Thank you to all the team members for their excellent participation and work so far on this project!

Annual Report Highlights (October release)

Did you know that the University of Illinois System is currently managing $1.6 billion in active capital projects? This includes 268 projects in planning and design and 284 projects in construction.

Project Highlight - Ubben Basketball Complex

Exterior View The Ubben Basketball Practice Complex, which serves as the daily home for the Fighting Illini women's and men's basketball programs, recently concluded a two-year renovation doubling the facility's size, while incorporating the nation's best technologies and advancements in sports performance, sports medicine, sports science, sports nutrition, and basketball training. The renovation added approximately 40,000 SF to the existing structure, while remodeling more than 40,000 SF of existing space. A hallmark of the project includes a new atrium lobby space and areas to host recruits and small groups. Two new half courts were added to both the women’s and men’s current gym space, giving the two programs additional space to work on development while not disrupting full-court action. The renovation also converted the existing office and team areas into a large training area and a study room, that can also be used for team dining.

View of the weight room (left) and view of the court (right) "When it was originally built, Ubben set the national standard for basketball facilities and helped drive a decade of unparalleled programmatic success. With this project, Ubben again becomes the preeminent practice facility in all of college basketball. We are already beginning to see its impact on the court, as evidenced by last year's Big Ten men's championship and our ability to recruit a coach like Shauna Green, who has led one of women's basketball's most impressive turnaround stories." – Director of Athletics, Josh Whitman