Minnesota State is the fourth largest system of higher education in the United States, serving 375,000+ students and employing 15,600+ faculty and staff each year. We continually seek vendors to fulfill purchasing and contracting needs for our 37 colleges and universities on 54 campuses across the state, as well as the system office. 

Our values extend beyond just finding a particular good or service for the best price. Rather, it's our intention to foster relationships with vendors who embrace price, quality, compliance, service, and speed and we encourage local, women, minority, veteran, and economically disadvantaged businesses to inquire. We appreciate your interest in doing business with Minnesota State!

New Vendors

Current Vendors

  • Review the current vendor opportunities listed below. Interested vendors should submit their sealed responses, along with signed forms and accompanying materials by the listed deadlines to the appropriate individuals. Email quotes will not be accepted.
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Competitive Bidding Process

  • Minnesota State must bid any good or service that is $50,000 or more. Competitive bidding allows Minnesota State to properly survey the marketplace and ensures compliance with federal, state, and Minnesota State regulations. Once you have received a request for bid or proposal, carefully review the requirements. Late bids will not be considered.

Vendors are not permitted to solicit business on Minnesota State premises unless requested. Cold calls or dropping in are not permitted. We will contact vendors based on the need for current projects. Registering and/or submitting a proposal does not guarantee selection.

Request for Bids (RFBs)

Click here to see a list of all construction bid opportunities. Then, from the list, click on a project to view, download and/or print its ad, plan holders, bid documents, and addenda. Interested vendors may view the bid documents at no cost, but there is a $10, non-refundable charge to download them.

Plan holders are parties who have downloaded the plans and specifications. Plan holders who download the plans and specifications may print them at their own expense. Paper copies are not provided. Only plan holders will be notified via email if an addenda is issued. Only plan holders will be allowed to bid on the project.

Request for Proposals (RFPs)

Property Appraisal Services
Proposals due Thursday, October 11, 2018 by 5pm CST

Addendum 1
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Data File 1, all buildings with CRV greater than $5 million, organized by campus here
Data File 2, all buildings with CRV greater than $5 million here

Century College Engineering and Applied Technology Center

2016 Predesign Applied Technology Center Century Predesign 100 percent
2018 Final Century Applied Technology Center predesign  

Mandatory pre-proposal meeting and tour is scheduled for Thursday, October 25 at 2:00pm in room 2555 of the East Campus of Century College, 3300 Century Avenue North, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Questions due Monday, October 29, 2018, 12:00 noon
Proposals due Monday, November 5, 2018, 12:00 noon
Shortlisted firms should be prepared for Interviews Tuesday, December 4, 2018



Request for Qualifications (RFQs)

 Minneapolis Community and Technical College
 RFQ  Student Affairs Renovation CM
Proposals due Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by 2 pm CST
 T-Building BWBR Student Affairs Study
 Stair Plans Details



Please check back for future opportunities...

Procurement Methods 

Several methods are used to select professional technical consultants based on project size, complexity, and specific requirements.

  • Direct Professional Contracts are generated from selected consultants if costs are less than $50,000.
  • Professional Technical Master Minnesota State IT Contract(s), currently only forensic services, may be used to provide services for a school using a work order template.
  • Facility Professional Technical Contracts

State of Minnesota Buy.IT Programs

  • ASAP-IT: The State of Minnesota Department of Administration and the Office of MN.IT Services have partnered to bring a fast and easy way to help state agencies and other government units eligible under the State’s cooperative purchasing venture (CPV) to secure IT professional services.
  • SITE Master Contract Program: The State of Minnesota Department of Administration and the Office of MN.IT Services operate a program for state agencies and other local units of government to contract for professional IT-related consulting and staff augmentation services in a streamlined process.