Submitted Application for a 2013 CIP Project

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I. Administrative Section 
Project Name: Renovation / re-use (E) Liefson Physics building
Project Description (One Sentence): Renovation / adaptive re-use of approximately 4,500 sf of instructional lab/classroom space within the existing Leifson Physics Building for new research functions. Project work to included code upgrades to ADA access and Life safety systems required in existing facilities experiencing major renovation work.
Project Location: County: Washoe
Project Location: City: Reno
Department (department requesting project): NSHE
Division (division requesting project): UNR
Agency (agency requesting project): N/A
Agency contact person: John Walsh
Contact phone: 775-784-6514
Contact email:
At the Department level ranking of this project:
The Department will rank their projects 1 through the lowest ranked project (i.e., If 5 projects were submitted by the Department a ranking of 1 would be assigned to the most important or most needed project and a ranking of 5 would be the least needed project). 15
Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? Yes
SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings) N/A
Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended) N/A
II. Narrative Section 
Project Justification (Essay)
Project Description: The 39 year old Liefson Physics building has neither a compliant fire sprinkler system nor fire and smoke alarm systems. As a major component of the project, both of these life safety systems will be installed to current code requirements. In addition the facility has numerous ADA barriers that have been identified in the campus transition plan. All access barriers that are associated with the renovated spaces, as well as barriers to the building general public services that are located along an accessible pathway to the renovations, will be removed. This project was previuosly included on 2011 Capital Improvement requests
Project Justification: The adaptive re-use of the existing instructional spaces, which are both generally outdated and lack basic instructional technology for such usage, into new research space and functions will better support the long term needs of the Physics Department and University in general. Upgrades to deficient life safety systems and removal of existing ADA barriers within the building will also remove potentially series safety and access liabilities within the facility.
Project Background Information: The current spaces being proposed for renovation and adaptive re-use within the Liefson Physics building include spaces that currently function as instructional classrooms / Laboratory spaces and associated prep and storage rooms. All of these existing spaces are planned to be centralized / relocated into new facilities within the Davidson Math and Science building. The shift in these instructional spaces occurred prior to the start of the fall semester 2010. The existing space inside Liefson Physics has been available for adaptive re-use since that time but has remained unaltered and therefore under utilized. Necessary life safety system and Code compliance upgrading, which would be mandated by significant remodeling of the building remains incomplete.
Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
Type of equipment to be replaced: N/A
Year existing equipment was installed: N/A
Manufacturer of existing equipment: N/A
Model of existing equipment: N/A
Hazardous Materials (Asbestos, Lead Paint, etc.):
Will this project require any hazardous material abatement? Yes
Ramifications if the Project is not Approved
(Short Essay): If this project is not approved, the existing Liefson Physics Building will continue to contain numerous older instructional spaces, which neither meet current instructional needs nor planned research functions. The building will continue to operate without adequate life safety support systems and existing ADA access barriers will continue to be a potential liability to the institution.
Health, Life Safety, and/or Legal Issues
Please describe any health, life safety, and/or legal issues that will be resolved by completing this project (Short Essay): The building currently does not have compliant fire suppression or alarm systems. There are numerous ADA barriers and asbestos containing materials present in the facility
Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
1. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? Yes
Explain: Several offices, classrooms, and labratories will need to be vacated to accomplish the 6500 sf of renovation work that is associated with this request.
Has any design work been completed on the proposed project? No
What is the latest date this project could be completed without disrupting your program? 3-1-2016
What is the driving proposed completion date? 3-1-2016
III. Cost Estimate Section 
Preliminary Cost Estimate and Funding Sources (The SPWD will prepare all final cost estimates. This schedule is for preliminary purposes only.)
1. Land Cost (if land must be purchased): 0.0000
2. Off-site construction cost: 0.0000
3. On-site connection fees: 50000
4. Utility connection fees: 5000
5. Water rights deeded: 0.0000
6. Furniture, Fixture and equipment costs: 120000
7. Specialty equipment costs 102000
8. Data and network equipment costs: 75000
9. Telephone equipment costs: 5000
10. Moving costs: 10000
11. Costs for renovation of vacated space: 1080000
12. Costs for correction of known deficiencies: 1079000
(describe deficiencies) Building lacks complete fire suppression and fire alarm systems, ADA barriers exist within the facility and would require removal when the building renovations occur
13. Costs of any known commitments: 1083000
(describe commitments) A&E fees, permitting, misc permitting and printing, special inspection, escallation to 2016, contingency
14. Costs of any hazardous material abatement: 43000
(describe hazardous materials) Abatement of asbestos containing materials
15. Total project costs: 0.0000
16. Proposed funding of total project cost: 0.0000
a. Agency: 0.0000
b. Federal 0.0000
c. Other/Donor 0.0000
d. State 3654000
(describe source of 'Other' funding):
Total: 3654000
17. Agency point of contact for outisde funding if 16a, 16b, or 16c funding sources are providing funds.
a. Name John Walsh
b. Phone Number 775-784-6514
c. Email Address
IV. Analysis Section 
Site Analysis (New construction only)
1. Estimated land area to be acquired (acres) 0
2. Will this project require new parking spaces? No
3. Are utilities available to site? Yes
4. Will project require relocation of existing utilities? No
5. Are there any required off-site improvements (or right-of-way dedications)? No
6. Is the site in a flood plane? No
7. Is the site in an airport impact zone? No
8. Does the site contain any underground storage tanks? No
9. Does the site contain any adverse soil conditions? No
10. Will the site require an environmental assessment? No
11. Will rezoning or a special use permit be required? No
12. Will any connection fees need to be paid? Yes
13. Will any water rights need to be deeded? No
14. Will construction traffic degrade existing access or facilities? No
15. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement? Yes
16. Other site considerations affecting cost? (describe): Unknown
V. Programming Section 
Programming (New construction, building remodels, and building additions only)
1. Has any architectural programming occurred? No
(Programming is an architectural definition of the needs/problems that must be addressed by the project) No
2. Has any advanced planning occurred in previous CIPs? No
3. Net Square footage required (including storage space)
New Construction SF: 0
Remodel/Renovation SF: 4500
Addition SF 0
Total project SF:
4. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Educational
5. Approximate quantity of staff to occupy facility: 100
6. Approximate number of visitors per day: 2000
7. Will this project require funding for any furnishings, fixtures and equipment? Yes
8. For existing facilities, are there any known hazardous materials? (i.e., Asbestos, lead paint or underground storage tanks): Yes
9. How many years of future growth will this project accommodate? 15
10. List of required facilites (laboratory space, classroom space, office space, conference rooms, cafeterias, maintenance shops, garages) and any unusual related equipment required for your project: labratory space, classroom space, office space
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