Submitted Application for a 2013 CIP Project

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I. Administrative Section 
Project Name: 4kV Electrical distribution System Replacement, Phase1
Project Description (One Sentence): This project is the first phase of replacing the exisiting antiquated 4kV electrical distribution system.
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: Mike Bennett
Contact phone: 775-682-7185
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). 03
Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? Yes
SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings)
Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended)
II. Narrative Section 
Project Justification (Essay)
Project Description: This project is the first phase of replacing the existing antiquated 4kV elctrical system. The system is largely located on the south end of campus serving mainly the older facilities. This phase would upgrade the oldest, most unreliable systems on campus. The voltage for the new system would be 25kV, matching the newer systems on campus. All system components would be dead front, providing protection for maintenance personnel from high voltages. Also there is a 4kV distribution system on the north end of campus, but it was constructed much later and is not a part of this project. The total estimated cost for upgrading the entire 4kV system would be approximately 18 million dollars at today's prices.
Project Justification: This electrical distribution system is supplied by the NV Energy Evans street Substation, which is one of the oldest and last 4kV substations in the Reno area. Most have been replaced by 25kV substations that utilize newer, safer, and more reliable equipment designs. The campus distribution system is approximately 65 years old and utilizes both obsolete oil switches and open connection transformers. Parts for these major electrical distribution components are increasing difficult to procure. If a major failure occurred (multiple failures at once) campus buildings could be without power for a significant amount of time. Safety of maintenance personnel is also an important factor as much of this system uses live front components with exposed high voltages.
Project Background Information: The 4kV campus electrical distribution system was last upgraded in the 1960s. As new builds were constructed adding to, or replacing older structures they have either been connected to this system or provided with 25kV service if available.
Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
Type of equipment to be replaced: High voltage cable, conduit,switches, transformers
Year existing equipment was installed: 1960s
Manufacturer of existing equipment: Various
Model of existing equipment: Various
Hazardous Materials (Asbestos, Lead Paint, etc.):
Will this project require any hazardous material abatement? No
Ramifications if the Project is not Approved
(Short Essay): As parts for these major electrical distribution components are increasingly difficult to procure, a major system failure (multiple failures at once due to electrical stress) may leave campus buildings without power for a significant amount of time.
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): Maintenace personnel are exposed to open front high voltage terminations presenting the danger of potential contact with high voltage.
Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
1. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? No
Explain: Final connections would be completed on weekends causing minimal interruption to service.
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? 09/2014
What is the driving proposed completion date? 09/2014
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):
2. Off-site construction cost:
3. On-site connection fees:
4. Utility connection fees:
5. Water rights deeded:
6. Furniture, Fixture and equipment costs:
7. Specialty equipment costs
8. Data and network equipment costs:
9. Telephone equipment costs:
10. Moving costs:
11. Costs for renovation of vacated space:
12. Costs for correction of known deficiencies: 5698767
(describe deficiencies) Replace aging cable, conduit, switches, and transformers.
13. Costs of any known commitments: 1932686
(describe commitments) Contingency - $1,139,753 Design Fees - $502,631 SPWD Management - $222,252 Testing - $54,138 Inspection/Permit - $6,553 Misc. - $7,358
14. Costs of any hazardous material abatement:
(describe hazardous materials)
15. Total project costs:
16. Proposed funding of total project cost:
a. Agency:
b. Federal
c. Other/Donor
d. State 7631454
(describe source of 'Other' funding):
Total: 7631454
17. Agency point of contact for outisde funding if 16a, 16b, or 16c funding sources are providing funds.
a. Name
b. Phone Number
c. Email Address
IV. Analysis Section 
Site Analysis (New construction only)
1. Estimated land area to be acquired (acres)
2. Will this project require new parking spaces? No
3. Are utilities available to site? Yes
4. Will project require relocation of existing utilities? Yes
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? No
16. Other site considerations affecting cost? (describe): No
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:
Remodel/Renovation SF:
Addition SF
Total project SF:
4. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Select
5. Approximate quantity of staff to occupy facility:
6. Approximate number of visitors per day:
7. Will this project require funding for any furnishings, fixtures and equipment? No
8. For existing facilities, are there any known hazardous materials? (i.e., Asbestos, lead paint or underground storage tanks): Unknown
9. How many years of future growth will this project accommodate?
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:
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