Submitted Application for a 2013 CIP Project

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I. Administrative Section 
Project Name: Railroad Museum Overflow Parking Lot and Lighting
Project Description (One Sentence): This project will allow the Nevada State Railroad Museum/Boulder City to provide additional parking spaces during periods of high visition/special events, accommodate oversized vehicles, such as buses and recreational vehicles and to provide exterior site lighting for needed security and night time events.
Project Location: County: Clark
Project Location: City: Boulder City
Department (department requesting project): Cultural Affairs
Division (division requesting project): Museums & History
Agency (agency requesting project): Railroad Museum
Agency contact person: Greg Corbin
Contact phone: (702) 486-5952
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). 13
Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? Yes
SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings) 9951
Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended) 9951SIT2
II. Narrative Section 
Project Justification (Essay)
Project Description: The scope of this project is to provide overflow parking facilities/driveways/lighting for museum visitors and to provide ad space for school/tour buses and other oversized vehicles to conveniently park. This project will greatly enhance the museum’s ability to offer safe unobstructed parking facilities, especially during high visitation periods and special events. The purpose of this project is to improve our current museum services by increasing the number of available paved parking spaces. With only 43 spaces available, there are numerous times when the existing facilities are insufficient to accommodate the turnover rate. This creates the need for our visitors to seek other parts of the property by parking in areas that are currently unimproved.
Project Justification: The Nevada State Railroad Museum is in its tenth year of operation and has seen tremendous growth in visitation since the original 49-space parking lot was constructed in 2002. Unfortunately, the facility has been dealing the strains of that growth and needs to expand and improve upon its exisiting facilities. In 2002, the NSRM began offering limited excursion train rides with a staff of one and a handful of volunteers. By 2011 we accommodated nearly 33,000 visitors and our numbers continue to grow has we gain increased exposure. Currently, we have three state employees and nearly 60 active volunteers providing weekend train rides (year round), weekly field trips for Clark County school children and special tour groups. The museum also hosts a number of special events throughout the year that bring in thousands of addtional visitors (i.e. Train Robbery, Day out with Thomas, Halloween Express and our annual Santa Train). The NSRM hopes to enhance the visitor’s experience by providing safe and sufficient parking space during peck periods of visitation. Our goal is to continue offering the highest quality attraction for families, train enthusiasts, educators, and individuals who are interested in the cultural experience of Southern Nevada.
Project Background Information: Currently, the NSRM/BC consists of a Railroad Maintenance Facility, a Railroad Passenger Platform and an open-air Display Pavilion. All facilities are located within the ex-Union Pacific Rail Yards in Boulder City. However, Yucca Street separates the Maintenance Facility from the Railroad Passenger Platform, which is where all of the current services are centered and where the proposed expanded parking facilities would be located. It should be noted that this will be the third biennium/attempt in which this project has been submitted for consideration. Both the expanded parking and site lighting projects were identified in the Boulder City Railroad Museum Facility Condition Analysis, dated April 2010 (projects #9951SIT2 and #9951SFT1).
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? No
Ramifications if the Project is not Approved
(Short Essay): If this project is not approved, the NSRM would be unable to improve upon its current level of services. • The museum would continue to inconvenience visitors by not providing safe and adequate parking facilities during periods of high visitation. • The museum would be forced to continue utilizing other portions of property that remain unimproved and pose potential hazards, thus creating various liability issues. • Other issues would include dust mediation and insufficient drainage issues that result in erosion damage. • The museum would also continue to inconvenience our handicap visitors that might be traveling in oversized recreational vehicles. • Lastly, the museum is forced to restrict or limit night time events due to the lack of security/safety lighting within our existing parking facilities.
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): 1. The current 43-space/6-handicap parking lot can be very inadequate and routinely fills up during peak periods of high visitation and or during special events. Visitors looking for additional parking space are forced to seek other areas of the property that are remain unimproved and pose numerous tripping hazards while walking to and from the railroad passenger facilities. There are numerous elevation issues, rocks, pot holes and debris that pose safety hazards for museum visitors. Also, there is no security/safety lighting within our current parking facilities, which limits our ability to provide a safe environment during night time events. 2. Currently, there is inadequate space for school buses to turn around or park and there are no available parking spaces for oversized vehicles, such as RV's 3. The existing parking lot has no exterior site lighting, which creates problems for museum visitors and security related issues.
Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
1. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? No
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?
What is the driving proposed completion date?
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:
(describe deficiencies)
13. Costs of any known commitments:
(describe commitments)
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 260400
(describe source of 'Other' funding):
Total: 260400
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) 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? No
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: 40000
Remodel/Renovation SF:
Addition SF
Total project SF:
4. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Utility/Misc
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?
8. For existing facilities, are there any known hazardous materials? (i.e., Asbestos, lead paint or underground storage tanks):
9. How many years of future growth will this project accommodate? 10
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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