Submitted Application for a 2013 CIP Project

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I. Administrative Section 
Project Name: Railroad Museum Visitors Center
Project Description (One Sentence): The NSRM/BC proposes to contstruct a new centralized visitors center that will allow museum visitors to view historical narritives/artifacts, receive information, browse through an expanded museum store and purchase train ride tickets all in one convenient location.
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). 17
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)
II. Narrative Section 
Project Justification (Essay)
Project Description: The scope of this project proposes to demolish the current Museum Store (196 sq ft.) structure located on the Railroad Passenger Platform and construct a new larger (approx.) 15’ X 80’ visitor’s center that will combine a museum store, ticket office, an administrative office and provide much needed storage space. It’s proposed to have the new facility open to the public 5-7 days a week. This project will greatly enhance the museum’s ability to offer a centralized location where visitors can view historical interprative displays, receive information, browse through a museum store, and purchase train ride tickets all within a comfortable climate-controlled environment. The main goal of this project is to improve our current situation, in which there are two very small seperate buildings that serve as the Museum Store and Ticket Office. At only 196 sq. ft., the museum store can only accommodate several people at any given time, thus discouraging museum visitors from entering and possibly purchasing merchandise. Both the Museum Store and Ticket Office serve similar functions and could easily be combined into one convenient location, thus cutting down on duplication. With the current layout of separate locations, it requires two individuals to perform similar types of duties and there are numerious times in which one individual could fill both functions.
Project Justification: The Nevada State Railroad Museum/BC is in its tenth year of operation and has seen tremendous growth during that time, as many of our original goals have been achieved or exceeded . Unfortunately, the facility has been dealing with the strains of growth and needs to enhance its facilities to serve museum visitors more conveniently. In 2002, the facility began offering limited excursion train rides with a staff of one and a handful of volunteers. By 2011 the NSRM/BC accommodated nearly 33,000 visitors and that number continues to grow as the NSRM/BC increases its exposure. Currently, the NSRM/BC has three state employees and nearly 60 active volunteers offering regularly scheduled train rides (year round) and offering weekly field trips for Clark County school children. The NSRM/BC also hosts a number of special events that draw thounsands of addtional visitors through out the year. We believe that this new visitors center will help enhance the visitor’s experience and provide a more efficient/convenient/secure working atmosphere for everyone. The main 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 (2007), which are located within the ex-Union Pacific Rail Yards in Boulder City, NV. It should be noted that Yucca Street separates the Railroad Maintenance Facility (which currently houses the administrative offices) from the Railroad Passenger Platform, where the proposed new center would be constructed. The public/visitors could be better and more conveniently served by having the admistrative staff located within the new visitors center, where services would be located in one loaction. The submital of this application will be the third biennium/attempt in which this project has been submitted for consideration.
Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
Type of equipment to be replaced:
Year existing equipment was installed:
Manufacturer of existing equipment:
Model of existing equipment:
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/BC would not be able to improve upon its current status and level of services provided to museum visitors. • Inconvenience to museum visitors by having them travel back and forth between exsiting ticket office and gift shop to conduct transactions. • Continued struggle with staffing issues for two separate locations. • Difficulties with communication between gift shop staff and ticket office staff. • Difficulties with security for monies left in cash register and safe. • Inadequate square footage needed for museum store and storage of merchandise. • Inadequate location for dispensing information to museum visitors. • Inadequate protection for our visitors during extreme weather, such as thunder storms and periods of excessive heat. • Inadequate handicap accessibility issues.
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 gift shop and ticket office do not meet all of the required ADA specifications for handicap accessibility. The gift shop may not always be accessible for our handicapped visitors due to limitations within the 196 sq. ft. space and the service counters located at our ticket office windows are known to be too high according to required handicap standards. 2. The gift shop’s current configuration and location on the railroad passenger platform have created a narrow passageway (approx. 6’) adjacent to the railroad tracks thus creating a serious safety hazard while trains are operating along side. Unfortunately, this situation happens to exist within the most congested portion of the 310’ long passenger platform. By removing and reaplacing the current Ticket Office and Museum Store...the full width (22') of the passenger depot would be unobstructed, thus greatly reducing the danger that currently exists now.
Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
1. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? Yes
Explain: The current museum store would have to be temporarly relocted to another location during the construction phase, possibly within the exsting Crew Quarters.
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 190000
(describe source of 'Other' funding):
Total: 190000
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: 1200
Remodel/Renovation SF:
Addition SF
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: 3
6. Approximate number of visitors per day:
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): No
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: Project will combine visitor center, museum store and ticket office into one facility. In addition, there will be an attached administrative office with storge space for store merchandise and back stock.
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