Submitted Application for a 2013 CIP Project

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I. Administrative Section 
Project Name: HVAC Installation - Indian Hills Curatorial Center - Nevada State Museum
Project Description (One Sentence): Re-requesting project #9179. The project provides new HVAC at the Nevada State Museum’s Indian Hills Curatorial Center south of Carson City on Topsy Lane to preserve valuable collections entrusted to three museum’s in the Division of Museums and History for long-term care and to maintain accreditation by the American Association of Museums.
Project Location: County: Carson City
Project Location: City: Carson City
Department (department requesting project): Cultural Affairs
Division (division requesting project): Museums & History
Agency (agency requesting project): Nevada State Museum
Agency contact person: Jim Barmore, Museum Director
Contact phone: 775-687-4810 ext. 226
Contact email: jbarmore@nevadaculture.org
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). 12
Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? Yes
SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings) 0860
Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended) 0860HVA1
II. Narrative Section 
Project Justification (Essay)
Project Description: The project installs an energy efficient HVAC system at the Nevada State Museum’s Indian Hills Curatorial Center south of Carson City on Topsy Lane to provide a stable and cleaner environment for preserving sensitive and valuable collections entrusted to the Nevada State Museum, Nevada Historical Society, and Nevada State Railroad Museum. HVAC will also improve the comfort and air quality for staff, volunteers, interns, and members of the public. The project includes a structural analysis to verify roof load capabilities for HVAC units.
Project Justification: Installation of fully functional HVAC at the Indian Hills Curatorial Center enables three museums to meet statutory mandates for safeguarding collections per NRS 381. The Nevada State Museum manages the Indian Hills Curatorial Center. The center houses collections owned by the State of Nevada under the control of the Nevada State Museum, Nevada Historical Society, and the Nevada State Railroad Museum. These collections total over two million objects. The center also preserves the Nevada State Museum’s Cultural Resource Management Collection, comprising collections excavated from statewide public lands. This collection totals an estimated 2,000 cubic feet. Many objects are made out of sensitive organic materials, which are prone to deterioration. Some artifacts are more than 10,000 years old. Preserving collections requires proper environmental controls to minimize fluctuations of temperature and relative humidity. Fluctuations damage collections. HVAC stabilizes temperature and creates a more dust-free environment. Preservation of collections requires a stable temperature of sixty-five to seventy degrees. Minimally functioning “Reznor” type heaters are currently used at the center. Inadequate heat distribution creates temperature fluctuations. The units provide no cooling during extreme summertime temperatures. HVAC provides a cleaner, more comfortable, and safer work environment for staff, interns, volunteers, and researchers. The accreditation commission of the American Association of Museums identified substandard conditions at the Indian Hills Curatorial Center, including inadequate environmental controls, as a serious accreditation issue. The commission tabled the Nevada State Museum’s accreditation for one year to a large extent due to insufficient environmental controls for collection preservation. Accreditation was later granted on the condition the museum pursues improvements to the environment. The museum was the first museum in the state to achieve accreditation and has maintained accreditation since 1972. Accreditation verifies the museum meets minimum professional standards, which is critical for enhancing credibility and support from within state government, outside funding sources, collection donors, and the general public.
Project Background Information: During the previous three budget cycles, the museum requested CIPs for improving environmental conditions for collections at the Indian Hills Curatorial Center.
Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
Type of equipment to be replaced: HVAC, Ceiling mount blower
Year existing equipment was installed: c. 1981
Manufacturer of existing equipment: Reznor
Model of existing equipment:
Hazardous Materials (Asbestos, Lead Paint, etc.):
Will this project require any hazardous material abatement? Unknown
Ramifications if the Project is not Approved
(Short Essay): Environmental conditions significantly impact the stability of sensitive, valuable, and irreplaceable collections documenting Nevada’s heritage. Some artifacts are more than 10,000 years old. These collections will deteriorate and not survive long-term. Collections were entrusted to the State of Nevada for preservation. Museums will not fulfill statutory requirements. Museums are mandated to preserve collections for the benefit of generations hundreds of years in the future. The Nevada State Museum may lose subsequent accreditation, impacting public confidence, resources, and professional status.
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): Installation of fully functional HVAC at the Indian Hills Curatorial Center enables museums in the Division of Museums and History to meet statutory mandates per NRS 381 to preserve Nevada’s prehistory, history, and natural history. The center houses collections owned by the State of Nevada under the control of the Nevada State Museum, Nevada Historical Society, and the Nevada State Railroad Museum. The center also preserves the Nevada State Museum’s Cultural Resource Management Collection, comprising collections excavated from statewide public lands. Some artifacts at the center are more than 10,000 years old. HVAC stabilizes temperature and creates a more dust-free environment necessary for the long-term preservation of collections. HVAC provides cleaner air and mitigates temperature extremes for a safer and more comfortable working environment for staff, interns, volunteers, and researchers. The accreditation commission of the American Association of Museums identified substandard conditions at the Indian Hills Curatorial Center, including inadequate environmental controls, as a serious accreditation issue. The commission tabled the Nevada State Museum’s accreditation for one year to a large extent due to insufficient environmental controls for collection preservation. Accreditation was later granted on the condition the museum pursues improvements to the environment. The museum was the first museum in the state to achieve accreditation and has maintained accreditation since 1972. Accreditation verifies the museum meets minimum professional standards, which is critical for enhancing credibility and support from within state government, outside funding sources, collection donors, and the general public.
Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
1. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? No
Explain:
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:
NOTE: COSTS FOR EXTENDED LEASE AGREEMENTS MUST BE INCLUDED IN YOUR OPERATING BUDGET
16. Proposed funding of total project cost:
a. Agency:
b. Federal
c. Other/Donor
d. State 440321
(describe source of 'Other' funding):
Total: 440321
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? Unknown
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? Unknown
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? Unknown
(Programming is an architectural definition of the needs/problems that must be addressed by the project) Unknown
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) : Storage
5. Approximate quantity of staff to occupy facility: 8
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? 25
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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