Submitted Application for a 2013 CIP Project

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I. Administrative Section 
Project Name: Landscape Renovations
Project Description (One Sentence): Convert turf (lawn) to desert (xeriscape) landscaping
Project Location: County: Clark
Project Location: City: Las Vegas
Department (department requesting project): DHHS
Division (division requesting project): MH/DS
Agency (agency requesting project): Desert Regional Center
Agency contact person: Darrel Hansen
Contact phone: (702) 486-6333
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). 5
Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? Yes
SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings) 9993 Site
Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended) 9993SIT6
II. Narrative Section 
Project Justification (Essay)
Project Description: Convert approximately 180,000 – 200,000 square feet of lawn to desert (xeriscape) landscaping to conserve water and reduce utility costs. Request covers all aspects of project, including but not limited to: design, protection of existing trees and/or shrubs, removal and disposal of sod other related materials, installation of appropriate watering systems, plants, ground cover, etc.
Project Justification: Maintaining lawn in the desert climate of Las Vegas is costly due to the price of water and labor to maintain it. The continued population growth and drought conditions in Las Vegas dictates a high priority to conserving water and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) continues to offer incentives to convert lawn to desert landscaping (currently offering a rebate of $1.50 per square foot for conversion.) The SNWA is also increasing their water rates as an incentive to conserve. Reference: Facility Condition Analysis Report, March 2008. LANDSCAPE RENOVATIONS – Project Index #: 9993SIT6 The existing landscaping on the site consists of a large amount of lawn interspersed with trees and shrubbery. The maintenance staff noted that the lawn is a maintenance problem due to the cost of water and labor to maintain it in the desert climate of Las Vegas. This project would provide for removal of most of the lawn and replacement with a xeriscape landscape while preserving the more mature trees and shrubbery.
Project Background Information: Requested in each biennial budget submission since 2008. With increasing water costs DRC has reviewed the type of landscaping throughout the campus and how each area is used. The areas used for activities by the people served at DRC will remain lawn while areas serving mainly an aesthetic purpose will be converted to desert landscaping with ground covers and plants suited for the Las Vegas climate.
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? Unknown
Ramifications if the Project is not Approved
(Short Essay): Substantial quantities of water will continue to be used in maintaining DRC’s landscaping. Utility costs will continue to escalate as water rates increase.
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): Conservation of water in the desert environment of Las Vegas is a socially responsible investment. The continued population growth and drought conditions in Las Vegas dictates a high priority to conserving water and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) continues to offer incentives to convert lawn to desert landscaping (currently offering a rebate of $1.50 per square foot up to the first 5,000 sq.ft. per year. The rebate drops to and $1.00 per sq.ft. for anything over 5,000 sq. ft. converted in the same year.) The SNWA is also increasing their water rates as an incentive to conserve.
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? Unknown
What is the latest date this project could be completed without disrupting your program? 12/31/2014
What is the driving proposed completion date? High cost of maintaining lawn in the desert environment of Las Vegas and the social responsibility to conserve water.
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: 561672
(describe deficiencies) Breakdown of costs and sources of funding is unknown; total dollar amount used is from the CIP request prepared for the 2011 legislative session.
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 561672
(describe source of 'Other' funding): Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) will rebate customers $1.50 per square foot of grass removed and replaced with desert landscaping up to the first 5,000 square feet converted per property, per year. Beyond the first 5,000 feet, SNWA will provide a rebate of $1 per square foot. The maximum award for any property in a fiscal year is $300,000. The State would have to pay to complete the project but this rebate has the potential to substantially off-set the total cost once the project is completed.
Total: 561672
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)? Unknown
6. Is the site in a flood plane? Unknown
7. Is the site in an airport impact zone? Unknown
8. Does the site contain any underground storage tanks? Unknown
9. Does the site contain any adverse soil conditions? Unknown
10. Will the site require an environmental assessment? Unknown
11. Will rezoning or a special use permit be required? Unknown
12. Will any connection fees need to be paid? Unknown
13. Will any water rights need to be deeded? Unknown
14. Will construction traffic degrade existing access or facilities? Unknown
15. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement? Unknown
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? 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? Unknown
3. Net Square footage required (including storage space)
New Construction SF:
Remodel/Renovation SF: 200000
Addition SF
Total project SF:
4. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Institutional
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? Unknown
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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