Submitted Application for a 2013 CIP Project

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I. Administrative Section 
Project Name: Indian Hills Curatorial Center Expansion - Nevada State Museum
Project Description (One Sentence): Re-requesting project #9198. The project expands the Indian Hills Curatorial Center south of Carson City on Topsy Lane to address substandard care and lack of space for irreplaceable collections entrusted to the Nevada State Museum, Nevada Historical Society, and Nevada State Railroad Museum by providing a master plan for the site and phase one planning and construction of a 20,000 square-foot building.
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). 20
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)
II. Narrative Section 
Project Justification (Essay)
Project Description: The project expands the Indian Hills Curatorial Center south of Carson City on Topsy Lane to address substandard care and inadequate space for irreplaceable collections entrusted to the Nevada State Museum, Nevada Historical Society, and Nevada State Railroad Museum. The project would produce a master plan for guiding long-term development at the site. Development would occur in phases. In addition to the master plan, the project would provide planning and construction for phase one, which would include a 20,000 square-foot building to address immediate and critical needs. The building will comply with professional museum standards for climate control, security, earthquakes, and access for high-value collections. Phase one will also construct parking, landscaping, and security fencing. Phase One Space Requirements: Nevada State Museum NDOT Warehouse 7,500, Nevada State Museum Basement 4,000, Nevada Historical Society 2,000, Nevada State Railroad Museum 2,000, Collection Growth (five years) 2,500, Curatorial Work, Receiving, Restrooms, etc. 2,000: Total 20,000. Additionial space requirements to be included in the Master Plan: Exhibits 4,000, Collection Growth (50 years +) 8,000, Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Center 6,000, Public Education (classroom) 2,000, Curatorial Work, Receiving, Research, Conservation 3,000, Offices and Restrooms 2,000: total 25,000.
Project Justification: Preserving Nevada’s heritage is fundamental to the statutory and mission responsibilities for the Nevada State Museum, Nevada Historical Society, and the Nevada State Railroad Museum within the Division of Museums and History. As mandated by NRS 381, the museums are charged with collecting, conserving, and securing objects significant to Nevada’s natural and cultural history. The museums use these objects in exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research for public benefit. Collections managed by these museums are highly significant and irreplaceable. The three museums require space with proper environmental controls, security, and access for over two and a quarter million objects. The Nevada State Museum is the official repository for an additional 2,000 cubic feet of Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Collections, which are collections excavated from statewide public lands. The museum continues to receive CRM collections and is expected to acquire a large collection next fiscal year. Space is running out. The Indian Hills site is a logical location for expansion. The Nevada State Museum owns the land and maintains a long history of use on the site. The land was purchased for the museum by a private foundation grant. The grant also funded construction of the original building completed in 1981. An addition was added in 1991. The existing building is in good condition. The site is large enough to accommodate additional buildings. The original master plan called for construction of three buildings. The size of the water tank was designed to handle fire suppression for additional buildings. The site is off the flood plane. The site is within a commercial and residential growth corridor between Carson City and Douglas County. The project will address the need to design landscaping, screens, and buildings visually appropriate for future development. Growth in the area may enhance security for the facility. The curatorial center is currently isolated and poorly lit. The master plan will include a total of 45,000 square feet of space to meet current and future needs over the next 50 years. Expansion will occur in phases to spread costs over a period of time. The phase one 20,000 square-foot building will address immediate and critical needs. The building will house collections stored in the Nevada State Museum’s substandard basement and NDOT Warehouse. The museum basement amounting to 4,000 square feet is at risk of flooding from street runoff and three floors of fire sprinklers. The NDOT Warehouse, comprising 7,500 square feet, is an extremely poor environment for collections. The museum doesn’t control use of the facility and may lose the space at any time. Since the last budget cycle, NDOT requested removal of collections from their facility. Existing buildings at the curatorial center are already full of collections. Absorbing additional collections from the NDOT warehouse would create extremely crowded and dangerous conditions, including unsafe access to collections by staff, increased fire hazards, and damage to valuable collections. Citizens and agencies have entrusted the long-term care of collections to the State of Nevada. Collaborating on a centralized facility for three agencies represents an efficient and cost-effective solution. A curatorial center must comprise high environmental, earthquake, and security standards. Centralizing collections into one facility results in major cost savings compared to developing separate collection facilities for each of the three museums. Museums will share loading docks, work space, moving equipment, furnishings, security systems, utilities, and other operating costs. Centralizing increases staff presence on the site, which is important for the security of personnel and valuable collections. Constructing a new building is less expensive than long-term costs of leasing space and moving collections when leases terminate. The accreditation commission of the American Association of Museums identified substandard conditions at the Indian Hills Curatorial Center and the NDOT Warehouse as serious accreditation issues. The commission tabled the Nevada State Museum’s accreditation for one year in 2006 to a large extent due to insufficient collection preservation at these facilities. Accreditation was later granted on the condition improvements are made to collection care. 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: The Nevada State Museum has requested expansion of collection storage facilities at the Indian Hills Curatorial Center the past five budget cycles. Since the last cycle, NDOT requested removal of 7,500 square feet of NSM and NHS collections from their warehouse in north Carson City. High-level intervention was required to avert loss of the space. The request by NDOT demonstrates their need for the space and the necessity to provide additional space at the Indian Hills site.
Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
Type of equipment to be replaced:
Year existing equipment was installed:
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Hazardous Materials (Asbestos, Lead Paint, etc.):
Will this project require any hazardous material abatement? Unknown
Ramifications if the Project is not Approved
(Short Essay): If the project is not approved, Northern Nevada museums will not meet professional standards of care for valuable collections documenting the state’s heritage or have space for selectively acquiring additional collections. Not achieving standards substantially increases the risk of deterioration and loss of Nevada’s heritage. The Nevada State Museum serves as the repository for collections excavated from public lands, usually due to construction and mining projects around the state. This curatorial service represents an important revenue source at $540 per cubic foot, which supports museum programs and services. Not having space will result in loss of revenue. Not providing proper access, environmental, earthquake, and security standards will lead to damage, loss, or deterioration of collections, necessitating expensive replacement or conservation treatment. When the NDOT warehouse is lost, the Nevada State Museum will incur the major cost of moving and leasing replacement space or closing exhibit galleries enjoyed by the public at the museum for storage of collections. Not obtaining additional storage space to improve collection conservation may lead to the loss of accreditation by the American Association of Museums. Accreditation provides verification of minimum professional standards, which is critical for enhancing credibility and support from within state government, outside funding sources, collection donors, and the general public. Not upgrading the landscaping and security could contribute to the negative impression of state facilities by the public and create potential hazardous situations as more people spend time in the vicinity.
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): Phase one planning and construction of a 20,000 square-foot building 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 building addresses immediate and critical needs for space for collections currently stored in substandard conditions inconsistent with statutory mandates. Collections stored at the NDOT warehouse, totaling 7,500 square feet, are significantly below standards and at high risk of deterioration and theft. The warehouse space is temporary, not under the control of museums, and subject to loss at anytime. If museums were required to vacate the space, most collections would go to the existing 15,440 square-foot building at Indian Hills, creating extremely crowded conditions. Crowded conditions would create unsafe and difficult access for staff using collections for exhibits, education programs, and research. Collections would be stacked on top of each other and stored in aisles, which creates hazardous access and violates fire codes. Crowded conditions result in increased fire hazards. Stacked collections are susceptible to falling on personnel. Crowded conditions would cause damage to valuable and irreplaceable collections. Some artifacts are more than 10,000 years old. Citizens and agencies have entrusted these collections to the State of Nevada for long-term preservation and educational use. Many items were donated to the state for long-term care. The state has a legal and ethical responsibility for providing proper care of collections. The accreditation commission of the American Association of Museums identified substandard conditions at the Indian Hills Curatorial Center and the NDOT Warehouse as serious accreditation issues. The commission tabled the Nevada State Museum’s accreditation for one year in 2006 to a large extent due to insufficient collection preservation at these facilities. Accreditation was later granted on the condition the museum achieves improvements to collection care. Additional storage space is necessary to improve care. 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): 0.0000
2. Off-site construction cost: 0.0000
3. On-site connection fees:
4. Utility connection fees:
5. Water rights deeded: 0.0000
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: 0.0000
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
(describe source of 'Other' funding):
Total:
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? Yes
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? Unknown
10. Will the site require an environmental assessment? Unknown
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): Unknown
V. Programming Section 
Programming (New construction, building remodels, and building additions only)
1. Has any architectural programming occurred? Yes
(Programming is an architectural definition of the needs/problems that must be addressed by the project) Yes
2. Has any advanced planning occurred in previous CIPs? No
3. Net Square footage required (including storage space)
New Construction SF: 20000
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: 5
6. Approximate number of visitors per day: 1
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):
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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