Submitted Application for a 2013 CIP Project

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I. Administrative Section 
Project Name: Renovate DRI Boulder City Laboratory
Project Description (One Sentence): Complete renovation of DRI’s Boulder City science building and grounds constructed in 1977, to include fire, HVAC , ADA, and correction of other code deficiencies and building defects.
Project Location: County: Clark
Project Location: City: Boulder City
Department (department requesting project): NSHE
Division (division requesting project): DRI
Agency (agency requesting project): N/A
Agency contact person: Peter Ross
Contact phone: 775-673-7388
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). 21
Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? Yes
SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings) 1651
Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended)
II. Narrative Section 
Project Justification (Essay)
Project Description: The scope of this project consists of two parts: The design and renovation of DRI’s 4,284 sf Boulder City laboratory science facility; and the advanced planning through Schematic Design for the 20 year programmatic needs. Improvements to the existing facility include basic adaptive renovations of the facilities systems and spaces; ADA access improvements and replacement/repair of failed building systems. Site improvements include ADA access and new fire water lines/connections. The renovated space will provide support to DRI’s new Nevada’s Subsurface Facility for “Scaling Environmental Processes in Heterogeneous Arid Soils” (SEPHAS). The advanced planning portion will identify the space needs of the research facility located at the site. This planning will also include the analysis of the feasibility or suitability of the existing structure being included in the long range plan for this research facility.
Project Justification: Renovation of this facility is critical to the support the SEPHAS program. The primary funding for the SHEPAS project is the National Science Foundation. Unfortunately, these funds may not be used to pay for building improvements. The current facility is outdated and does not comply with ADA or State Fire Marshal requirements. In addition, there are major deficiencies associated with the age of the building including lack of fume hoods, outdated mechanical & electrical power systems needed for contemporary science programs, low quality experiment workrooms/labs and roof leaks and other problems with the building envelope. Should the project not be funded, the operation of SHEPHAS will be severely compromised by the lack of a fully operational support building for the experiments. The advanced planning will develop the long term needs of the Institute at this research facility/site.
Project Background Information: Constructed in 1977, the building was designed to house a solar research program that was a major part of DRI’s research during that time. The solar research program ended in the mid 1980s. During the 1990s the facility was used for cooperative programs with UNLV and the National Park Service. When the cooperative program with the National Park Service ended, DRI closed the facility due to major defects (the facility was then reopened in a limited capacity when the SHEPAS program was initiated). The proposed renovation work will meet the minimum needs of the current research program, but the existing facility is limited in being able to provide the Institute with long term modernized research space. The renovation portion of this project was previously requested in the 2009 &2011 CIP.
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? Yes
Ramifications if the Project is not Approved
(Short Essay): Because the project was not been previously funded, the operation of Nevada’s Subsurface Facility for Scaling Environmental Processes in Heterogeneous Arid Soils has been compromised by the lack of a fully operational support building for the experiment. The progressive failure of the building envelope has led to leaks and system failures beyond the scope of routine maintenance/repair.
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): The facility does not meet ADA requirements; does not meet OSHA ventilation requirements for laboratory space; lacks fire sprinklers and alarms; and has numerous leaks and defects in the building envelope. Failure to renovate the facility will lead to closure of the building.
Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
1. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? Yes
Explain: Due to the scope of the renovation required and small size of the facility, it will not be possible to partially occupy the building while renovation is underway.
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: 16248
5. Water rights deeded:
6. Furniture, Fixture and equipment costs:
7. Specialty equipment costs
8. Data and network equipment costs: 29241
9. Telephone equipment costs:
10. Moving costs:
11. Costs for renovation of vacated space: 849623
12. Costs for correction of known deficiencies:
(describe deficiencies)
13. Costs of any known commitments:
(describe commitments)
14. Costs of any hazardous material abatement: 27080
(describe hazardous materials) Asbestos
15. Total project costs:
16. Proposed funding of total project cost:
a. Agency:
b. Federal
c. Other/Donor 240000
d. State 1000115
(describe source of 'Other' funding): DRI Donor Funds
Total: 1240115
17. Agency point of contact for outisde funding if 16a, 16b, or 16c funding sources are providing funds.
a. Name Peter Ross
b. Phone Number 775-673-7388
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?
3. Are utilities available to site?
4. Will project require relocation of existing utilities?
5. Are there any required off-site improvements (or right-of-way dedications)?
6. Is the site in a flood plane?
7. Is the site in an airport impact zone?
8. Does the site contain any underground storage tanks?
9. Does the site contain any adverse soil conditions?
10. Will the site require an environmental assessment?
11. Will rezoning or a special use permit be required?
12. Will any connection fees need to be paid?
13. Will any water rights need to be deeded?
14. Will construction traffic degrade existing access or facilities?
15. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement?
16. Other site considerations affecting cost? (describe):
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:
Remodel/Renovation SF: 4284
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: 8
6. Approximate number of visitors per day: 4
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): Yes
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: Renovation of 4 faculty offices, 1 high bay engineering lab, 2 wet labs and 1 dry lab. Laboratories require chemical fume hoods and associated ventilation equipment. High bay engineering lab includes an existing 2 1/2 ton overhead rail mounted crane.
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