Submitted Application for a 2013 CIP Project

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I. Administrative Section 
Project Name: Fire Alarm, Sprinkler System, Doors, Walls and Smoke Barriers Replaced at Lake's Crossing Center.
Project Description (One Sentence): This project includes replacing the old fire alarm system and an upgrade to the sprinkler system, modifying or replacing all doors and modifying or reconstructing all walls and smoke barriers to bring the building up to the current fire code.
Project Location: County: Washoe
Project Location: City: Sparks
Department (department requesting project): DHHS
Division (division requesting project): MH/DS
Agency (agency requesting project): Lake Crossing
Agency contact person: Al Kenneson, ASO II
Contact phone: 775-688-2033
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).
Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? Yes
SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings) 0342
Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended)
II. Narrative Section 
Project Justification (Essay)
Project Description: This project will correct health and life safety issues. The building has a system in place but it is antiquated, having been originally installed in 1999. It has an estimated life expectancy of about ten years. It only has audible alarms and no visual alarm. For deaf clients this presents a particular life safety issue should a fire occur and also places the facility in a position of legal liability in those cases. The sprinkler system needs to be upgraded to include Medical Records, storage and all client rooms. The new system will be more reliable than the old system which requires frequent repair and maintenance. The requested upgrade of the fire system is necessary to preserve the safety and health of the clients and staff in the facility. This request is to replace the existing system which is antiquated and does not meet the ADA needs for hearing disabled clients. Clearly, it would provide a much safer system for all staff and the clients served in this facility. The old system presents a barrier to maintaining BLC (state Bureau of Licensure and Certification) licensure for the program. Maintaining licensure from BLC as well as seeking licensure with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO) will allow the facility to objectively demonstrate it is meeting state and national standards for health care. It has also been determined that the doors throughout the building are not fire rated, are not strong enough for abuse by the clients and do not meet the current safety and fire regulations. Clients can easily kick a door in. Replacing the doors will make them stronger and the building compliant with fire safety regulations. This will provide a safer environment for the clients served in this facility along with the staff. The walls and smoke barriers also do not meet the current safety regulations. This building was constructed in 1974-1976 and there are no notations of fire walls and smoke barriers (dampers). Reconstructing the walls and installing new smoke barriers will make the building compliant. This will provide a safer environment for the clients served and staff housed in this facility. For accreditation by the Joint Commission and/or certification by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the current Fire and Life Safety Codes must be met as per the citation ”Condition of Participation 482.41 Fire and Life Safety”.This project includes replacement of old fire alarm system with a new automatic, intelligent fire alarm system (panel, wiring, enunciator, detectors, pull stations, accessories). It also includes an upgrade to the Sprinkler System to include the Medical Records and storage areas and all client rooms. Installation of the new system will allow an expansion of coverage, and a survey to re-examine layout, detector spacing, coverage, and fire dampers. This project also includes replacing all doors that are not fire rated and are not strong enough to handle the client abuse. We also include the reconstruction of the walls and installing new smoke barriers (dampers) in this project. These two upgrades will allow the building to meet codes and regulations for fire safety.
Project Justification: Our current fire alarm system is getting old and is nearing the end of the estimated useful life. We are experiencing intermittent problems due to the life expectancy of the electronic components and the cost associated with replacing them. The facility has to absorb the increasing expenses in order to maintain the system. This repeated maintenance and repair of the old system is more costly than it would be to replace it with a newer more efficient system. The sprinkler system has to be upgraded to make the Medical Records, storage areas and the client rooms compliant with the fire regulations. In addition, the current doors do not meet the current fire and safety regulations. To be certified and to meet the codes and regulations, this project must be completed. Since the walls and smoke barriers do not meet codes and regulations, this project must be completed. All of these corrections will allow us to apply for accreditation with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services which may allow us to received reimbursement from Medicare estimated up to $2,000,000. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Auditors have given us a 5 year time frame to become CMS certified.
Project Background Information: Due to the age of the current fire alarm system, Lakes runs the risk of not having parts available when needed. Additionally, the system may encounter degradation so that it does not and has not adequately met the facility requirements for life safety issues.
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?
Ramifications if the Project is not Approved
(Short Essay): If the new fire alarm system is not installed, clients and staff could be at risk of loss of life and limb during a fire or other emergency. Such situations could place the facility at risk of increased liability. It is also likely that the lack of an adequate fire alarm system could impact a positive finding for licensure and certification. The building may also eventually be deemed unfit for occupancy by the State Fire Marshal.
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):
Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
1. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? Unknown
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?
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: 0.0000
4. Utility connection fees: 0.0000
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: 0.0000
11. Costs for renovation of vacated space: 0.0000
12. Costs for correction of known deficiencies: 0.0000
(describe deficiencies)
13. Costs of any known commitments: 0.0000
(describe commitments)
14. Costs of any hazardous material abatement: 0.0000
(describe hazardous materials)
15. Total project costs: 0.0000
16. Proposed funding of total project cost:
a. Agency:
b. Federal
c. Other/Donor
d. State
(describe source of 'Other' funding): General funds
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? 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? No
14. Will construction traffic degrade existing access or facilities? Unknown
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? 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: 0
Remodel/Renovation SF: 0
Addition SF 0
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? Yes
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
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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