Submitted Application for a 2013 CIP Project

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I. Administrative Section 
Project Name: Provide Exhibit Space for Restored McKeen Car
Project Description (One Sentence): This project seeks the construction of an addition to the west side of the Jacobsen Interpretive Center for exhibition of the newly restored 1910 Virginia & Truckee Railway McKeen motor car and two restored freight cars. The west wall of the Interpretive Center was built as "temporary" in anticipation of future expansion. This temporary wall is now showing considerable wear. Without replacement, it could soon develop interior mold and mildew problems and, over time, could undergo complete failure.
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): Railroad Museum
Agency contact person: Frank Ackerman
Contact phone: 775-687-6953 ext. 223
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). 18
Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? No
SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings) 0861
Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended)
II. Narrative Section 
Project Justification (Essay)
Project Description: Plan and construct an addition to the Jacobsen Interpretive Center that will house the 1910 Virginia & Truckee Railway McKeen car and two restored freight cars under environmentally stable conditions; and will allow this equipment to be exhibited and interpreted to museum visitors and to operate on selected occasions. The Interpretive Center was constructed in the late 1980s to serve as the central focal point for visitor experience at the museum. In 2004, 2006 and 2010 the museum requested CIP funding to plan for expanded facilities at the museum. Now, years later, the need has become critical. Additional space is needed to exhibit the significant pbjects of the collection in an interpretive context that has meaning and affords learning for museum visitors.
Project Justification: The McKeen motor car represents an early application of self-propelled, internal-combustion railcar technology using lightweight materials.Of approximately 160 cars built between 1905 and 1919, fewer than a half-dozen survive. This car is the only one that has been restored and made operable. The State of Nevada has invested nearly one millon dollars in restoring the car and suitable space to protect it while providing for its interpretation to musuem visitors is needed. The restored freight cars to be exhibited in this space share historical association with the McKeen car in the 20th Century effort of the V&T Railway to build new traffic by extending into the Carson Valley.
Project Background Information: The need for expanded public museum facilities was envisioned by the original designers of the facility some 25 years ago. Although funding constraints at the time limited the amount of space that could be built, provision for additional space was made via the construction of a "temporary" wall along the west elevation of the Interpretive Center.
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? No
Ramifications if the Project is not Approved
(Short Essay): Over time the growing collections of the museum have occupied all available space inside the facilities. Standard museum professional practice mandates that collections be protected from changing environmental conditions and be afforded physical security. Without this project, deterioration of these restored pieces will be accellerated by climate fluctuations. The State of Nevada likely will be compelled to expend considerable funding to replace the "temporary" west wall, which is deteriorating to the point of concerns over mold and mildew as well as its structural safety.
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): Museums have an ethical responsibility to care for the collections they manage. This includes providing safe, secure and environmentally stable conditions. Railroad cars and locomotives, by their very size, require large facilities to meet the mandate of collection care. The Nevada State Railroad Museum has reached capacity for enclosed storage and interpretive space. The restored McKeen car and two restored freight cars are housed in the museum Annex building where opportunities to view them are marginal and climate control is nonexistent. The McKeen car is a world-renowned and unique artifact, worthy of exhibition in the museum's main Interpretive Center. Not only the McKeen car but all restored equipment is needful of a climate-controlled environment. Failure of the "temporary" wall of the Interpretive Center will endanger the security of the museum's collection as well as the safety of employees and visitors.
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? No
What is the latest date this project could be completed without disrupting your program? 7/1/2015
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: 1200000
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:
16. Proposed funding of total project cost:
a. Agency:
b. Federal
c. Other/Donor
d. State 1200000
(describe source of 'Other' funding):
Total: 1200000
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? Unknown
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): 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:
Remodel/Renovation SF:
Addition SF 4000
Total project SF:
4. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Assembly
5. Approximate quantity of staff to occupy facility: 3
6. Approximate number of visitors per day: 100
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): No
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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