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I. Administrative Section 
1. Project Name: 3130 Railroad Museum Visitors Center (Resubmittal of 2013 CIP Request #3130)
2. Project Description (One Sentence): The NSRM/BC proposes to contstruct a new centralized visitors center that will allow museum visitors to view historical narritives/artifacts, receive information, browse through an expanded museum store and purchase train ride tickets all in one convenient location.
3a. Project Location: County: Clark
3b. Project Location: City: Boulder City
4. Department (department requesting project): Cultural Affairs
5. Division (division requesting project): Museums & History
6. Agency (agency requesting project): Railroad Museum
7. Agency contact person: Greg Corbin
8. Contact phone: 702-486-5952
9. Contact email:
The Department ranking of this project:
10. 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). 6
11. Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? Yes
12. SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings) 9951
13. Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended)
14. Is the property State Owned? Yes
15. If the facility is existing, is it State owned? Yes
II. Narrative Section 
1. Project Description: The scope of this project proposes to demolish the current Museum Store (196 sq ft.) structure located on the Railroad Passenger Platform and construct a new larger (approx.) 1200 sq. ft. visitor’s center that will combine a museum store, ticket office, administrative office and provide much needed storage space. It’s proposed to have the new facility open to the public 6-7 days a week, enabling the museum to see significantly increased sales revenue and visitation. This project will greatly enhance the museum’s ability to offer a centralized location where visitors can view historical interpretive displays, receive information, browse through an expanded museum store, and purchase train ride tickets all within a comfortable climate-controlled environment. The main goal of this project is to vastly improve upon the museum’s current situation, in which there are two very small separate buildings that serve as the Museum Store and Ticket Office. At only 196 sq. ft., the museum store can only accommodate several people at any given time, thus discouraging museum visitors from entering and possibly purchasing merchandise. Both the Museum Store and Ticket Office serve similar functions and could easily be combined into one convenient location, thus cutting down on duplication of similar services. With the current layout of separate locations, it requires two individuals to perform duplicate duties and there is numerous times in which one individual could easily perform both functions. In addition, this project will serve as a single point of entry and exit to the existing museum Display Pavilion, thus creating a more fulfilling experience for museum visitors and allowing the museum to charge an additional admission fee for the opportunity walk through the historic train display venue. In addition to a new revenue source, this project will greatly enhance staff/volunteer interaction with museum visitors as they enter/exit the display pavilion through a new Visitors Center.
2. Project Justification: The Nevada State Railroad Museum/BC is in its thirteenth year of operation and has seen tremendous growth during that time, as many of the original goals have been achieved or exceeded during that time. As a result, the facility has been dealing with the strains of growth and needs to enhance its facilities to better serve museum visitors more conveniently. In 2002, the facility began offering limited excursion train rides with a staff of one and a handful of volunteers. By 2013 the NSRM/BC accommodated nearly 42,000 visitors and that number continues to grow as the NSRM/BC increases its exposure and marketing efforts. Currently, the NSRM/BC has only three state employees and nearly 80 active volunteers offering regularly scheduled train rides (year round) and offering weekly field trips for Clark County school children. The NSRM/BC also hosts a number of special events that draw thousands of additional visitors throughout the year. It's anticipated that a new visitors center will help enhance the visitor’s experience and provide a more efficient/convenient/secure working atmosphere for staff, volunteers and visitors. The main goal is to continue offering the highest quality attraction for families, train enthusiasts, educators, and individuals who are interested in the cultural experience of Southern Nevada.
3. Project Background Information: Currently, the NSRM/BC consists of a Railroad Maintenance Facility, a Railroad Passenger Platform and an open-air Display Pavilion, which are located within the ex-Union Pacific Rail Yards in Boulder City, NV. However, Yucca Street separates the Railroad Maintenance Facility (which currently houses the administrative offices) from the Railroad Passenger Platform, where the proposed new visitor’s center would be situated. The public/visitors could be better and more conveniently served by having the administrative staff located within the new visitor’s center, where services would be located in one centralized location. The submittal of this application will be the fourth biennium/attempt in which this project has been submitted for consideration.
4. Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
a. Type of equipment to be replaced:
b. Year existing equipment was installed:
c. Manufacturer of existing equipment:
d. Model of existing equipment:
e. Are there any known hazardous material abatement? No
5. Ramifications if the Project is not Approved (short essay): If not approved, the NSRM/BC will be unable to improve upon its current status and level of services provided to museum visitors. Some of the ramifications include; • Inconvenience to museum visitors by having them traverse between the existing ticket office and gift shop to conduct transactions. • Continued difficulties with staffing issues for two separate locations. • Difficulties with communication between gift shop staff and ticket office staff. • Difficulties with security for monies left in cash register and safe. • The museum will continue to experience flat/restricted sales revenue and visitation numbers as a result of the current facilities/operation. • Inadequate square footage needed for additional museum merchandise and storage. • Inadequate location for dispensing information and serving museum visitors. • Inadequate protection for our visitors during extreme weather, such as thunder storms and periods of excessive heat. • Inadequate handicap accessibility issues.
Health, Life Safety, and/or Legal Issues
6. Please describe any health, life safety, and/or legal issues that will be resolved by completing this project (Short Essay): Currently, the museum gift shop and ticket office do not meet all of the required ADA specifications for handicap accessibility. There are numerous occurrences in which our handicapped visitors cannot access our museum gift shop due to space limitations within the 196 sq. ft. store. In addition, our service counters located at the ticket office windows have been identified as being too high according to required handicap standards. With the current configuration of the existing buildings on the railroad passenger platform, we have narrow passageways (approx. 6’) adjacent to the railroad tracks thus creating a serious safety hazard while trains are operating in and out of the depot facility. Unfortunately, this situation happens to exist within the most congested portions of the 310’ long passenger platform. By removing and replacing the current Ticket Office and Museum Store...the full width (22') of the passenger depot would be unobstructed, thus greatly reducing the danger that currently exists now.
7. Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
a. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? Yes
Explain: The current museum store would have to be temporarly relocted to another location during the construction phase, possibly within the exsting Crew Quarters.
b. Has any design work been completed on the proposed project? No
c. What is the latest date this project could be completed without disrupting your program?
d. What is the driving proposed completion date?
III. Preliminary Construction and Funding Sources Section 
Preliminary Construction Cost Estimate and Funding Sources (The SPWD will prepare all final cost estimates. This schedule is for preliminary purposes only.)
1. Land (if land must be purchased):
2. Off-site construction:
3. On-site Development: 410137
4. Utility connection fees:
5. Water rights deeded:
6. Furniture, Fixture and Equipment:
7. Specialty equipment:
8. Data and network equipment:
9. Telephone equipment costs:
10. Moving:
11. Renovation of vacated space:
12. Correction of known deficiencies:
(describe deficiencies)
13. Any known commitments:
(describe commitments)
14. Known 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 410137
(describe source of 'Other/ Donor' funding):
Total: 410137
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. Site 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? No
5. Are there any required off-site improvements (or right-of-way dedications)? No
6. Is the site in a flood plain? 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? No
10. Will the site require an environmental assessment? No
11. Will rezoning or a special use permit be required? No
12. Will any Utility connection fees need to be paid? No
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): No
Describe Site Considerations:
V. Programming Section 
Programming (New construction, building remodels, and building additions only)
1. Has any architectural programming occurred?
(Programming is an architectural definition of the needs/problems that must be addressed by the project)
2. Has any advanced planning occurred in previous CIPs? No
3. Usable Square footage required (including storage space)
a. New Construction SF: 1200
b. Remodel/Renovation SF:
c. Addition SF
d.Total project SF:
4. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Educational
5. Approximate number of staff to occupy facility: 3
6. Approximate number of visitors per day: 150
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? 20
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: Project will combine visitor center, museum store and ticket office into one facility. In addition, there will be an attached administrative office with storge space for store merchandise and back stock.