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I. Administrative Section 
1. Project Name: 3129 Railroad Museum Overflow Parking Lot/Lighting (Resubmittal of 2013 C.I.P. Request #3129)
2. Project Description (One Sentence): The NSRM/BC proposes to construct an approx. 50,000 sq. ft. parking lot expansion allowing additional on-site paved parking with security lighting that will accommodate overflow parking during peak periods of visitation, night time events, school/tour buses, recreational vehicles, trucks and other larger profile vehicles wanting to visit the museum.
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). 18
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) 9951SIT2
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 is to provide badly needed overflow parking facilities, driveways/walkways and security lighting for museum visitors. In addition, this project will help provide adequate space for oversized vehicles such as school/tour buses, recreational vehicles to conveniently park. In turn, this project is expected to enhance the museum’s ability to offer safe unobstructed parking facilities during peak periods of visitation and special events. With only 49 spaces currently available, there are numerous times in which the existing parking facilities are insufficient to accommodate the turnover rate. Thus, this creates the need for our visitors to seek out secondary undeveloped parking areas, which has gravel/loose rocks, potholes/ruts and other obstacles that pose potential safety hazards. Therefore, the main purpose of this project is to improve upon our current level of parking by increasing the number of available paved/improved parking spaces for museums visitors and guests.
2. Project Justification: The Nevada State Railroad Museum is in its thirteenth year of operation and has seen tremendous growth in visitation since the original 49-space parking lot was constructed in 2002. As a result, the museum has been dealing the strains of that growth and needs to expand and improve upon its existing parking facilities. In 2002, the NSRM began offering limited excursion train rides in which we accommodated approximately 1700 visitors during the operating season. By 2013 we accommodated nearly 42,000 visitors and our numbers continue to grow has we gain increased exposure. Currently, the museum has three full-time state employees and nearly 80 active volunteers providing weekend train rides (year round), weekly field trips for Clark County school children and special tour groups. The museum also hosts a number of special events throughout the year that bring in thousands of additional visitors (i.e. Train Robbery, Day out with Thomas, Halloween Express and our annual Santa Train). The NSRM hopes to enhance the visitor’s experience by providing safe and sufficient parking space during peak periods of visitation. Our 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. All facilities are located within the ex-Union Pacific Rail Yards in Boulder City. However, Yucca Street separates the Maintenance Facility from the Railroad Passenger Platform, which is where all of the current services are centered and where the proposed expanded parking facilities would be located. It should be noted that this will be the fourth biennium/attempt in which this project has been submitted for consideration. Both the expanded parking and site lighting projects were identified in the Boulder City Railroad Museum Facility Condition Analysis, dated April 2010 (projects #9951SIT2 and #9951SFT1).
4. Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
a. Type of equipment to be replaced: N/A
b. Year existing equipment was installed: N/A
c. Manufacturer of existing equipment: N/A
d. Model of existing equipment: N/A
e. Are there any known hazardous material abatement? No
5. Ramifications if the Project is not Approved (short essay): If unapproved, the NSRM/BC would be unable to improve upon its current level of services. Some of the ramifications include: • The museum would continue to inconvenience visitors by not providing safe and adequate parking facilities during periods of high visitation. • The museum would be forced to continue utilizing secondary portions of property that remain unimproved and pose potential hazards. • Other issues would include dust mediation and insufficient drainage issues that result in erosion damage. • The museum would also continue to inconvenience our handicap visitors that might be traveling in oversized recreational vehicles. • Lastly, the museum will have to restrict or limit night time events due to the lack of security/safety lighting within our existing parking facilities.
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): The current 49-space (6-handicap) parking lot can be very inadequate and routinely fills up during peak periods of high visitation and or during special events. Visitors looking for additional parking space are forced to seek out secondary areas of the property that remain unimproved and pose numerous tripping hazards while walking to and from the railroad passenger facilities. There are numerous elevation issues, rocks, potholes, debris and ruts that pose safety hazards for museum visitors. Also, there is no security/safety lighting within our current parking facilities, which limits our ability to provide a safe environment during night time events. In addition, there is inadequate space for school buses to turn around or park and there are no available paved parking spaces for large profile vehicles, such as RV's. All of this creates issues for handicapped individuals traveling in large profile vehicles wanting to visit the museum.
7. Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
a. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? No
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:
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
(describe source of 'Other/ Donor' funding):
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) 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? 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: 50000
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) : Utility/Misc
5. Approximate number of staff to occupy facility:
6. Approximate number of visitors per day:
7. Will this project require funding for any furnishings, fixtures and equipment? No
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: