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I. Administrative Section 
1. Project Name: NSMLV - Humidity Control
2. Project Description (One Sentence): This capital improvement project seeks to re-plumb and retrofit the museum's current HVAC equipment to control high interior humidity which has damaged collections and threatens to damage infrastructure and equipment systems.
3a. Project Location: County: Clark
3b. Project Location: City: Las Vegas
4. Department (department requesting project): Cultural Affairs
5. Division (division requesting project): Museums & History
6. Agency (agency requesting project): Nevada State Museum
7. Agency contact person: McBride, Dennis
8. Contact phone: [702] 822-8739
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). 5
11. Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? No
12. SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings) 2811 [site]; 9817 [building]
13. Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended) na
14. Is the property State Owned? Unknown
15. If the facility is existing, is it State owned? Yes
II. Narrative Section 
1. Project Description: This project would provide relief from damage caused in the museum by water which accumulates throughout the building due to high humdity. While humidity in Southern Nevada is relatively low through most of the year, the region has a monsoon season which runs July - September. During this part of the year humidity frequently climbs past 70% and is accompanied by severe rain storms and flooding. The Museum's HVAC system was not plumbed with high humidity in mind. Consequently, during the monsoon season of 2013, for example, interior humidity passed 70% for extended periods of time. This humidity led to the warping and ruin of paper artifacts held in the Museum's archival collections and compromised its biological specimens. Dripping water also damaged textiles the Museum had borrowed for a special exhibit, which led to an expensive insurance settlement to the owner. The library, education area, and special exhibit galleries had to be closed. In addition to damaging artifacts, high humidity causes the growth of mold and can damage delicate technical and mechanical systems, as well as the building's infrastructure.
2. Project Justification: The Nevada State Museum is charged by statute to collect, preserve, and make available artifacts of the state's cultural heritage. That legislative requirement is endangered when the deleterious effects of facility shortcomings prevent Museum staff from being able to preserve and protect invaluable artifacts. Objects that might be loaned by outside sources are endangered which can invite legal action. Further, each time an artifact is donated to the Museum, the Deed of Gift signed by the state and the donor constitutes a legal contract with an understanding the artifact is to be well cared for and preserved for posterity. Replumbing and retrofitting the Museum's HVAC system to remove humidity inside the building would mitigate these issues and assure the Museum meets its legal and cultural obligations.
3. Project Background Information: The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas was built in 2008-2009--but construction was not overseen by the state. Further, the economic crash in Nevada prevented the Museum from moving into its new building for two years after it was completed. The Museum opened in October 2011 and over the last two-and-a-half years of operation many infrastructural flaws and problems have been revealed. The wrongly plumbed HVAC system is perhaps the most serious of these and most directly impacts the Museum's mission and public service.
4. Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
a. Type of equipment to be replaced: HVAC
b. Year existing equipment was installed: 2009
c. Manufacturer of existing equipment: Trane
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 this project is not approved the Museum's historical collections, infrastructure, and technical systems will continue deteriorating. This will directly affect the Museum 's operations, public service, and legislated mission. Irreplaceable artifacts will be destroyed, while exhibits and programs will be curtailed.
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): There are a number of health, life safety, and legal issues that successful completion of this project will mitigate. Growth of mold facilitated by high interior humidity is a proven health issue as well as a major danger to paper artifacts. Dripping and collected water from accumulated interior humidity may cause slips and falls as well as damaging infrastructure--metal beams, concrete walls, electrical and IT systems. Legal issues that would be resolved are two-fold. First, staff injured by the effects of interior humidity would likely result in legal action. Second, borrowed artifacts damaged by interior humidity would undoubtedly lead--and has led--to insurance settlements at least, lawsuits at worst.
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? ASAP
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: 75,000 - 85,000
(describe deficiencies) The heating and cooling coils in the HVAC system need to be removed, reversed, and re-installed as well as re-plumbed to accommodate the change.
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 75,000 - 85,000
(describe source of 'Other/ Donor' funding):
Total: 75,000 - 85,000
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?
3. Usable Square footage required (including storage space)
a. New Construction SF:
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) :
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?
8. For existing facilities, are there any known hazardous materials? (i.e., Asbestos, lead paint or underground storage tanks):
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: