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I. Administrative Section 
1. Project Name: Project Planning - DRI SNSC PIII
2. Project Description (One Sentence): DRI requests funds for the planning of the SNSC Phase III facility, a four-story, 65,515-GSF building with labs and offices to support DRI's Hydrological Sciences Program and DRI Biology & Microbiology Programs (Life in Extreme Environments). Was Project 9258 2009 CIP
3a. Project Location: County: Clark
3b. Project Location: City: Las Vegas
4. Department (department requesting project): NSHE
5. Division (division requesting project): DRI
6. Agency (agency requesting project): N/A
7. Agency contact person: Peter Ross
8. Contact phone: 775-673-7388
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). 4
11. Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? Yes
12. SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings)
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: DRI requests $6.1M dollars to fund planning and design (through construction documents) of the Southern Nevada Science Center PIII. This facility was programed in 2008 through a gift from JMA Architectural Studios. The facility is envisioned to be a four story, 65,515 gsf building that includes laboratories, offices, meeting space, and support spaces required for water research & biological sciences research.
2. Project Justification: The facility is critical to maintaining DRI’s growth in Las Vegas and is needed to fully exploit new, as well as expanding, research opportunities—all of which result in direct economic benefits to the State of Nevada and have the opportunity to improve the long-range health of Nevada’s and the Nation’s citizens. DRI’s Hydrological Sciences research funding has grown substantially in the last several years, money that returns a direct economic benefit to Nevada. This growth cannot continue without investment in new facilities. In partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development & the Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation, DRI has established the new NV Center of Excellence, focused on water resource management and big data analytics. This new facility will serve to further the goals of this initiative, and further the State's economic development goals.
3. Project Background Information: DRI has received a gift of nearly $18 million dollars from the estate of Sulo and Aileen Maki to support Hydrological Sciences research in Las Vegas. The program cannot reach its full potential without space to grow. The Maki gift will fund the construction and operation of a new world class research tool - the “Eco-Flume”. The Eco-Flume will allow study of complex interactions between river flow, sediment, nutrients and contaminates. At over 80 feet in length, this new research tool will be one of only three such facilities in the world, and the only one in the United States. The building is also planned to house a "Decision Theater", a virtual reality/immersive data tool that will serve up to ~300 people in auditorium setting. The SPWD previously estimated that $6.1M is required for planning & construction document preparation. The previous estimate to construct the facility (2010 construction cost) was approximately $40M.
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): Nevada and much of the western United States currently faces critical water shortages & water quality issues. DRI has developed world class programs that addresses these issues and brings research funding to Nevada. These programs cannot grow without additional space; this facility is critically important to realizing DRI's potential in Southern Nevada.
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):
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? Yes
c. What is the latest date this project could be completed without disrupting your program? 2018
d. What is the driving proposed completion date? The facility is needed today. DRI projects that 2018 is the earliest that the facility would be available after planning & construction are complete.
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 6100000
(describe source of 'Other/ Donor' funding):
Total: 6100000
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? Yes
3. Are utilities available to site? Yes
4. Will project require relocation of existing utilities? Yes
5. Are there any required off-site improvements (or right-of-way dedications)? Unknown
6. Is the site in a flood plain? Unknown
7. Is the site in an airport impact zone? Unknown
8. Does the site contain any underground storage tanks? No
9. Does the site contain any adverse soil conditions? Yes
10. Will the site require an environmental assessment? No
11. Will rezoning or a special use permit be required? Unknown
12. Will any Utility connection fees need to be paid? Yes
13. Will any water rights need to be deeded? Unknown
14. Will construction traffic degrade existing access or facilities? Yes
15. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement? No
16. Other site considerations affecting cost? (describe): Yes
Describe Site Considerations: The proposed site is on the east side of the DRI campus, and is restricted by buildings already constructed.
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: 65515
b. Remodel/Renovation SF: 2000
c. Addition SF
d.Total project SF:
4. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Institutional
5. Approximate number of staff to occupy facility: 120
6. Approximate number of visitors per day: 50
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? 15
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: 21 Laboratories 64 Offices 42 Cubicle offices 40 Computational lab workstations 14 technician workstations 6 conference rooms 1 300 seat auditorium 1 Classroom 1 Shop & staging area 1 Flume laboratory