Submitted Application from prior CIP Planning Cycle

I. Administrative Section 
1. Project Name: Project Planning - DRI Southern Nevada Science Center/Southern Nevada Water Technology Center
2. Project Description (One Sentence): DRI is requesting $4.6M in planning support for the DRI Southern Nevada Science Center/Southern Nevada Water Technology Center, a four-story 59,500-gross-sq.ft. building to accommodate (a) capacity building for water technology economic development/advanced workforce development center, and (b) capacity building for DRI’s growing research and educational programs in Las Vegas.
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): Planning
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 (e.g., 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).
11. Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? Yes
12. SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings) N/A
13. Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended) N/A
14. Is the property State Owned? Yes
15. If the facility is existing, is it State owned?
II. Narrative Section 
16. Project Description: DRI is requesting $4.6M in planning support for the DRI Southern Nevada Science Center/Southern Nevada Water Technology Center, a four-story 59,500-gross-sq.ft. building. Floors one and two will provide space to accommodate capacity building for water technology economic development and an advanced workforce development center. Floors three and four will provide capacity building space for DRI’s growing research and educational programs in Las Vegas. This facility was initially programmed in 2008 through a gift from JMA Architectural Studios. The facility includes laboratories, offices, meeting space and support spaces. The project was previously submitted for the 2015 CIP as Project 5332.
17. Project Justification: With the growing success of WaterStart (founded initially as Nevada’s Water Center of Excellence and through Nevada’s Knowledge Fund) there is new and growing demand for a locally based ecosystem (space and resources for technology development, incubation and commercialization) to support and collaborate with water technology companies establishing in Nevada. Since the launch of WaterStart’s commercialization fund in July 2015, more than fifty (50) companies have applied to work with WaterStart. The development of the Southern Nevada Water Technology Center will play a critical role in expanding the capacity of WaterStart and DRI to recruit and incubate talent and technology from across the globe by providing (a) office, cubicle, and workstation space for entrepreneurs, water-centric researchers, and technologists; (b) support via digital media tools for global communications to large and small groups; (c) connectivity with advanced computing resources from across the State; (d) commercialization space to support rapid prototyping and bench-top testing; and (e) community areas for displaying and marketing technologies, collaborating with university and agency researchers (e.g., SNWA, MGM, etc), and hosting a variety of collaborative activities and events involving partners and investors. WaterStart expects to expand the number of companies recruited to 25 by 2018 creating a significant demand for the resources identified above. The Southern Nevada Water Technology Center would provide WaterStart, the Las Vegas region, and the State of Nevada an invaluable resource to expand the services and facilities offered to these companies and help them to continue to grow and succeed… combined to build a new innovation-based economy in Nevada. Space for this growing program will be within the Southern Nevada Water Technology Center, building levels one and two. Building levels three and four will provide space for capacity building of DRI’s Research Programs in Hydrological, Earth, and Ecosystems Sciences. DRI’s Division of Hydrological Science’s $18.3M Maki Endowment has a key donor intent of building water resource-centric research out of the Las Vegas campus. In order to meet this intent, office and lab space is required to hire research staff in the applied water sciences and technology areas. The following facility requirements are required to meet the intent of the Maki endowment and future growth of DRI’s Division of Hydrologic Sciences: 14-16 offices, 8-10 cubicles, 5 laboratories, 10 computational workstations, 3-4 technician workstations, and 1-2 conference rooms. These new facilities will also support the expansion of DOE and DOD programs, as well as new research projects, being run out of our Las Vegas office and potentially even some of the programs run out of our Reno office. For example, DRI work on the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS, formerly the NTS) will be transitioning from characterization and modeling to site closure. DRI has the responsibility for interpreting those monitoring results in the first year with an expanding role in the out years to both collect the samples and interpret the results, requiring up to 5 new faculty members. The Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences’ is expanding programs in earth sciences and microbiology. With the support of Las Vegas resident and petroleum geologist, Dr. A. Chamberlain, a new program in field geology training, focused on applied aspects of earth sciences in natural resources, will be established on the Las Vegas campus. The basic facility requirements include 4-5 offices, 2 workstations, 2 classrooms, and 1-2 laboratories for geochemistry, geophysics, and rock analyses. The balance of the offices, work space, and laboratories will be applied to microbiology capacity building related to life in the terrestrial deep subsurface.
18. 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 new facility will provide laboratory and office space needed to house the faculty and projects made possible by this gift. The building is also planned to house a "Decision Theater", a virtual reality/immersive data tool that will serve up to ~300 people in an 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. The project has been simplified by removing the basement level of the building - resulting in lower projected design and construction costs.
19. Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
19a. Type of equipment to be replaced:
19b. Year existing equipment was installed:
19c. Manufacturer of existing equipment:
19d. Model of existing equipment:
19e. Are there any known hazardous materials? No
Environmental Considerations
20a. Hazardous Materials (Asbestos, Lead Paint, etc.):
20b. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement? No
21. 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. Additionally, this facility provides capacity to allow water resource related start up companies to move to Southern Nevada.
Health, Life Safety, and/or Legal Issues
22. Please describe any health, life safety, and/or legal issues that will be resolved by completing this project (Short Essay):
23. Proposed Project Schedule Impacts/Issues
23a. Will this project require relocating personnel or vacating the building for any period of time? No
23b. Explain:
23c. Has any design work been completed on the proposed project? Yes
23d. What is the latest date this project could be completed without disrupting your program? 2020
23e. What is the driving proposed completion date? The facility is needed today. DRI projects that 2020 is the earliest that the facility would be available after planning & construction are complete.
III. Preliminary Construction Cost Estimate 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.)
24. Land (if land must be purchased):
25. Offsite construction:
26. On-site Development:
27. Utility connection fees:
28. Water rights deeded:
29. Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment:
30. Specialty equipment:
31. Data and network equipment:
32. Telephone equipment costs:
33. Moving:
34. Renovation of vacated space:
35a. Correction of known deficiencies:
35b. (describe deficiencies)
36a. Any known commitments:
36b. (describe commitments)
37a. Known hazardous material abatement:
37b. (describe hazardous materials)
38. Total project costs: 4,600,000
39. Proposed funding of total project cost: 280,000
39a. Agency: 280,000
39b. Federal
39c. State 4,200,000
39d. Other/Donor 120,000
39e. (describe source of 'Other/ Donor' funding): DRI pledges $120,000 in gift monies already received from donations directed towards water research in Southern Nevada.
39f. Total: 4,600,000
40. Agency point of contact for outisde funding if 39a, 39b, or 39c funding sources are providing funds.
40a. Name Peter Ross
40b. Phone Number 775-673-7388
40c. Email Address
IV. Site Analysis Section 
Site Analysis (New construction only)
41. Estimated land area to be acquired (acres)
42. Will this project require new parking spaces? Yes
43. Are utilities available to site? Yes
44. Will project require relocation of existing utilities? Yes
45. Are there any required offsite improvements (or right-of-way dedications)? Unknown
46. Is the site in a flood plain? Unknown
47. Is the site in an airport impact zone? Unknown
48. Does the site contain any underground storage tanks? No
49. Does the site contain any adverse soil conditions? Yes
50. Will the site require an environmental assessment? No
51. Will rezoning or a special use permit be required? Unknown
52. Will any Utility connection fees need to be paid? Yes
53. Will any water rights need to be deeded? Unknown
54. Will construction traffic degrade existing access or facilities? Yes
55. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement? No
56a. Other site considerations affecting cost? (describe): Yes
56b. 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)
57. Has any architectural programming occurred?
(Programming is an architectural definition of the needs/problems that must be addressed by the project)
58. Has any advanced planning occurred in previous CIPs? No
59. Usable Square footage required (including storage space)
59a. New Construction SF: 59500
59b. Remodel/Renovation SF: 2000
59c. Addition SF
59d.Total project SF: 61500
60. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Institutional
61. Approximate number of staff to occupy facility: 120
62. Approximate number of visitors per day: 50
63. Will this project require funding for any furnishings, fixtures and equipment? Yes
64. For existing facilities, are there any known hazardous materials? (e.g., Asbestos, lead paint or underground storage tanks): No
65. How many years of future growth will this project accommodate? 15
66. 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.