Submitted Application for a 2019 CIP Project

I. Administrative Section 
1. Project Name: Fire Suppression & Plumbing retrofit
2. Project Description (One Sentence): This application is three plumbing projects combined, because they are all plumbing related.
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: Paul Curry
8. Contact phone: 702-822-8741
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). 13
11. Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? No
12. SPWD 4 digit Building No. (for existing buildings) 2811
13. Facility Condition Analysis Project No. (if recommended) 2811SFT2, 2811PLM1, 2811PLM2
14. Is the property State Owned? No
15. If the facility is existing, is it State owned? Yes
II. Narrative Section 
16. Project Description: Several Projects combined; a. Fire sprinkler head(s) in the paint booth need to be relocated, or a different type of paint booth compatible sprinkler head(s) installed. b. Water heater replacement and retro fit and relocation of hot water systems. c. Plumbing isolation valves installed throughout the facility.
17. Project Justification: Paint Booth Fire Suppression a. Currently there is a fire suppression sprinkler head located in the spray booth area directly above where most painting takes place in the Museum shop. When it was installed staff were advised merely to cover the sprinkler head with something to protect it from paint, as paint build-up on the sprinkler could cause it to fail. The Museum’s Facility Condition Analysis report disputes this advice and staff seek a solution to the problem, including perhaps a different type of sprinkler head or alternate location(s). Water Heater Replacement or Redesign/Retrofit b. Four water heaters support most of the facility’s hot water needs. Two are 30-gallon and two are 100-gallon water heaters. The two 30-gallon heaters have been replaced within the last three years. One of the 100-gallon heaters has been replaced within the last three years while the second is out of service and due for replacement. While scheduled replacement is prudent, more times than not, funding has not allowed for water heater replacement when one fails. In addition, poor design has caused considerable funding to be spent on “band-aid” support of the existing heaters. The Museum would benefit greatly by some moderate redesign and retrofit of the domestic hot water supply. The two 100-gallon heaters only supply the rarely used kitchen and three other sinks which stand more than 400 feet away from the hot water source. This facility currently generates an abundant supply of hot water which is rarely ever used. Many problems could be resolved by redesign and relocation of hot water-producing units such as an “Instant Hot” unit or “tankless” water heaters closer to the area of intended use. Placing smaller, more efficient units in close proximity to fixtures would not only save energy costs but would also reduce replacement and maintenance costs. Isolation valves c. The 2017-017 Facility Condition Analysis site report mentions the need for installation of 25 plumbing isolation valves throughout the building which original construction omitted. During the past seven years maintenance staff have installed isolation valves as required by specific maintenance projects. It is estimated that only about 25-35% of the plumbing isolation valves required have been installed leaving many areas in the Museum vulnerable.
18. Project Background Information: Built in 2007, state staff have occupied the facility since 2011. Many deficiencies have been discovered in the past six years, and other substantial work has also been added. Problem areas remain, but this application would eliminate at least three of the major problems.
19. Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
19a. Type of equipment to be replaced: Water heater(s) and plumbing retrofit
19b. Year existing equipment was installed: 2007
19c. Manufacturer of existing equipment: AO Smith
19d. Model of existing equipment: 30 Gal. and 100 Gal.
19e. Are there any known hazardous materials? No
Environmental Considerations
20a. Hazardous Materials (Asbestos, Lead Paint, etc.): NA
20b. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement? No
21. Ramifications if the Project is not Approved (short essay): Continued wasted resources is the short answer. a. The Fire Suppression for the paint booth, as is, is more than likely already a code violation. b. Water heater replacement is recommended in the Facility Condition Analysis report. However, the existing design of water heater systems and locations is highly inefficient and costly to maintain. Our goal is to redesign some of the systems for more efficient operation. c. Isolation valves are not in place in most areas which need them. Which causes excessive draining of large areas of the building on nearly any plumbing repair. Installation of isolation valves would reduce maintenance operations, reduce maintenance cost, reduce wasted resources, and provide an extra layer of protection to museum artifacts and other highly valuable museum collections.
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): a. If a fire does occur in the paint booth, the fire sprinkler may fail due to excessive paint build up. b. The Special Events kitchen can not be used if the one, operating water heater fails and no hot water is available. c. Under current conditions, if a pipe burst unexpectedly in a critical area it could take an excessive amount of time to stop the flow of water. All of these undesirable scenarios would be eliminated by completion of this project.
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: Most if not all of this work is located outside of public areas. Staff may be impacted at some point, though we do not fore see any lengthy interruptions.
23c. Has any design work been completed on the proposed project? No
23d. What is the latest date this project could be completed without disrupting your program? 12/31/2020
23e. What is the driving proposed completion date? Paint booth fire suppression may already be in violation of fire code, and certainly unacceptable as is. Current hot water systems (4) are grossly inefficient and costly to maintain. At least 90% of the building was built with no isolation valves for service of plumbing areas, which practically doubles maintenance cost and labor to resolve plumbing problems.
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): NA
25. Offsite construction: NA
26. On-site Development: N/A
27. Utility connection fees: NA
28. Water rights deeded: NA
29. Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment:
30. Specialty equipment: NA
31. Data and network equipment: NA
32. Telephone equipment costs: NA
33. Moving: NA
34. Renovation of vacated space: NA
35a. Correction of known deficiencies: 65,000
35b. (describe deficiencies) a. Paint booth-Currently the fire sprinkler head in the paint booth is covered with plastic to protect it from paint while the paint booth is in use. The sprinkler head(s) must be moved, or another type of sprinkler head installed. b. The current hot water systems are highly inefficient, and some of the water heaters are due for replacement. Retrofit and relocation is highly desirable to reduce maintenance and associated operating cost. c. Most of the facility is still without isolation valves. The typical scenario is to drain a quarter of the building just to fix a faucet. It may take an hour to fix the faucet, but a worker could spend three or four hours draining large areas, before work on the facet could begin.
36a. Any known commitments:
36b. (describe commitments)
37a. Known hazardous material abatement: NA
37b. (describe hazardous materials) NA
38. Total project costs: 65,000
39. Proposed funding of total project cost:
39a. Agency:
39b. Federal
39c. State 65,000
39d. Other/Donor
39e. (describe source of 'Other/ Donor' funding):
39f. Total: 65,000
40. Agency point of contact for outisde funding if 39a, 39b, or 39c funding sources are providing funds.
40a. Name
40b. Phone Number
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? No
43. Are utilities available to site? Yes
44. Will project require relocation of existing utilities? No
45. Are there any required offsite improvements (or right-of-way dedications)? No
46. Is the site in a flood plain? No
47. Is the site in an airport impact zone? No
48. Does the site contain any underground storage tanks? Yes
49. Does the site contain any adverse soil conditions? No
50. Will the site require an environmental assessment? No
51. Will rezoning or a special use permit be required? No
52. Will any Utility connection fees need to be paid? No
53. Will any water rights need to be deeded? No
54. Will construction traffic degrade existing access or facilities? No
55. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement? No
56a. Other site considerations affecting cost? (describe): No
56b. Describe Site Considerations:
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:
59b. Remodel/Renovation SF:
59c. Addition SF
59d.Total project SF:
60. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Assembly
61. Approximate number of staff to occupy facility: 25
62. Approximate number of visitors per day: 200
63. Will this project require funding for any furnishings, fixtures and equipment? No
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?
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: