Submitted Application for a 2019 CIP Project

I. Administrative Section 
1. Project Name: Nevada State Museum: Indian Hills Curatorial Center Construction
2. Project Description (One Sentence): The project, funded by a state and federal partnership, constructs the Nevada State Museum's Indian Hills Curatorial Center, and is based on the master plans completed under SPWB Project 17-A010 in 2018.
3a. Project Location: County: Douglas
3b. Project Location: City: Carson City
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: Myron Freedman
8. Contact phone: 775 687 4810 ext 226
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). 9
11. Has this project been previously requested in a prior CIP? No
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?
II. Narrative Section 
16. Project Description: The project constructs the Nevada State Museum's Indian Hills Curatorial Center south of Carson City on Topsy Lane through a state and federal partnership. Advance planning was completed in 2018, and includes a Master Plan for the 10.08 acre site, and schematic design for a 37,700/SF Artifact Storage and Curatorial Center. The facility will satisfy long-term preservation, conservation and use of Nevada history and heritage collections controlled by the Nevada State Museum, Nevada Historical Society, Nevada State Railroad Museum, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and other state and federal agencies needing to house Cultural Resource Management (CRM) collections. CRM collections comprise mostly state and federal collections retrieved during development projects across the state. The museum receives funds to manage CRM collections from government agencies and private companies. The building will meet the Secretary of Interior Standards for Curation and accommodate twenty years of growth. The Master Plan responsibly includes efficient and low-cost, as-needed expansion of this facility. State and Federal funds will cover construction, furnishing, and moving collections into the new building. Separate funding agreements with BLM and curation fees will support operation of the new building by the Nevada State Museum, and will be an extension of the operation currently in place at Indian Hills. Completed schematic plans include 27,700 square feet of storage space with appropriate HVAC systems to control climate, along with a carefully designed loading dock to manage and treat incoming materials before being housed with the established collections. They also include 10,000 square feet of specialized curatorial work areas to examine, process and prepare incoming artifacts bound for the four main collections; History, Natural History, Anthropology, and CRM, and meet the unique needs of each area. The facility increases the ability of NSM to further educate the public on Nevada’s unique contributions in these fields, and will provide space for groups to learn from onsite programs.
17. Project Justification: Schematic plans for new construction on existing site were completed in 2018 under SPWB 5218. The new construction addresses two critical issues: 1. The existing Indian Hills Collections Center, housing state collections, state and federal Cultural Resource Management (CRM) collections, and other federal collections is at full capacity, putting future collections at risk. Storage conditions at the current center are unsafe and harmful to existing collections. 2. Other storage areas maintained by the Nevada State Museum for state collections are at full capacity and substandard, putting collections at risk and preventing future accreditation. The new facility will be a collaborative collection facility that achieves significant cost efficiencies, improves conservation of irreplaceable collections, and meets long-term needs for multiple state and federal agencies. Little space remains in the existing 14,440 square-foot building for accepting additional state and federal CRM collections and other collections controlled by federal agencies. The need to store such collections will continue and increase given the extent of public lands and rate of development in the state. All artifacts and fossils collected in federally permitted projects must be stored in a federally accredited facility, such as Indian Hills. The museum maintains numerous curation agreements with public and private entities, calling for housing CRM collections at the center. Receipt of future collections is assured over the years ahead. Maintaining Nevada collections in-state supports use by Nevada museums, universities, government agencies, archaeology firms, scientists, scholars, and the public. Nevada’s unique lands hold significant archaeological importance and supporting efforts in this field is extremely positive for Nevada science, education, tourism and public relations. The Nevada State Museum receives curation fees, currently $540 per cubic foot, and funding agreements to support management of collections. The new construction will satisfy needs of the Nevada State Museum, Nevada Historical Society, and the Nevada State Railroad Museum to care for at-risk collections stored in substandard conditions. The new construction will also prevent closing public exhibit galleries at museum locations that are needed for storage. The affected museums also store collections in the Nevada State Museum basement at the main complex on Carson Street and at a temporary storage area in a Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) warehouse in Carson City. The museum's basement is subject to flooding from internal and external sources. Broken pipes have caused flooding in the basement in the last several years. Collections at the NDOT warehouse are exposed to major fluctuations in temperature and humidity, pollution from vehicles, dirt, insects, vermin, flooding, and theft. The warehouse is controlled and needed by NDOT, making the space temporary and subject to loss on short notice. The museum received a notice to vacate in 2009. High-level intervention was necessary to prevent loss of space. Leasing space complying with environmental and security standards is very expensive, and does not allow for the full spectrum of curatorial work artifacts require. Collections are at risk. Improved care will mitigate expensive conservation treatment for collections or replacement costs. Of critical note, storage areas do not meet accreditation standards by the American Alliance of Museums. Renewal of the museum's accreditation was tabled previously, primarily due to substandard conditions at the NDOT warehouse. Accreditation was later granted on condition improvements are made. The museum was the first museum in the state to achieve accreditation and has maintained the status since 1972. Accreditation assures stakeholders, including the public, the museum is fulfilling long-term care responsibilities. Consolidating collections from different agencies at a central site offers cost efficiencies. Agencies can share parking, work space, loading docks, moving equipment, storage equipment, security systems, and utilities. Centralizing increases staff presence on the site, which is important for security of staff, volunteers, collections, and property. More space allows for higher organization of collections belonging to different agencies. This enhances control and accountability and complies with current museum practices and accreditation standards. The new construction will comply with specific conservation, security, and access requirements, consistent with museum practices and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Curation.
18. Project Background Information: The Nevada State Museum, a State of Nevada agency, owns and operates the Indian Hills Curatorial Center (Indian Hills) south of Carson City in Douglas County at 1026 Topsy Lane. Collections controlled by the Nevada State Museum, Nevada Historical Society, and Nevada State Railroad Museum are housed at the center, along with Cultural Resource Management (CRM) collections found in Nevada on state and federal lands. Management of CRM collections by the Nevada State Museum is supported by curation fees paid by BLM and other CRM agencies. The current facility is at capacity and the need for expansion of Indian Hills has long been acknowledged. Recognizing this need, the State approved developing a Master Plan for the site, and schematic plans for development of a new facility. This was completed in 2018 under SPWB 5218. This request seeks approval for architect’s construction drawings and construction.
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):
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? 12/31/2022
23e. What is the driving proposed completion date? Existing facility has reached capacity. Museum accreditation is at risk. Important Nevada historical and heritage collections are at risk. Conditions for preserving critical collections will be compromised.
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: TBD
27. Utility connection fees: TBD
28. Water rights deeded:
29. Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment: TBD
30. Specialty equipment: TBD
31. Data and network equipment: TBD
32. Telephone equipment costs: TBD
33. Moving: TBD
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: 13,293,587
39. Proposed funding of total project cost:
39a. Agency:
39b. Federal
39c. State 13,293,587
39d. Other/Donor BLM and TBD
39e. (describe source of 'Other/ Donor' funding): BLM and potentially NDOT. NDOT is reviewing project to potentially support construction of this facility which, if completed as described in this CIP, will allow removal of NSM collection items currently stored at an NDOT facility.
39f. Total: 13,293,587
40. Agency point of contact for outisde funding if 39a, 39b, or 39c funding sources are providing funds.
40a. Name TBD
40b. Phone Number
40c. Email Address
IV. Site Analysis Section 
Site Analysis (New construction only)
41. Estimated land area to be acquired (acres) 0
42. Will this project require new parking spaces? Yes
43. Are utilities available to site? Yes
44. Will project require relocation of existing utilities? Unknown
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? No
49. Does the site contain any adverse soil conditions? Unknown
50. Will the site require an environmental assessment? Unknown
51. Will rezoning or a special use permit be required? No
52. Will any Utility connection fees need to be paid? Yes
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? Unknown
56a. Other site considerations affecting cost? (describe): Unknown
56b. Describe Site Considerations: Typical requirements based on pre-construction tests.
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? Yes
59. Usable Square footage required (including storage space)
59a. New Construction SF: 37,700
59b. Remodel/Renovation SF:
59c. Addition SF
59d.Total project SF: 37,700
60. Occupancy type (Assembly, business, educational, factory/industrial, high hazard, institutional, mercantile, residential, storage, utility/miscellaneous) : Storage
61. Approximate number of staff to occupy facility: 5
62. Approximate number of visitors per day: 1
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): Unknown
65. How many years of future growth will this project accommodate? 25
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: Facilities: collections storage, loading dock, curatorial work rooms, offices, conference room. Equipment: compact storage, dock lift.