Submitted Application for a 2019 CIP Project

I. Administrative Section 
1. Project Name: Upgrade 5kV Electrical System - Phase 2
2. Project Description (One Sentence): This project is to continue to upgrade and replace the existing 5kV electrical systems with 25kV capacity, connecting existing facilities onto a new line.
3a. Project Location: County: Washoe
3b. Project Location: City: Reno
4. Department (department requesting project): NSHE
5. Division (division requesting project): UNR
6. Agency (agency requesting project): Planning
7. Agency contact person: Dean Hitchcock
8. Contact phone: 775-784-1022
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 - utilities for multiple 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 
16. Project Description: This Phase 2 request continues the upgrade and replacement of the existing antiquated 5kV electrical systems with 25kV capacity.  The system is located on the south end of campus serving the older facilities. This phase upgrades the oldest, most unreliable systems on campus. The voltage for the new system will be 25kV, matching the newer systems on campus and NV Energy distribution voltage. All system components will be "dead front," which provides protection for maintenance personnel from high voltages. Phase 1, which was funded with $3M in slot tax revenue, began in the fall of 2014 and is complete. It upgraded the north to south feed from 200 to 600 amps and began the replacement of 5kV t 25kV lines. Phase 3 will eventually upgrade the 5kV distribution system on the North end of campus. When all three phases are completed, the campus will have three separate electrical feeds from NV Energy, resulting in increased capacity, improved reliability and reduced risk of prolonged and expensive power outages.
17. Project Justification: This electrical distribution system is supplied by the NV Energy Evans Street Substation, which is one of the oldest and last 5kV substations in the Reno area. Most have been replaced by 25kV substations that utilize newer, safer, and more reliable equipment. The campus distribution system is approximately 65 years old and utilizes obsolete oil switches and open connection transformers. Parts for these major electrical distribution components are increasingly difficult to procure. If a major failure occurred (multiple failures at once) campus buildings could be without power for a significant time. Safety of maintenance personnel is also an important factor as much of this system uses live front components with exposed high voltages.
18. Project Background Information: The 5kV campus electrical distribution system was last upgraded in the 1960s. Since the 1990's as new buildings were constructed or older structures added or replaced, they have been connected to the 25kV system where available. The majority of the South campus buildings remain on the antiquated 5kV system. When completed, the campus will have three separate electrical feeds resulting in increased the capacity, improved reliability and reduced risk of prolonged and expensive power outages.
19. Mechanical and/or Electrical Equipment Replacement Projects:
19a. Type of equipment to be replaced:
19b. Year existing equipment was installed: 1950s
19c. Manufacturer of existing equipment: varies
19d. Model of existing equipment: varies
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? Unknown
21. Ramifications if the Project is not Approved (short essay): As parts for these major electrical distribution components are increasingly difficult to procure, a major system failure (multiple failures at once due to electrical stress) may leave campus buildings without power for a significant amount of time.
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): Maintenance personnel are exposed to open front high voltage terminations presenting the danger of potential contact with high voltage or arc flash events.
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? No
23d. What is the latest date this project could be completed without disrupting your program? 9/1/2020
23e. What is the driving proposed completion date? Campus facilities served by the aging 5kV system are becoming impacted by limited service capacity and service reliability of this existing system and is resulting in increased power outages and system equipment failures.
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: 3,000,000
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: 3,000,000
39. Proposed funding of total project cost:
39a. Agency:
39b. Federal
39c. State 3,000,000
39d. Other/Donor
39e. (describe source of 'Other/ Donor' funding):
39f. Total: 3,000,000
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?
43. Are utilities available to site?
44. Will project require relocation of existing utilities?
45. Are there any required offsite improvements (or right-of-way dedications)?
46. Is the site in a flood plain?
47. Is the site in an airport impact zone?
48. Does the site contain any underground storage tanks?
49. Does the site contain any adverse soil conditions?
50. Will the site require an environmental assessment?
51. Will rezoning or a special use permit be required?
52. Will any Utility connection fees need to be paid?
53. Will any water rights need to be deeded?
54. Will construction traffic degrade existing access or facilities?
55. Will the site require any hazardous material abatement?
56a. Other site considerations affecting cost? (describe):
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?
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) :
61. Approximate number of staff to occupy facility:
62. Approximate number of visitors per day:
63. Will this project require funding for any furnishings, fixtures and equipment?
64. For existing facilities, are there any known hazardous materials? (e.g., Asbestos, lead paint or underground storage tanks):
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: