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- To advance educational and research goals at the ranch UNLV will fund the purchase and installation of a weather station at the ranch, and preliminary research using this equipment. PI Dr. Suresh Sardineni, Mechanical Engineering, will assess the renewable energy resources at the ranch and find methods to integrate them into existing and proposed new buildings at the site. The planned facilities will monitor beam and global solar radiation, wind speed and direction, temperature, and realative humidity. UNLV will provide funding to support two graduate students and partial salary for Dr. Sardineni.
- Bill Wood, UNLV Real Estate Management, is working with Rex Bell to create an inventory of items that Rex would like to donate or sell to UNLV for inclusion in the planned museum at Walking Box Ranch. This is the first stage in identifying items that will eventually be available for exhibit in the ranch house, the anticipated blacksmith shop display that will be located near the barn, and in the barn exhibit area.
- UNLV has completed a scope of work to conduct a “Visitor Services Feasibility, Compatibility, Market Study, and Business Plan,” and submitted a Competitive Exemption form to UNLV purchasing to proceed in completing a contract with Dornbusch and Associates. This request is under review by UNLV purchasing.
- UNLV is working with Architectural Resources Group to determine the quantity and sizes of rhyolite rock we need to obtain from the Viceroy Castle Mountain deposit to use for building stone in the new construction. This process has been slowed owing to a break in contracting between BLM and the architectural team for the next stage of the project.
- UNLV learned that the submitted EPSCoR proposal requesting funding for sustainable energy research at WBR, was not selected to be forwarded to the national competition. Proposal reviews were very good and UNLV will search for alternative funding sources to whom a revised version of the proposal can be submitted.
- UNLV and Architectural Resources Group (ARG) have completed the Master and Preservation Plans funded by an SAT grant to UNLV. The plans are now under final review by the NPS.
Historic buildings; Historic preservation; Historic sites – Management; Meteorological stations; Museums – Planning; Nevada – Searchlight; Ranches; Walking Box Ranch (Searchlight, Nev.)
Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Environmental Design | Historic Preservation and Conservation
Rees, M. N.
Walking Box Ranch Planning and Design Quarterly Progress Report: Period ending January 10, 2010.
Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/pli_walking_box_ranch/22