Robins Street Project, Eureka
By Roger Diez

The addition of a new gymnasium and community athletic facility at Eureka High School prompted Eureka County to improve access from the downtown area to the new facility via Robins Street. Lumos & Associates was selected to design and manage the project.

The key to the project’s success was in recommending to Eureka’s Public Works Department the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) process for the project rather than the traditional Design-Bid-Build process. The Robins Street Project was only the second horizontal public works project in the state to use CMAR. It was also the largest public works project in the history of Eureka County.

The goal was to improve Robins Street with new utilities, paving, sidewalks (to include ADA requirements) and beautification with minimal disruption to the residents during construction. Legacy Construction of Mesquite was selected out of seven applications for the project contractor, based on qualifications, and then the GMP contract amount was negotiated. This would prove to save money, in the long run. Working closely with Lumos and the Public Works Department, Legacy utilized creative and innovative methods to save time and cut costs.

The results were even better than expected. One of the key requirements was to maintain the functionality of the sewer system while the old system was being replaced. By having on-site personnel at the bypass pumping system 24/7, the cost of this portion of the project was reduced by $180,000. Another huge cost saving was achieved when pre-construction analysis found suitable soil at the local landfill station for use during construction. By setting up an aggregate plant onsite, the contractor achieved considerable savings over trucking concrete and asphalt from a distance. Material cost was the lowest in ten years, and as an additional benefit the lifespan of the landfill was extended by 20 years.

Construction was scheduled to minimize disruption to the residents and businesses in the area of the project, which included Robins Street and two blocks on either side. The project came in on time and $9,000 under budget. In addition, only $100,000 of the $400,000 contingency fund was used for “unknowns”.

Utilization of the CMAR process on this project allowed a more accurate bid that came in lower than estimated. The pre-construction process reduced risk to all parties and resulted in significant savings. These results would not have been possible under the Design-Bid-Build method.

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Lumos & Associates, Inc. launches the Development Group

Over Three Decades Of Organic Growth

Lumos & Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the formation of our in-house Development Group. Contributing to the bottom-line success of our clients, the Development Group offers a streamlined design process that reduces development project timelines and costs. Michael Barnes has joined Lumos & Associates in the capacity of Principal of the Development Group. He will be responsible for developing, structuring and guiding projects from inception to completion. Blending land development, financing, planning, engineering and construction; the Development Group will serve as a key partner to our clients, piloting them in land acquisition, development, financing, design, and construction – turning ideas and visions into a plan of action.

Michael Barnes has over 30 years of professional and entrepreneurial land development and management experience in major projects involving land assemblage and acquisition, conceptual land planning design & budgets, various capital financing and proforma stratagies, and comprehensive real estate development skills including entitlements, value engineering design and construction management. Michael holds an Unlimited Class A General Engineering contractors license in Nevada and California, and has managed construction projects involving competitive bid and negotiated design-build contracts, large-scale earthmoving and infrastructure improvements, as well as boutique urban infill improvements.

Please feel free to contact Michael Barnes to discuss your project.
He may be reached at 775-827-6111 (office), or 775-843-4300 (mobile), or e-mail

Development Group Specialties

  • Master Planned Communities
  • Single-Family & Multi-Family Communities
  • Active Adult & Multi-Generational Communities
  • Mixed-use Developments
  • Transit Oriented Developments
  • Commercial Power Centers
  • Office Park Campus
  • Commercial & Industrial Developments
  • Tourist Resort
  • Urban Infill
  • Mining Core Infrastructure

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It’s no secret. Lumos & Associates love our recreation time. Bike rides, snow skiing, water skiing, paddle boarding, hiking top the list. So when the board of the Eagle Valley Children’s Home asked us to help with their new accessible playground, we couldn’t have been happier.

The Eagle Valley Children’s Home is truly a home to about 20 children and adults, located on the north side of Carson City. The Home was founded in 1946 as a private, not for profit facility to provide care and treatment for Nevada children with severe mental and physical disabilities. The adults living at the facility moved to the home when they were children. Tom Young is a member of the Home’s Board and offered to develop a conceptual plan for the facility on a pro-bono basis. Lumos met with the Home’s director, Beverly Hennen, to gather ideas about the concept plan, and the types of activities desired for the residents. Beverly and her staff wanted to completely renovate the existing playground and remove the large structure located in the middle. The large central play structure wasseldom used since it does not respond to the needs of the home’s residents. The existing playground does offer wonderful opportunities for the residents; families and physical therapists to learn and recreate outdoors in a shaded quiet environment close to Eagle Valley Creek and still visible from the surrounding grounds. After Tom presented the master plan to Beverly, staff, and the other Board members they were pleased enough that it was decided to hire Lumos to complete the construction documents for the facility.

From the initial meeting, goals were established for the new facility, including the following:

1. Enhance accessibility and safety: Remove most of the existing playground equipment and replace the bark mulch below with a colorful rubberized surface that is completely accessible. Provide railings and ADA ramps from the entry to the existing gazebo, including the existing stairs. Add a concrete walk from the main building to the crosswalk and provide the required ramps and signage. Include a wide accessible concrete walk around the interior of the new area. Replace the existing chain link fence with material less institutional looking and move the fence location outside of the existing tree locations.

2. Provide an area for socialization: Create spaces where residents can play and visit with family, other residents and caregivers. Add a seat swing, playhouse, tables, benches and other informal seating opportunities such as lawn and raised platforms along the central pathway.

3. Enhance educational opportunities: Locate tables below the existing gazebo for informal learning opportunities. Include sculptures of animals, insects, reptiles and raptors of the Great Basin. Stamp animal paw prints into the concrete walkway near where the sculptures are located.

4. Create challenges: Add a stair climber, low balance beam, bridge and various surfaces with textures. Encourage the residents to walk rather than sit. Provide a secondary pathway with decomposed granite surface to the creek overlook.

5. Emphasize nature: Construct a rock lined stream bed with re-circulated water through drilled holes in the large boulders. The water will create sound and movement, along with attracting song birds. Plant riparian plants of interest along the stream edge and colorful flowering shrubs and trees. Create a sensory garden for the residents to explore. Add a pathway and overlook below the large tree at the creek edge. Move the existing fence so that the existing trees are within the garden and replace the existing chain link fence with a low metal fence for a more friendly feel.

6. Stimulate creativity: Install colored plexiglass panels that move with the wind to create shadows below on the various surfaces. Add colored glass and mosaic tile pieces to the concrete, flush set, to delineate the water course below and catch the sunlight. Locate music panels with a variety of sound implements for experimentation. Include sculpture that moves or makes sounds with the frequent winds. Frame in the underside of the existing gazebo and paint a mural of a Nevada scene that could be re-painted with the change of seasons.

Lumos met with the principal of Marvin Picollo Elementary School to see and discuss the newer playground there that was built there specifically for children with mental and physical disabilities. Some of the ideas from the school will be incorporated into the new garden area. Currently, Lumos is preparing construction documents for the garden to be approved by the Board and Carson City Planning for summer of 2015 construction. At the same time, the Home is applying for grants to help fund the project. The residents, staff and therapists can look forward to using and enjoying a new facility that will be unique to Northern Nevada.

[ Written by: Dale Doerr, Head of Landscape Architecture,
Lumos & Associates ]