Thompson Engineering was hired as a sub-consultant to assist the United States Army Corps of Engineers with the design and construction of a new sniper range and its supporting facilities on a 47-acre site on Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The project was required to provide a properly sized and configured Known Distance (KD) Range to train Special Operations Forces snipers.
In addition to the design of the specialized, 10-lane range, the project consisted of grading, drainage design, stormwater retention design, parking, access roads, and site construction and stormwater facility permitting through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Thompson Engineering’s responsibilities included:
Upon completion, the range featured 10-lanes, each 10 meters wide (32.82 feet). The range has firing lines at equal elevation at 100-meter increments from 100 meters to 1,000 meters. The target butt berm is comprised of a concrete block retaining wall with an earth berm to provide protection for the target mechanisms and the soldiers operating the range targetry.