Fort Bliss Multipurpose Machine Gun Range
Location:El Paso, Texas
Markets:Infrastructure & Site Development, Federal, Concrete Construction
This target range was designed specifically for machine gun training. The Automated Multipurpose Machine Gun Range sits on a 200-acre site that includes the range itself, a range operations and control area, classroom building, ammunition breakdown building, bleacher enclosure, range operations and storage building, operations tower, latrine, covered mess and building information systems. Supporting facilities include electric service, paving, storm drainage, site improvements and information systems. Sundt’s own concrete crews placed foundations for the buildings and manufactured 120 concrete blocks for the targets using an efficient assembly line approach.
One of the project’s biggest challenges was staying within the designated work areas, which were cleared of unexploded ordinances prior to Sundt’s arrival. (Much of Fort Bliss was used as a bombing practice range during World War II; it still includes many live bombs that restrict where construction crews can operate.)