- 10-point 100-yard Range
- 18-point 50-yard Range with Sidewall Bullet Traps
- Two-story Submunitions Force-on-Force Training Building
- Classrooms and a 360-Degree Force Simulator Training Room
2021 APWA Mid-Atlantic Project of the Year Award, Honorable Mention
Loudoun County Public Safety Firing Range
Indoor range facility accommodates 24-hour firearms training for large force
The new Public Safety Firing Range for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office features two state-of-the-art, fully tactical indoor walkdown ranges: a 10-point, 100-yard range and an 18-point, 50-yard range equipped with sidewall bullet traps to support 180-degree target engagement. Together, these ranges significantly improve the training conditions and opportunities for the Sheriff’s Office, replacing an existing, obsolete outdoor facility where effective usage was limited by lighting, weather conditions, and proximity to a growing population.
24-Hour Operation & Noise Control
A key advantage of the new indoor range is its ability to accommodate 24-hour operation, enabling Loudoun County to more effectively train its large force. The desire for expanded training hours and the range’s location in a rural residential area presented the project’s central challenge – meeting Loudoun County’s day- and night-time noise restrictions. The design team addressed noise control using multiple measures. Constructed primarily of concrete, which naturally reduces noise transmission, the facility is also lined with acoustical material to reduce interior noise levels. Other measures include exterior doors selected for noise mitigation, double walls in critical locations, and enclosed mechanical rooms to reduce equipment noise.
Cutting-Edge Technology & Training Spaces
The firing ranges include control booths for each range, adjacent weapons cleaning and storage areas, and feature overhead door access to bring in vehicles and other large props for enhanced training scenarios. An attached training and administration building includes three classrooms, a 360-degree electronic weapons simulator for shoot/no shoot training, a break room, office space, ammunition storage, armorer, and restrooms. An adjacent two-story, pre-engineered metal building for force-on-force training enables the County’s officers to engage in live-fire direct confrontation scenarios using rubber or marking bullets. Clark Nexsen’s Public Safety team also developed the site’s master plan, which can accommodate a future fire station.
SIZE 54,340 SF main building + 6,000 SF force-on-force building / COMPLETION 2020 / COST $20,700,000
SERVICES Architecture, Fire Protection, Interiors, Master Planning, Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing, Structural