Fort Carson – MRF

Modified Record Fire Range (MRF)

Fort Carson, Colorado

WRA provided complete architectural – engineering design and construction support services for the Modified Record Fire (MRF) training range at Fort Carson, Colorado. The USACE-Omaha District directed/managed this specific delivery order awarded under WRA’s Huntsville RTLP ID/IQ contract.

The Modified Record Fire range is used to train and test individual soldiers on the skills necessary for day/night qualification requirements with the M16 and M4 rifles. This range combines the capabilities of an Automated Field Fire (AFF), Automated Record Fire (ARF), and Automated Night Fire (ANF) range to reduce land and maintenance requirements and increase efficiencies. The MRF range was based on the Huntsville standards, with unique modifications to best fit the range to the existing terrain. A significant drainage feature traversing the site required innovative design modifications to meet the standard 16 training lane MRF layout. WRA met this need by strategically locating “spacer lanes” between training lanes as well as working with Ft. Carson and the WRA team range specialist (RWA) to strategically locate targets such that both the Ft. Carson mission objectives and environmental impacts were minimized.

The Range Operations and Control Area (ROCA) included the following standard buildings: Range Control Tower, Classroom Building, Operations / Storage Building, Covered Mess, Covered Bleacher, Ammunition Breakdown Building, and Vaulted Latrine. The building designs are considered “smart” designs that incorporate practical, energy saving design elements meeting the intent of LEED guidance within the range program amount.

The design was completed on time and within budget. The construction award was significantly below WRA’s construction cost estimate and construction was completed in 2011.

Project Components

  • Project Management
  • Site Planning
  • 3D Visualization
  • Line-of-Site Analysis
  • Stormwater Design
  • ACOE Wetland Coordination
  • Permitting Facilitation
  • Mass Grade Optimization
  • Advanced Terrain Modeling
  • Construction Documents
  • Specifications (SpecsIntact)
  • M-CACES Cost Estimates