Orlando Police Department Training and Firing Range Facility consists of approximately 67,000 SF and includes a 20 lane tactical target range and a 20 lane qualification range, both measuring one hundred fifty feet. There is also a 15 lane, three hundred foot rifle range. The support spaces in the facility include three large classrooms, lockers/restrooms, storage and administrative offices. ADG served as the Specialized Facility Design Expert and worked hand-in-hand with the Associate Architect through all phases of facility design. All exterior walls are concrete tilt wall construction, and accommodates 40 climate-controlled firing lanes and 15 ventilated firing lanes.
Extensive design consideration was given to the need to replicate “real life” training scenarios. The facility was designed with the ability to create flexible barriers, walls, and cover with an insertable panel for replicating “real life” scenario’s allowing the Orlando Police Department to train on aspects of traffic stops, multiple adversaries, working on scanning and avoiding tunnel vision, decision making targets (good guy / bad guy and shoot / no shoot) and hostage drills. The facility can also recreate a variety of “low light” conditions again, replicating “real life” gun fight situations. While the national average for “hits” in a gunfight 7 yards and closer is about 20%, OPD’s average for hits is nearly 80%.
The buildings site configuration took into account the need to accommodate a separate future “shoothouse” and an outdoor live fire, as well as a 360 degree ballistically safe training facility, that provides close quarter training by simulating an interior environment. This allows the outdoor training to be separate from the adjacent neighborhood by way of a visual barrier and serves as a noise suppressor. This state of the art facility has gained world-wide recognition for its various training components and has become the model that is being replicated on an international basis.