Firing range up for bid



Gun-slinging county commissioners, from left, Amy Lathen, Sallie Clark and Peggy Littleton.
  • El Paso County
  • Gun-slinging county commissioners, from left, Amy Lathen, Sallie Clark and Peggy Littleton.

Monday is the deadline for bids to build the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex near Gate 20 off Interstate 25 at Fort Carson.

El Paso County is handling the bidding process, which will not be based on low bid, according to the specifications, which state:

NOTE: Proposers are advised that THIS IS NOT A SEALED BID OR LOW BID PROCESS. The
County intends to make an award using the evaluation criteria to determine the “Best Value” for the
County as indicated in this Request for Proposals (RFP).

The bid is to be awarded in mid-May and the project completed before the end of September, the bid documents state.

No cost estimate is included in the bid announcement, but county officials previously have given the cost in the $750,000 range. Funding will come from grants and contributions from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, National Forest Service and others.

The project includes construction of shooting lanes for handguns, small-bore rifles and high-powered rifles. The contractor also will improve the access road, build an unpaved parking lot, install gates and a barbed wire perimeter fence, and develop erosion control measures.

The respondents are advised that the stormwater and erosion control features reflected on the plan are conceptual and not fully developed. The contractor will have to prepare the full storm water erosion control plan for this site. Estimated quantities for typical temporary erosion control measures have been included in the cost proposal tab and will be used in determining the contract amount. These quantities may not represent the actual quantity of temporary BMP’s required, based on the contractor’s plan.
The following elements reflected on the drawings will be furnished and installed by others: overhead
shelters for the shooting area, picnic benches, vehicle gates, post and dowel fencing, parking blocks,
shooting benches, targets, a marquee entrance sign with a timber support structure, and range signing.

The shooting range is being built as a replacement for the Rampart Range shooting area, which was closed by the U.S. Forest Service in summer of 2009 after a man was killed there in a shooting mishap.

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