ESA is working with Milo Live on a new 4-lane modular firing range for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection Office in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. This work is coming on the heels of ESA/Milo’s successful completion of a similar, larger project earlier this year in Mississippi for the United States Air Force. The site of the work on St. Thomas is at CBP’s newest field office, completed and opened in January of 2023. The location, a former naval barracks facility atop Crown Mountain, was sourced by DHS and remodeled and rehabilitated. It overlooks Lindbergh Bay, the Caribbean Sea, and the Island’s Cyril King Airport. The office currently houses a component of CBP personnel, as well as a dog kennel, a fitness center, and meeting/training spaces.
Soon it will also boast an indoor small arm firing range which will enable personnel to train without having to leave the area to do so. This new firing range, originally scheduled to be complete in August of 2023, is now slated for completion in April of 2024. According to ESA project manager Shawn Hanley, there have been a few changes with the design and some challenges with the terrain.
The August completion timeline was the initial target, but due to design and site issues we believe it will be completed and turned over in April 2024. ESA will be responsible for constructing the footing, electrical, and drainage elements of the project, while Milo Live will be assembling the modular firing range at their headquarters in Las Vegas, transporting the components to St. Thomas, and ultimately utilizing a crane on the site to install the range” he stated.
ESA is using local subcontractor Cecil Thomas for the footing and drainage work, while a different subcontractor to Thomas will be installing the electrical components necessary for the project. Once ESA’s personnel complete the sitework, foundation—Milo Live will finish out the project in the spring of next year.