In addition to building a brand new Sheriff’s Department administrative building in downtown Greensboro, Guilford County government is also sprucing up the department’s other facilities.
The county recently sent out a request for bids to fix up the parking lot in the department’s District 3 office in Jamestown, and, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the county announced that it’s taking bids for roofing replacement services for the Sheriff’s Department’s “Shoot House.”
That’s the building off of County Farm Road in eastern Guilford County where deputies and other law enforcement officers test their reactions to high-stress situations using live ammo to shoot at barricaded, hidden or suspected targets.
The idea is for the officers to learn to shoot fast when it’s a bad guy with a gun pointed toward them but hold fire when it’s a harmless old lady with a baby in her arms.
Over the years, Guilford County government has had plenty of roofing problems with its buildings including many, many schools, the Guilford County Courthouses in Greensboro and High Point, the Old Guilford County Court House in Greensboro and the county’s multi-service building at 325 E Russell Ave. in High Point.
So, it’s no surprise that a building with a tin roof where law enforcement agents are shooting off weapons all day long needs a new roof.
Guilford County has sent out the request for bids for the project, and the deadline for responses to the Guilford County Purchasing Department is 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3.
The project calls for the selected contractor to complete the removal of the existing metal roof and install new sheathing and shingles at the Shoot House.
Up until about eight years ago, the Sheriff’s Department ran an 800-acre Prison Farm that included the Shoot House. While the detention facility and inmate farming operations were shut down, the Sheriff’s Department still has a shooting range on the land as well as other training facilities such as the Shoot House.
The building has been used by federal, state and local agencies for training.
Former Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes had it built using confiscated drug money and using deputies and inmates for labor.
Barnes said of the roof replacement, “It probably needs one – some officers are not as good as others.”
A non-mandatory Pre-Proposal Zoom Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. and a non-mandatory site walkthrough will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.
Bidding documents, drawing, and specifications are available for viewing on Guilford County’s automated bidding system at https://guilfordcountync.munisselfservice.com and any questions about the bid documents should be emailed to the county’s Purchasing Department at
As always, the county is actively seeking participation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses.
With all the money floating around and Commissioners trying so hard to spend it, how about fixing the roof for the law enforcement needs.