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Construction Begins on Border Wall Prototypes

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Prototype construction on the planned border wall between the United States and Mexico broke ground on Tuesday (Sept. 26). Eight designs—four to be made from concrete, and four from alternative materials—were chosen for this phase of the project.

Border Wall Prototypes

Each prototype wall will be between 18 to 30 feet high, and is scheduled for completion within the next 30 days.

"We are committed to securing our border and that includes constructing border walls," said Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner. "Our multi-pronged strategy to ensure the safety and security of the American people includes barriers, infrastructure, technology and people."

“Moving forward with the prototypes enables us to continue to incorporate all the tools necessary to secure our border," he added.

A law enforcement presence was in place Tuesday morning when equipment was being set up on the prototype site, which is only a few yards away from a pre-existing border fence, noted NBC 7 San Diego

Contracts Awarded

At the end of August, the CBP announced that it had awarded four contracts for the construction of prototype concrete border wall segments.

The four construction firms contracted for this prototype phase were:

  • Caddell Construction Co. (DE), LLC, Montgomery, Alabama;
  • Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., DBA Fisher Industries, Tempe, Arizona;
  • Texas Sterling Construction Co., Houston, Texas; and
  • W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, Philadelphia, Mississippi.

The contracts were reportedly valued in the $400,000 to $500,000 range.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Prototype construction began on the planned border wall between the United States and Mexico broke ground on Tuesday (Sept. 26). Eight designs—four to be made from concrete, and four from alternative materials—were chosen for this phase of the project.

A few weeks later, the awards for four prototype contracts using alternative materials were also announced. Those included:

  • Caddell Construction Co. (DE), LLC, Montgomery, Alabama;
  • W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, Philadelphia, Mississippi.
  • KWR Construction Inc., of Sierra Vista, Arizona; and
  • ELTA North America Inc., of Annapolis Junction, Maryland.

The “other materials” request for proposals included many of the same requirements as the concrete wall in terms of height, depth and scalability, but adds a requirement for a “see-through component/capability that facilitates situational awareness.”

The U.S.-Mexico border stretches nearly 2,000 miles, with about 670 miles currently divided by fencing, much of which was built after a 2006 authorization signed by former President George W. Bush. Current fencing includes stretches of post-and-rail, chain-link, sheet metal and other fencing materials.

   

Tagged categories: concrete; Government; Government contracts; NA; North America; President Trump; Program/Project Management

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