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Border Wall Prototypes Completed

Friday, October 27, 2017

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday (Oct. 26) that the construction of prototype border wall segments in southern California is complete, and a testing and evaluation period is underway.

Six contractors from throughout the country were selected as part of two requests for proposals earlier this year—one for a concrete border wall prototype and one for a prototype made with “other materials.” Construction began in late September on the prototypes, which were required to stand 18 to 30 feet high and 30 feet long.

The stretches of wall will be evaluated on a number of properties, including their resistance to being breached, climbed or tunneled under, and safety for Border Patrol agents.

RFP Specs

The concrete request for proposals, issued in March, called for the design and construction of a reinforced concrete wall along with tactical infrastructure, including access roads, fencing, drainage structures, vehicle gates, LED lighting, fiber optics and communication towers. The government’s nominal design was for a 30-foot wall, though designs 18 feet or taller were also considered.

The RFP called for the wall segments to reach at least 6 feet underground as well, to discourage tunneling under the structure, which has been an issue with some stretches of border fence that already exist at the nation’s southern boundary.

The “other materials” RFP included many of the same requirements in terms of height, depth and scalability, but added a requirement for a “see-through component/capability that facilitates situational awareness."

Wall Background

The border wall was a campaign signature for President Donald J. Trump; a funding solution has not yet been reached by the President and Congress.

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; Contractors; Government; Government contracts; NA; North America; Program/Project Management

Comment from Mike Vargo, (10/27/2017, 8:14 AM)

How many millions of empty shipping containers are being stored across the country? Would be nice to see if we could incorporate some of them into segments for the wall and get the stockpile reduced.

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