Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

CBP Seeking Bids for Building Border Wall Prototypes

CBP Seeking Bids for Building Border Wall Prototypes

The US-Mexico wall should be 30 feet (9 meters) high, hard to climb or cut through and look good from the north side, according to US government contract notices.

One Request for Proposal (RFP) is for a concrete wall, while the other is for other types of barriers.

Building a wall across the entire 2,000-mile length of the border with Mexico was one of President Trump's most frequent and popular promises on the campaign trail.

Omitted from the requests is the word "impenetrable" - a quality Trump vowed the wall would have.

"The general intent of this acquisition is to award multiple indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ), task order contracts for the design and construction of border wall and associated tactical infrastructure/technology along the southwest border", the request states. It also wants those making proposals to ensure that they include plans to prevent people tunneling or digging at least six feet under the wall.

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Among the requirements is that the wall be "aesthetically pleasing in color" and blend into or match the surrounding landscape on the United States side.

The government outlines that the wall must be able to withstand a "sledgehammer, auto jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools". Each prototype is expected to cost between $200,000 and $500,000, the government notice said. Puebla-based lighting company Ecovelocity was the lone Mexican firm that registered on the US government website to submit a bid to work on the wall. Finalists will make a two-and-half hour long oral presentation to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, which is overseeing the contest.

Successful applicants would be asked to build a 30-foot-wide sample wall in San Diego for final selection.

Almost 200 companies from 41 states have signaled their interest in being selected to work on President Trump's proposed southern border wall, according to the February 28 article. The bids will determine how much the wall may cost, but previous estimates have ranged from $15 billion to $25 billion. The Trump administration plans to eventually bring in 5,000 new Border Patrol officers and add 10,000 special agents to ICE's ranks.

An additional $1.5 billion in the budget proposal would pay to build more detention centers for border crossers and to fund their removal from the country.

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