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Further contracts awarded for Trump’s wall samples

US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has awarded further contracts for samples of the proposed border wall made from materials other than concrete.

Four companies have been selected to construct prototypes from alternat materials. They are:

  • Caddell Construction of Montgomery, Alabama;
  • KWR Construction of Sierra Vista, Arizona;
  • ELTA North America of Annapolis Junction, Maryland;
  • WG Yates & Sons Construction of Philadelphia, Mississippi.

CBP officials will meet with the vendors and determine construction timeline; it expects to construct the prototypes in the fall.

The “other materials” border wall prototypes are designed to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed and will be between 18 and 30 feet high. Use of alternate materials is intended to provide CBP with an innovative perspective in the application of new materials, which will allow it to evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs to complement the current wall and barrier used along the Southwest border.

CBP had already appointed companies to make prototypes from concrete (link opens in new tab).

The Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, issued by President Donald Trum on January 25, states that “the [Department of Homeland Security] Secretary shall take steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.”

On March 17, CBP issued two Requests for Proposals to acquire conceptual wall designs with the intent to construct multiple prototypes.

CBP said that the prototypes will inform future design standards, which will likely continue to evolve to meet the US Border Patrol’s requirements. Through the prototyping process, CBP may identify new designs or influences that will expand the current border barrier toolkit.


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This article was published on 11 Sep 2017 (last updated on 11 Sep 2017).

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