Past Features

September 1, 2017

Trump concrete wall
designs selected
Selection of "other types of designs" - coming next
may be more important

US Customs and Border Protection Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello, shows a concept illustration of a US-Mexico border enforcement zone during a news conference announcing the selected vendors for construction of the concrete wall prototypes for the border wall, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) -- See larger concept illustration --- See DHS/CBP Press release
Dow Jones -- August 31, 2017
Four companies chosen to build prototypes of US border wall
    The Trump administration has selected four companies to build short sections of concrete wall as models for its border barrier with Mexico, in the first significant step in President Donald Trump's campaign promise to stop illegal immigration.
    US Customs and Border Protection announced the four bid winners Thursday. They are Caddell Construction Co. LLC from Montgomery, Ala.; Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., dba Fisher Industries in Tempe, Ariz.; Texas Sterling Construction Co. from Houston; and W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company in Philadelphia, Miss.
    The average cost of the prototypes is about $US450,000, and they will be 30 feet long and up to 30 feet high and made of solid concrete, according to Ron Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner for the customs agency. They'll be built in San Diego.
    Officials said the models will be evaluated to see which will work best. There could be multiple winners, or an alternate design could win.
    Construction could start within a couple weeks.
    The agency will announce winners for a second bid, for other types of wall designs, as soon as next week. The administration said it's only considering concrete as a secondary barrier for areas where fencing already exists, officials said.

American Border Patrol -- September1, 2017
Second bid will be closer to Trump's ideas
   The selection of contractors for the concrete wall was based on proposals submitted last March. A report by Business Insider, July 13: "One of the things with the wall is you need transparency," Trump said. "You have to be able to see through it. In other words, if you can't see through that wall --- so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what's on the other side of the wall.”
    If the March concrete wall proposals did not include a see-through capability, would DHS/CBP have to build what was proposed? DHS/CBP now says "it's only considering concrete as a secondary barrier for areas where fencing already exists,” so maybe they would.
    It appears that the winners of the second bid for other types of designs will most likely be closer to what the president wants.
    That choice will come in the next couple of weeks.