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More US border wall details announced

us and mexico border at tijuana

New details have emerged of how the border wall between the United States and Mexico might look and who could design, or provide supplies, for it.

In the latest updates on the pre-solicitation notice, it says that the client, the Department of Homeland Security, Customs & Border Protection (CBP), will procure 9m high concrete wall structures. In addition it says that the structures “will meet requirements for aesthetics, anti-climbing, and resistance to tampering or damage”.

So far more than 600 firms have registered as interested vendors. This does not signify an intent to submit a bid, although these firms  have signed up to receive further information. These include Fluor Federal Solutions and Lafarge North America.

CBP intends to issue the final request for proposals after Wednesday. The procurement process will start with a concept paper of a prototype which will be evaluated. Those invited to continue in the process will be invited to respond to the full proposals, including pricing, around six weeks later. There will be multiple contracts, which will be to evaluate the prototypes and even provide some initial construction. However, this procurement process is not for the full border wall.

A spokesman for Fluor said it did not comment on potential projects. New Civil Engineer has contacted Lafargeholcim, Lafarge North America’s parent company for a comment.


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