U.S. Customs and Border protection announced today that a North Dakota company along with three other have been selected to build concrete prototypes for the southern border wall.
Fisher Sand & Gravel Company, based in Dickinson, was one of the companies awarded a contract to build concrete prototypes for the southern boarder wall. President Trump made the wall a centerpiece in his history making 2016 campaign. The administration says the wall between the US and Mexico will cut down on illegal immigration, drug smuggling and human trafficking.
The full press release as well as the press conference from U.S. Customs and Border Protection can be seen below.
CBP Awards Contracts for Border Wall Prototypes
WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today that contracts have been awarded for concrete prototypes of the Border Wall.
The companies selected to construct concrete border wall prototypes are:
Caddell Construction Co., LLC
Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., DBA Fisher Industries
Texas Sterling Construction Co.
W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company
These concrete prototypes will serve two important ends. First, given their robust physical characteristics, like, reinforced concrete, between 18-30 feet high, the concrete border wall prototypes are designed to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed.
Second, the concrete border wall prototypes will allow CBP to evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs that could complement the wall and barrier designs we have used along the border over the last several years. As the border security environment continues to evolve, CBP will continually refresh its own inventory of tools to meet that evolution.
CBP will make a decision on the “other materials” Request for Proposal (RFP) in the next week. CBP officials will meet with the vendors and determine construction timeline, however we expect to construct the prototypes in the fall.
Issued Jan. 25, Presidential Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, 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. One RFP called for concrete wall design and the other RFP called for Other than Concrete wall design. Today, CBP announces the award of the concrete prototype contracts. Prototyping is an industry-tested approach to identify additional solutions when considering a new product or methodology. Through the construction of prototypes, CBP will partner with industry to identify the best means and methods to construct a border wall.
The prototypes will inform future design standards which will likely continue to evolve to meet the U.S. Border Patrol’s requirements. Through the prototyping process, CBP may identify new designs or influences for new designs that will expand the current border barrier toolkit that CBP could use to construct a border wall system. The border barrier toolkit is based on USBP’s requirements.