Designs due by March 29
The Department of Homeland Security has posted two Request for Proposals from private contractors for prototype designs of President Trump's border wall separating the U.S. and Mexico. One RFP is for a "solid concrete border wall" and another is for an "other border wall" which does not specify the building material used.
The new timeline established in the documents allows interested bidders two weeks (March 29) to create and submit a design concept of what the border-wall prototype will look like, with two design options for companies.
Plans are for the prototype segments to begin within three months in San Diego.
Prototype Specs - Threshold Requirements
After the March 29 deadline, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will take two weeks to evaluate the submissions, eventually narrowing the field to no more than 40 combined for both categories of designs.
Those private contractors will have 30 days to create and submit a full proposal which includes a breakdown of costs, labor hours, materials needed, a 30-day build schedule, and subcontracting plans. During the first half of the 30-day construction period for the prototypes, each contractor must also build a 10-by-10-foot mock up of their design that CBP will test for breaches, but not for climbing or digging.
CBP will then take two weeks to evaluate the full proposals and award an unspecified number of contracts, with a 30-day construction period to follow. The contracts will be for five years and worth up to $300 million each.
During the first half of the 30-day construction period for the prototypes, each contractor must also build a 10-by-10-foot mock up of their design that CBP will test for breaches, but not for climbing or digging.
The RFP also states that the contractor will be responsible for all personnel and equipment security during the entire project lifecycle:
Article C.11 Security
It shall be the Contractor's responsibility to furnish its own security for personnel and to safeguard its equipment during the entire project lifecycle. This shall include, but not be limited to, the actual project sites and/or staging areas and storage facilities. The Contractor shall install temporary chain link fencing with barbed wire to deter vandalism to the structures when no work is taking place. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not provide security for the Contractor, its equipment, or its materials.