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
- The wall design shall be reinforced concrete.
- The wall design shall be physically imposing in height. The Government’s nominal concept is for a 30-foot high wall. Offerors should consider this height, but designs with heights of at least 18 feet may be acceptable. Designs with heights of less than 18 feet are not acceptable.
- It shall not be possible for a human to climb to the top of the wall or access the top of the wall from either side unassisted (e.g. via the use of a ladder, etc.)
- The wall design shall include anti-climb topping features that prevent scaling using common and more sophisticated climbing aids (e.g. grappling hooks, handholds, etc.)
- The wall shall prevent digging or tunneling below it for a minimum of 6 feet below the lowest adjacent grade.
- The wall shall prevent/deter for a minimum of 1 hour the creation a physical breach of the wall (e.g., punching through the wall) larger than 12-inches in diameter or square using sledgehammer, car jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools.
- The north side of wall (i.e. U.S. facing side) shall be aesthetically pleasing in color, anti-climb texture, etc., to be consistent with general surrounding environment. The manufacturing/construction process should facilitate changes in color and texture pursuant to site specific requirements.
- The wall design shall be able to accommodate surface drainage.
- The wall design shall be able to accommodate Border Patrol approved design standards for pedestrian and automated mechanized vehicle sliding gates (25 feet and 50 feet).
- The wall design shall be constructible to slopes up to 45 percent.
- The wall fittings and fixtures shall be secured on the north side of the wall to shield from external attack.
- The wall design should be cost effective to construct, maintain and repair
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.