As promised last week, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency named four more contractors to build samples of their designs for the U.S. - Mexico border, but instead of concrete designs this group will build see-through prototypes.
The four companies awarded contracts for 'other materials' Thursday are:
- Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama
- KWR Construction Inc. of Sierra Vista, Arizona
- ELTA North America Inc. of Annapolis Junction, Maryland
- W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company of Philadelphia, Mississippi .
CBP officials will meet with the vendors and determine construction timeline and expect construction of the prototypes to begin in the fall in San Diego.
Prototypes constructed from alternate materials will be between 18 and 30 feet high and will provide an innovative perspective in the application of new materials for CBP to evaluate the potential for new wall and barrier designs to complement the current wall and barrier used along the Southwest border.
CBP’s decision on the “other materials” Request for Proposal (RFP) is the second and final decision related to selection of prototype designs for the border wall. Last week, CBP announced four contract awards for concrete wall prototypes.
All told, the eight prototypes will cost a total of $3.6 million and will be built in San Diego , probably during this fall.