WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today contract awards for “other materials” prototypes of the border wall. The following companies were selected to construct alternate materials border wall prototypes:
Caddell Construction Co., (DE), LLC, Montgomery, Alabama
KWR Construction, Inc. – Sierra Vista, Arizona
ELTA North America Inc. – Annapolis Junction, Maryland
W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, Philadelphia, Mississippi
CBP officials will meet with the vendors and determine construction timeline, however we expect to construct the prototypes in the fall.
Prototypes constructed from alternate materials will serve two important ends. First, given their robust physical characteristics-for example, they will be between 18 and 30 feet high-the “other materials” border wall prototypes are designed to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed. Second, they will provide an innovative perspective in the application of new materials which will allow 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.