US President Donald Trump is set to go ahead with one of his key campaign pledges to build a wall along the country’s border with Mexico, issuing an open call for designers and architects to submit initial design proposals for the wall by 20 March.
The US Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a tender on the Federal Business Opportunities site, detailing the “design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico”.
Deadline 20 March
The tender highlights that submitted design proposals are expected to the take the form of nine-metre high concrete wall structures that “meet requirements for aesthetics, anti-climbing, and resistance to tampering or damage”.
The first phase of the application process – launching on 8 March – will require design teams to submit a concept paper of their idea, with a deadline of 20 March.
Phase two will then require shortlisted applicants to submit further proposals based on more detailed requirements including pricing, which will be due by 3 May.
“It’s way, way, way ahead of schedule”
CBP expects to issue multiple award contracts, with the potential for additional construction work on the wall to be included in each contract.
“The intent of this procurement is to acquire and evaluate available wall prototypes and provide some initial construction of some wall segments, but is not intended as the vehicle for the procurement of the total wall solution for the border with Mexico,” says CBP.
The announcement of the tender comes after president Trump’s comments about the border wall at a speech during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland last month, saying: “It’s way, way, way ahead of schedule”, reports the BBC.