Four Companies Awarded Contracts to Build Border Wall Prototypes

Posted September 01, 2017

Fisher Industries, the parent company to Fisher Sand and Gravel Co., was started in southwestern North Dakota by Gene Fisher in 1952 as an aggregate mining company.

Constructing the wall to curb illegal immigration and combat drug trafficking has been Trump's signature pledge on the campaign trail and after he became president.

Four companies were awarded contracts to build reinforced concrete models up to 9m high, Acting CBP Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello announced.

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The agency will make a decision on the "other materials" Request for Proposal in the next week.

"The prototypes will inform future design standards, which will likely continue to evolve to meet the U.S. Border Patrol's requirements", according to the CBP release.

The four contracts are worth up to $500,000 (£387,000) each.

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The Trump administration has taken another step toward building a wall on the United States border with Mexico, even as funding for the project remains in question. Through the prototyping process, CBP may identify new designs or influences for new designs that will expand the current border barrier toolkit that CBP could use to construct a border wall system.

The walls will also need to feature cable conduits and other design features for sensors and cameras.

CBP has said it anticipates building four to eight prototypes and said Thursday it expects construction to begin this fall. Vitiello showed diagrams of plans for border solutions in both urban and rural areas, which included a "see-through" design, usually a bollard fence, along the immediate border, a zone for enforcement, and then a secondary barrier with the cameras and sensors.

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