CBP Announces Contract Awards for ‘Other Materials’ Border Wall Prototypes

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Pedestrian fence in El Centro sector, California

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced 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 announced last week that it had awarded contracts for the concrete border wall prototypes as well. The awards for the “other materials” complete the process for soliciting bids for the two types of border wall prototypes.

The agency said that the “other materials” border wall prototypes will serve two important purposes.

First, given their robust physical characteristics, such as being 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 will be meeting with the companies to determine the timeline for construction but it is expected to begin in the fall.

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