DHS to seek designs for 30-foot-high border wall next week

The Department of Homeland Security next week expects to make its first formal request for designs of President Trump’s proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, which Trump has said is necessary to enforce U.S. immigration laws.

DHS said that while detailed requirements are still being worked out, it expects to erect 30-foot-high concrete walls along the border.

“[W]e anticipate procuring concrete wall structures, nominally 30 feet tall, that will meet requirements for aesthetics, anti-climbing, and resistance to tampering or damage,” DHS said in a March 3 notice describing its plans.

On Thursday, DHS issued an update that said it would issue a formal request for proposals as early as March 15.

DHS indicated that it would first ask companies to submit a “concept paper” of their designs by late March. Officials will evaluate the designs that are presented, and will ask for more details, including pricing, by mid-May.

DHS stressed that its request for proposal is not meant to cover the entire border wall but just parts of it.

“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,” DHS said.

Pete Kasperowicz

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