Monday, 23 October, 2017

Sierra Vista firm gets contract for part of border wall construction

Environmentalists File New Challenges to Trump's Border Wall Prototypes US border agency awards more design contracts for border wall
Howard Terry | 10 September, 2017, 08:11

Last week, the agency announced contracts for prototypes for four concrete walls.

Last week the agency announced the four companies that won contracts to build prototypes for the concrete portion of the wall.

KWR Construction will construct a prototype with alternate materials that will aim to "deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed" and "provide an innovative perspective in the application of new materials".

"The border wall prototypes and designs will complement other tools we employ to secure our borders", said Ronald Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner at CBP.

Construction on both sets of prototypes is expected to begin soon, perhaps later this month - though CBP has not given out a timetable yet.

Taller than the border wall at 30 feet, the art is an enlarged black-and-white photo of a one-year-old baby named "Quiquito" mounted on scaffolding.

Democrats have said they will oppose any bill that includes a penny for the wall.

Trump said during the campaign he envisioned the wall would be made of concrete.

Construction of the prototypes will be paid for using a $20 million wall fund that was already in the fiscal 2017 budget.

White House officials have suggested that the entire wall project could cost between $8 and $12 billion, but internal DHS assessments suggest the cost could be higher - as much as $21 billion. "Trump is willing to throw environmental protections out the window and fulfill his divisive and destructive campaign promise". That suit challenges the constitutionality of Homeland Security's ability to waive environmental rules along the border to speed the project. "What's to stop him from using this lawless approach to wreck wildlife refuges and lovely public lands all along the border?"

The four companies awarded contracts on Thursday are Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama; KWR Construction Inc. of Sierra Vista, Arizona; ELTA North America Inc. of Annapolis Junction, Maryland; and W G Yates & Sons Construction Company of Philadelphia, Mississippi. "Like for us we know all the implications, what it represents, how it divides, but for a kid, I didn't have the answer", he said, Associated Press reported.

That brings the total number of companies involved to six, because Caddell and WG Yates were also selected to build concrete prototypes.

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