The wall is getting built, ladies and gentleman, and your company might just be one of the many who get to play a role in building it. The Trump administration has just released a set of guidelines for the U.S.-Mexico border wall as hundreds of organizations begin submitting bids in the hopes of landing a historic government contract.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the border wall should be 30 feet high and look particularly imposing to illegal immigrants seeking to gain entry into the United States. Any plan that does not run at least 18 feet high would be rejected immediately, as would one that does not run at least six feet underground to halt any tunnels.
As the agency has not yet decided what material the wall will consist of, it is asking contractors to submit a variety of proposals in order to get a better idea of what is possible in both concrete and non-concrete designs.
Other stipulations include that the wall should take at least one hour – but preferably more than for hours – for a person to make a hole in the wall, and it should be able to withstand a “sledgehammer, car jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools,” CBP documents revealed.
The wall won’t simply be about function, either: CBP documents require that the wall be “aesthetically pleasing” on the side facing the U.S., with “color, anti-climb texture etc., to be consistent with general surrounding environment.”
So far, upwards of 700 companies have signed on to be potential vendors for the project since the beginning of the month, when CBP began gauging public interest in participating. The deadline for contractors to submit proposals is March 29.