Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Contractors, Read This Before You Design the Wall

Let the bidding begin.
Illustration: 731

On March 17 the Trump administration released its invitation for contractors to build the president’s “big, beautiful” border wall. Bidders were instructed to adhere to a few basic if relatively vague requirements (below) and had less than two weeks to submit their ideas. In April finalists will be asked to build full-scale 30-foot-long prototypes of their design, along with smaller mock-ups “to allow the Government to test and evaluate the anti-destruct characteristics of the bidder’s wall design.”

“The wall design shall be physically imposing in height. The Government’s nominal concept is for a 30-foot-high wall. Offerors should consider this height, but designs with heights of at least 18 feet may be acceptable. Designs with heights of less than 18 feet are not acceptable.”