clear
Friday November 24th, 2017 3:55AM

Trump's border wall models take shape in San Diego

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego.

The prototypes form a tightly packed row of imposing concrete and metal panels, including one with sharp metal edges on top. Another has a surface resembling an expensive brick driveway.

Companies have until Oct. 26 to finish the models but Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said the last two came into profile, with crews installing a corrugated metal surface on the eighth model on a dirt lot just a few steps from homes in Tijuana, Mexico.

As the crews worked, three men and two women from Nepal, ages 19 to 30, jumped a short rusted fence from Tijuana into the construction site and were immediately stopped by agents on horseback.

Francisco said there have been four or five other illegal crossing attempts at the site since work began Sept. 26.

The models, which cost the government up to $500,000 each, were spaced 30 feet (9.1 meters) apart. Slopes, thickness and curves vary. One has two shades of blue with white trim. The others are gray, tan or brown — in sync with the desert.

Bidding guidelines call for the prototypes to stand between 18 and 30 feet (5.5 and 9.1 meters) high and be able to withstand at least an hour of punishment from a sledgehammer, pickaxe, torch, chisel or battery-operated tools.

Features also should prevent the use of climbing aids such as grappling hooks, and the segments must be "aesthetically pleasing" when viewed from the U.S. side.

The administration hasn't said how many winners it will pick or whether Trump will weigh in himself.

There is currently 654 miles (1,052 kilometers) of single-layer fence on the 1,954-mile (3,143-kilometer) border, plus 51 miles (82 kilometers) of double- and triple-layer fence.

"I'm sure they will engage in a lot of tests against these structures to see how they function with different challenges," U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday after touring the construction site.

Trump has asked Congress for $1.6 billion to replace 14 miles of wall (22.4 kilometers) in San Diego and build 60 miles (96 kilometers) in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.

Here's a rundown of companies building prototypes, their headquarters and value of their contract. Two are making one concrete prototype and another using other materials.

CADELL CONSTRUCTION CO., Montgomery, Alabama. ($344,000 for concrete wall, $320,000 for other wall)

Its tan concrete wall is thick at the bottom and narrows considerably toward the pointed top. The other, also tan, has metal poles on the bottom, a metal plate in the middle, and concrete block on top.

The general construction company founded in 1983 says its projects include U.S. embassies in Beijing and Kabul, Afghanistan, terminals at Houston's George Bush International Airport and renovations to the Denver Mint.

W.G. YATES & SONS CONSTRUCTION CO., Philadelphia, Mississippi. ($453,548 for concrete wall, $458,103 for other wall)

Its models are a darker brown than other prototypes and topped by round beams. Its concrete panel has a plain face; its metal one has a corrugated surface.

The 53-year-old company has worked in a wide range of projects, including a Toyota plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, a county jail in Olmito, Texas, a marine terminal in Jacksonville, Florida, and a power plant near Panama City, Florida.

___

Two companies are building concrete walls.

FISHER SAND & GRAVEL CO., Tempe, Arizona. ($365,000 contract)

It's the only prototype to be built entirely on site — as opposed to being hauled in. Its tan surface gradually narrows toward the top, like a long triangle.

Part of conglomerate Fisher Industries, the company produces sand, gravel and other products for roads, dams and large public works projects. The company is active is 12 western states.

TEXAS STERLING CONSTRUCTION CO., Houston. ($470,000 contract)

The gray surface of the U.S. side is stamped with patterns of different-sized bricks, like a driveway or sidewalk at an upscale home. There is a steel plate on top with prongs that feature at three metal spikes, resembling an agave plant.

Parent company Sterling Construction Co., founded in 1991, specializes in water and transportation projects, including highways, bridges, ports, light rail, wastewater and storm drainage systems. It is active in Utah, Texas, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, California and Hawaii.

___

Two companies were selected to build walls made of materials other than concrete.

KWR CONSTRUCTION INC., Sierra Vista, Arizona. ($486,411 contract)

Its gray metal columns are topped with a large metal plate. The small, Hispanic-owned company counts the Homeland Security, Defense and Interior departments among its largest customers.

ELTA NORTH AMERICA INC., Annapolis Junction, Maryland. ($406,319 contract)

Its solid metal wall features six light blue squares with white trim on the bottom third, topped by dark blue beams and metal plates.

ELTA is a large Israeli defense contractor owned by state-run Israel Aerospace Industries. The company, which makes radar and other gear, opened its new U.S. headquarters in Maryland in May.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Business
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Before execution, Alabama inmate defiant with words, actions
A man convicted of killing a police officer in 1997 has been put to death by lethal injection, despite his claims that the state's execution method is cruel and unusual
11:54PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Student, 2 others die in shooting near Colorado university
Three people, including a Colorado State University student, were killed and one person was wounded in a pre-dawn shooting outside an apartment building near campus
11:45PM ( 35 minutes ago )
Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls
White House chief of staff John Kelly denounces Rep. Wilson, defends Trump's phone call to soldier's widow
11:13PM ( 1 hour ago )
U.S. News
Hernandez hits 3 HRs, Dodgers top Cubs to reach World Series
LA Story: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs 11-1 to advance to World Series
12:04AM ( 16 minutes ago )
Raiders score on final play to beat Chiefs 31-30
Derek Carr threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two straight defensive holding calls and the Oakland Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-30 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs
12:03AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Study: World pollution deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger
Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people and costing the world $4.6 trillion a year, a toll exceeding that of war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters
12:02AM ( 18 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp
The Senate has passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint that is a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promises for "massive tax cuts and reform."
10:54PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Senate passes $4 trillion budget blueprint
The Senate has passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint that is a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promises for "massive tax cuts and reform."
9:33PM ( 2 hours ago )
10 Things to Know for Friday
Among 10 Things to Know: Chief of staff comes to Trump's defense; crisis over Catalonia escalates; financial toll from California wildfires reaches $1B.
9:29PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP National News
California fires cause $1B in damages, burn 7,000 buildings
California officials raise number of homes and structures destroyed in this month's wildfires to nearly 7,000, say initial insured losses top $1 billion and will rise
7:23PM ( 4 hours ago )
Senators push for more online transparency in elections
Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections
6:27PM ( 5 hours ago )
Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator
After nine months on the job, President Donald Trump has shown a preference for delegating to lawmakers on everything from health care and immigration to foreign policy
6:22PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Online National News
Supreme Court temporarily halts Alabama execution
The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily delayed the execution of an Alabama inmate just minutes before he was scheduled to die
7:20PM ( 5 hours ago )
Los Angeles police open Weinstein sex assault investigation
Los Angeles police say they are investigating a possible sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein _ the first involving the producer in the city
6:42PM ( 5 hours ago )
Big & Rich are back in Vegas for shooting benefit concert
American country music duo Big & Rich will be as concerned with security as they are about their singing with their return to a Las Vegas stage after the mass Oct. shooting
4:00PM ( 8 hours ago )
Top U.S. News short headlines
US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk
The U.S. government is urging that large, personal electronic devices like laptops be banned from airline checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic explosion and fire
4:38PM ( 7 hours ago )
Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums
Q&A: Bipartisan health care bill offers stability for markets; potential respite for consumers on premium hikes
4:30PM ( 7 hours ago )
Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid
Spain's political crisis over Catalonia's quest for independence is escalating
3:25PM ( 8 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
George R.R. Martin mixes business, politics at film forum
Author and film producer George R. R. Martin is wading into the politics of film-industry tax breaks while endorsing a prominent Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico.
11:46PM ( 35 minutes ago )
Asian shares rise as investors await Japan vote, Fed choice
Asian shares are pushing higher as investors stayed optimistic about global conditions while awaiting the outcome of political events in China and Japan and speculated over Trump's choice of next Fed chief
11:28PM ( 53 minutes ago )
South Koreans recommend gov't complete 2 nuclear reactors
South Koreans are recommending the government continue building two nuclear reactors the new president had wanted to shutter
10:42PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Before execution, Alabama inmate defiant with words, actions
A man convicted of killing a police officer in 1997 has been put to death by lethal injection, despite his claims that the state's execution method is cruel and unusual
11:54PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Student, 2 others die in shooting near Colorado university
Three people, including a Colorado State University student, were killed and one person was wounded in a pre-dawn shooting outside an apartment building near campus
11:45PM ( 36 minutes ago )
Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls
White House chief of staff John Kelly denounces Rep. Wilson, defends Trump's phone call to soldier's widow
11:13PM ( 1 hour ago )
Alabama executes man who killed police officer 20 years ago
A man convicted of killing a police officer in 1997 has been put to death by lethal injection, despite his claims that the state's execution method is cruel and unusual
10:57PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Alabama executes man who killed police officer
An Alabama inmate who challenged the state's execution drug method has been put to death for killing police officer in 1997
10:49PM ( 1 hour ago )