Trump gives architects five days to propose design for border wall

President of the United States, Donald Trump has insisted on going ahead with his controversial plans on building a wall bordering Mexico, giving architects until March 10 to submit proposals.

The US Department of Homeland Security had issued a notice last month to open calls for the design and construction of the border all on 6 March 2017.

The brief is described as “design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico”.

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Architects will then have a five days to submit their designs, with the deadline set for March 10, with contracts awarded by mid-April.

Here is the full notice from the Federal Business Opportunities website:

The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends on issuing a solicitation in electronic format on or about March 6, 2017 for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico.

The procurement will be conducted in two phases, the first requiring vendors to submit a concept paper of their prototype(s) by March 10, 2017, which will result in the evaluation and down select of offerors by March 20, 2017.

The second phase will require the down select of phase one offerors to submit proposals in response to the full RFP by March 24, 2017, which will include price. Multiple awards are contemplated by mid-April for this effort. An option for additional miles may be included in each contract award.

Pictured is Mexican firm Estudio 3.14 envisioning President Trump’s wall as a Luis Barragan-inspired barrier rendered in hot pink.

Last month,  the American Institute of Architects pledged its support for the president following his election, later apologising after a backlash from its members.

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