Construction firms rush to beat bid deadline for border wall

Hispanic Fort Worth contractor to bid on building part of Trump's border wall

Some North Texas companies are hopeful their bids to get contract work on the proposed border wall win favor with federal decision makers.

Tuesday is the deadline enacted by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency. 

Some 600 plus companies filed initial paperwork to work on the wall, a hallmark of President Trump's campaign.

One of those is J.P. Construction in Fort Worth run by longtime contractor John Garrett.

"We could handle part of it," said Garrett. "I put my bid on March 31."

Garrett thinks as a largely minority run operation of some 50 workers, he has a good shot at earning some work on a project that could stretch roughly 2,000 miles between Mexico and the U.S.

"We'd need all types of machinery, water for desert areas, man camps etc." he said.

Other operations, like The Penna Group, say they are one of the real contenders for substantial work.

Long specializing in federal and military bid projects, CEO Michael Evangalista-Ysasaga said submitting a bid was an necessary call.

"They're estimating about $21.5 billion to do the actual construction of a full wall," he said on Monday.

Although 80 percent of his workers are Hispanic, he said most of them agreed it was better to try and build a safe wall, rather than something that could be impractical.

"We were hearing weird stuff, like lethal designs," he said. "We have to be a productive part of the solution rather than let the people that don't care be the only voice at the table."

The agency laid out basic requirements, such as the wall extending six feet below ground, and stretching to around 30 feet high.
 
Documents also suggest it should be "ascetically pleasing," and be impenetrable for at least an hour so border agents can respond in the case of a breach.
 
Finalists will likely be decided in the next coupe of months, with those companies then asked to build prototypes after that.

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