In what has and will continue to be one of the more controversial construction projects in American history, the US/Mexico border wall appears to be moving forward and there are many construction firms across the country that are very interested in the $20 billion project.
Posted by Federal Business Opportunities on February 24, 2017 and modified on March 3, 2017, the border wall has already drawn interest from 180 different construction companies, according to CityLab. The formal solicitation of the project to interested parties will be sent out on March 8. Preliminary planning estimates for the all include a requirement for a 30 foot tall wall made of concrete that “meet requirements for aesthetics, anti-climbing, and resistance to tampering or damage.” According to the notice, the contract procurement will be broken into two phases:
1. Vendors will be required to submit a concept paper of their prototype(s) of the design-build structure by March 20, 2017. Those prototypes will then be evaluated and the finalists, or “down select,” will be chosen to proceed to phase 2.
2. Proposals will be submitted in response to the request for proposal (RFP) by May 3, 2017, including the price.
“The intent of the procurement,” the notice says, “is to acquire and evaluate available wall prototypes and provide some initial construction of some wall segments, but is not intended as the vehicle for the procurement of the total wall solution for the border with Mexico.” The notice also explains that multiple awards are intended to be issued, so it sounds like they are not planning to rely on only one company to finish the massive project on time.
The Trump Administration will be pushing to complete the wall, which will span around 2,000 miles, by the end of 2020. That’s a breakneck speed for not only the bid process, but also the construction. According to the MIT Technology Review, half of the 2,000 miles already contain natural borders, like mountains and other natural barriers, so the actually wall may only be 1,000 miles.
It’s hard to imagine that the due diligence process, the design, and actual construction of the wall could even allow for the wall to be completed by 2020, especially with the plethora of lawsuits that are undoubtedly going to be hurled its way, for not only political reasons but also environmental concerns. However, if the most powerful person in the country insists it will be done, it’s at least got a fighting chance.
What do you think? Is $20 billion and less than 4 years going to be enough to complete the wall?
Every now and then a new product comes along and you ask yourself, “why didn’t I think of that?!” The OVAL Fire Extinguisher is just that product. Architecture and interior design have been moving towards cleaner lines in their spaces. Foregone are the days of bulky protruding water fountains (bubblers for my northern friends) and fire extinguisher cabinets. Interior designers are looking for cleaner and sleeker interior spaces but the 10lb fire extinguishers and cabinets have not changed for quite some time. OVAL is about to change all that.
Do you own Bosch Cordless Power Tools? Is it time for a battery upgrade? Take a look at Bosch’s new CORE 18V batteries. They have gone in and completely revamped their 18V batteries! They are now smaller, lighter, more powerful, have a longer life, and allow for more cuts and drives. Bosch has been able to achieve all of these benefits while also delivering corded performance in high-load applications.
On Tuesday, June 20, OSHA is set to propose a delay on new requirements for cranes and derricks in the construction industry at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).
Trenches are dangerous, but many companies and workers continue to deny it. Or their actions make it seem like they do, at least. There’s never an excuse to let someone into a hole if it hasn’t been properly sloped, benched, or shored. Nevertheless, dozens of construction workers are killed and injured by trench collapses every year.
Many contractors and repair technicians live out of their truck and Milwaukee Tool knows this. That’s why they’ve just released an M12 and M18 battery charger that plugs into the c12V DC outlet in your truck or van! As added security, the charger will automatically shut down if it senses that your vehicle’s battery is getting too low. Smart and ultra-convenient.
We know a lot of you out there could use this charger, so we teamed up with Milwaukee to give YOU the chance to WIN one! There are 4 ways to enter below!
The 2017 Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposium (NPS) was held last week at Milwaukee’s headquarters and it proved to be a whirlwind of new products and information from the red brand. Over 80 new tools and accessories, which will be released throughout the remainder of 2017, were presented to dozens of media representatives, including construction magazines, YouTubers, Instagrammers, and your favorite construction blog (Construction Junkie, obviously).
After flooding our social media pages with Milwaukee information and gathering our thoughts from the event, we’ve come up with our 9 biggest takeaways from the event, in no particular order.
Beards are a rite of passage for many men across the world. For some, it’s a symbol of their manliness, for others, it’s rooted in religious beliefs. One contractor in the UK, however, is concerned with the safety risk the facial hair causes.
Strange things are found on job sites across the globe all the time. We’ve shared plenty of stories in the past about the odd things construction workers have discovered, like human remains, 200,000 year old mammoth bones, ancient roman treasure, and more. When contractors dig in the dirt, there’s always a chance of uncovering history. Sometimes, though, the things found can be extremely dangerous.
Every year, Turner & Townsend, a construction and project management consultant in the UK, performs a large scale International Construction Market Survey. The survey examines spending and cost trends from major markets from around the world to provide insight on the construction industry’s global performance.