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?
At the end of March 2017, a massive fire underneath Atlanta’s I-85, a major highway that handles around 243,000 vehicles each day, caused a large section to collapse. Since then, it has left traffic in the area in rough shape, and Atlanta is already known for their bad traffic, especially ITP. That’s hip Atlanta terminology that stands for “Inside the Perimeter,” or inside of the 285 outer belt.
Many could argue that peanut butter and jelly or spaghetti and meat balls go together about as well as cursing and construction job site. Sometimes I find myself surprised that there are more curse words written into construction proposals.
Construction industry groups are applauding President Donald Trump’s decision to sign a measure that eliminates a rule that would allow OSHA to issue citations for recordkeeping violations up to 5 years old. The previous statute of limitations was 6 months.
It’s that time again to begin Construction Junkie’s annual search for the best construction podcast! Last year, newcomer to the scene ConTechTrio took home the crown for best podcast and they’re continuing to make waves on the platform, with interviews with heavy hitter guests from the world of construction each episode. 2015’s winner was Cesar Abeid’s Construction Industry Podcast, but unfortunately there have not been any new shows released since August of 2015.
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One of the most challenging issues with modular construction, of any kind, is the sheer size and weight of many of the components that need to be transported and lifted in place once onsite. That presents a specifically tough situation for jobsites that are not easy to get to. Arup, a design, engineering, and consulting team in the United Kingdom, has developed and successfully implemented what they say is the “world’s first modular glass-fiber, reinforced polymer bridge.” You may remember Arup from their testing of a “living wall” scaffolding cover that we wrote about last year.
Prior to January 20th, 2017, it was almost a daily occurrence for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a press release about a large fine they have recently levied against businesses. Since January 20th, news coming directly from OSHA has been extremely sparse. There were some updates, like the delay of their new silica dust exposure rule and information about their “Safe and Sound Campaign,” but nothing about recent fines and citations.
Originally set to be enforced on June 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration new rule regarding silica dust exposure limits has been delayed an additional 90 days, to September 23, 2017. Many construction industry groups were upset by the new rule, as they deemed it “technologically and economically infeasible, but also unnecessary.”
In 2015, Milwaukee released their robust smart tool management platform, ONE-KEY. The smartphone and web application allows users to not only keep data of their tools spread across different users and jobsites, but it also offers tool customization and tool tracking, for tools that are enabled with ONE-KEY. Earlier this year, the platform got a major upgrade with the release of added tool security, which allow users to hide tools, lock the trigger or footpad, or completely render the tool useless remotely if lost or stolen.
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The Bosch REAXX Jobsite Table Saw has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride since it was announced in 2015. SawStop, the first company to market with a table saw that detects flesh and stops the blade, filed a lawsuit against Bosch for patent infringement in mid-2015. That lawsuit delayed the release of REAXX to 2016, a year after the company planned to release it. The ruling in that case has put another speed bump in the rollout plans for Bosch.
3D printing has had to overcome plenty of obstacles, including materials, mobility, weather, and height. Slowly, but surely, technology companies are beginning to overcome these challenges. A 400 square foot house was recently printed in concrete on-site, in less than 24 hours and in freezing temperatures. Other companies are working on perfecting 3D printed steel for pedestrian bridges. Height limitations seem to be the hardest problem to solve, however.