Feature Photo (above): The border crossing at Puerto Jerónimo, Chihuahua/Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Image: Google Streets/Hugo.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Galveston (Galveston County) — The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $789 million Army contract to Galveston-based SLSCO Ltd. (SLS) for border replacement wall construction.
The award posted Tuesday was one of two border wall project awards issued this week. Barnard Construction Company Inc. of Bozeman, Montana was awarded a $187 million contract for the design-bid-build construction of a primary pedestrian wall replacement on a border segment in Yuma, Arizona. Estimated completion on the Yuma project is Sept. 30, 2020.
Combined, the two awards will replace 57 miles of fencing.
SLS will perform work on a border segment to the south of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, which is a surburb of El Paso, Texas. This project has an estimated completion deadline of Oct. 1, 2020.
Nine bids were solicited by DOD for this project and six bids were received. According to media reports, SLS has secured at least three other contracts to build various types of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Army funds in the amount of $388,999,999 were obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Albuquerque, New Mexico office is the contracting agency (W912PP-19-C-0018).
The existing U.S.-Mexico border fence south of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, as seen from the Anapra-San Jerónimo Highway in the state of Chihuahua. Image: Google Streets.
Headquartered in Galveston, SLS has offices in Houston, New Orleans, New York, Charleston and the Caribbean Basin. The company has a history of providing commercial, heavy civil, and residential services on federal, state and local government projects.
SLS performed housing rehabilitation work in 2018 in Puerto Rico as part of the “Tu Hogar Renace” (Your Home Reborn) federal program to help island residents recover from Hurricane Maria.