POWAY–(PRNewswire)–Single Eagle Inc., which does business as Concrete Contractors Interstate (CCI), a structural and decorative concrete specialist, has submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s request for information on the design of the government’s proposed border wall. The Poway-based concrete company is one of numerous San Diego companies expected to bid on the project.
The focus of the Concrete Contractors Interstate’s proposal is on its unique iCON Wall Solution (iCON), a patent-pending wall system that will provide Homeland Security with artistically-creative design options for the building of the border wall. It’s bid specifically addresses the aesthetics of the wall and the way iCON can be utilized given the challenge of building a wall in some areas with difficult terrain. iCON is a tilt-up wall that is cast on-site, decorated like concrete flatwork and positioned vertically, which offers unlimited design options. iCON uses concrete to connect the tilt-up panel to the footing rather than a mechanical connection such as anchor bolts, weld plates or structural steel supports. In addition, the iCON Wall Solution offers an “aesthetically pleasing” option for both sides of the wall.
“Our focus is on creating safe, aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective concrete walls,” said Russ Baumgartner, president and CEO of Concrete Contractors Interstate . “This will be a very challenging project but we believe that iCON is an ideal option for DHS to consider for construction of the border wall with its unique design capabilities and flexible construction process. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the RFI process for what we consider to be a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity.”
The 58-year-old company envisions its involvement as a value-added subcontractor in support of the general contractor(s) ultimately selected by Homeland Security. Since the company’s expertise is in creating unique, visually-attractive concrete walls, it believes that it is best suited as a partner in the aesthetics of the border wall. The iCON walls are built using a horizontal cast method, meaning it can be created on site. It is important since many of the locations for the border wall are positioned in remote areas with rough terrain, company officials say.
The company’s response to the bid points to the “inherently controversial nature of the border wall,” and that iCON’s unique aesthetic-focused production provides the ability to “integrate diversity into the border wall…utilizing artistic representations of various cultures and communities who will be in its line-of-sight.” Additionally, the company stated in its request for information response that iCON allows for unlimited design creativity at a fraction of the cost required by traditional concrete techniques to achieve a similar look and feel.
Concrete Contractors has completed multiple regional projects at the San Diego Zoo, Port of San Diego, Safari Park and an iCON wall for Sudberry Properties.