Deployed Resources LLC of Rome has been awarded a contract valued at $36.9 million by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to build soft-sided temporary facilities in El Paso and Donna, Texas, the federal agency announced Friday.
The contract, for a four-month base period with four one-month options, is for providing CBP with additional capacity to accommodate family units and unaccompanied alien children arriving at the southwest border.
Federal documents earlier this month had said that for the contract award, the government had intended to solicit and negotiate with Deployed Resources as the only source based on CBP’s prior work with the company and the rapid completion needed.
The facilities are expected to be operational as soon as May 1, the agency said. The structures will each accommodate up to 500 persons in CBP custody awaiting transfer to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or to the Department of Health and Human Services. They are to provide areas for eating, sleeping, recreation and personal hygiene.
The contract provides for shower trailers, chemical toilets and sinks, laundry trailers, sleeping mats, kitchen equipment, personal property storage boxes, office space, interior and perimeter closed circuit television, lockers, security, power and HVAC services.
“The humanitarian and border security crisis on our southwest border has stretched our resources and processing facilities to the breaking point,” said CBP acting Commissioner John P. Sanders. “These temporary facilities will support our efforts to process, care for and transfer the unprecedented number of families and unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally each day.”
A Deployed Resources official said last week the company had the contract opportunity based on its proven experience for deployment capabilities, and had no further comment. Based at Griffiss park, the company specializes in temporary life support services, facilities and equipment for military, civilian and entertainment users.