What Trump's Border Wall May Look Like: Here Are The Proposed Designs

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While Trump's push to build a wall along the Mexican border has quietly moved to the backburner in recent weeks, especially with the expiration of the Continuing Resolution looming on April 28, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has continued to receive proposals from numerous companies for what Trump's wall could look like. As we discussed previously, CBP has called for two designs, one made of concrete and one of alternative material, for a wall to be built across the nearly 2,000-mile border.

Among the requirements: the wall should stand at least 18 feet high, be able to withstand significant physical force, prevent climbing and tunneling, be aesthetically appealing (on the U.S. side at least), allow for surface drainage and so forth.

In the current phase of the contracting process, companies are required to submit their qualifications and concepts for the wall, but not detailed renderings. However, as the WSJ observes, some companies have them and have provided them to The Wall Street Journal, although the proposals shown below do not have to include cost estimates.

For the next round, the government will select at many as 20 finalists, who will then be asked to provide more detailed plans. Potential bidders had until Tuesday to submit preliminary plans.

Here are some of the proposed wall designs as seen by the WSJ:

“As Pretty as the Parthenon”


WHO Crisis Resolution Security Services of Clarence, Ill., a global security management firm

DESIGN CRSS says the wall is meant to evoke famous walls in history, using crenellations, parapets and buttresses, and would be “as pretty as the Parthenon.” The wall would be built on a 30-foot-high dirt berm, graded to prevent vehicles from approaching. It also would follow existing interior roads and highways, which the company says would make it easier to transport materials and to maintain, while avoiding private-property issues. It would also create a wide zone in some places between the wall and the border. Bridges and gates would allow the inhabitants of that zone to cross.

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Doubling as Nuclear Waste Facility


WHO Clayton Industries of Pittsburgh

DESIGN Owner Christian Clayton has proposed devising a wall that would carry electricity generated from municipal, medical and nuclear waste. “The wall is just a building block,” Mr. Clayton said. “Think of the wall as big conduit." Mr. Clayton declined to detail many specifics of his plan, which would involve plants to convert the waste into power. Spent nuclear fuel rods and other waste would be buried 100 feet deep in a buffer zone between the border and the wall.

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At an Angle


WHO Chanlin Inc., of Middle River, Minn., a steel-fabrication construction company

DESIGN Chanlin’s design for a concrete wall consists of using 10-foot-wide by 30-foot-high panels with embedded steel plates welded in a vertical position. To prevent climbing or scaling with a hook, the design would be tilted 30 degrees toward Mexico and include a smooth concrete finish with a steel cap plate. Steel bars would allow border patrol to be able to see through the fence.

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Design Beyond Reach


WHO J.M. Design Studio of Pittsburgh, an all-women team of designers and artists

DESIGN In a submission meant to protest the project, J.M. Design Studio's proposals are designed to “invite other realms of thought and consideration." One sketch shows nearly three million hammocks, for anyone’s use, strung across the border with 30-foot trees for support. Another one has a semicontinuous wall of nearly 10 million 30-foot-tall pipe organs, with openings every 20 feet allowing for people to pass through. Jennifer Meridian, a Pittsburgh artist involved in the submissions, called the actual border wall project "preposterous for so many reasons."

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Memorial Wall


WHO Reilly Construction and Croell Inc., both of Iowa

DESIGN This joint venture would use tilt-slab construction consisting of concrete with reinforced fibers that the company says would make the wall more durable and resistant to damage. The panels would be 30 feet high and 15 feet wide with a footing underground to prevent tunneling. The concrete material could be engraved, colored or etched to make it more aesthetically appealing or should there be an interest in establishing a memorial in some places.

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Hadrian’s Wall


WHO Hadrian Construction Co. of Carlsbad, Calif.

DESIGN Company owner Rod Hadrian says his prefabricated product would make the wall cheaper and easier to install in remote border areas. The tridipanel wall system could be made to any thickness or color, and the diagonal pattern is meant to give the wall extra strength.

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One-Way Visibility


WHO Penna Group of Fort Worth, Texas

DESIGN Penna Group’s proposal is for a double wire mesh fence that has a sheet of plexiglass lined with a one-way mirror allowing border patrol agents to see the Mexico side, but not the reverse. The fence would be 30 feet tall with a 6-foot footing, and both would be designed to sustain tampering by pickaxes, hammers, hand-tools, and torches for over an hour and a half. The double-lined, double-wire mesh design is often used in maximum-security prisons.

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WHO San Diego Project Management, PSC, a full-service design-build organization

DESIGN This firm submitted a design for a wall similar to the ones used to protect medieval castles in Europe, according to the company. Most notably, the proposal includes a walkway on top called a “chemin de ronde” that allows for border agents to see Mexico through optical ports.

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WHO Single Eagle Inc. of Poway, Calif., a structural and decorative concrete specialist

DESIGN This proposal has a design option that could incorporate artistic representations of local cultures. The walls are built using a tilt-up method that is cast onsite and then put into position, making it easier to built the wall in remote areas.

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WHO DarkPulse Technologies, based in Arizona and New York

DESIGN Ballistic concrete is used, which the company says could withstand more than 12 hours of tampering. Using sensors, the wall and below-ground structure would notify border agents of the exact location of any tampering in real time. The wall would also include coating designed to prevent climbing and the use of grappling hooks.

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Technology First


WHO vScenario, a San Diego construction-technology company

DESIGN vScenario’s design would begin by using drones to develop a 3-D spatial model of the terrain. The proposed wall would feature cameras, volumetric microwave sensors and fiberoptics designed to detect intrusions.

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Fitting In


WHO WTC Construction

DESIGN This design aims to mimic a “rammed-Earth” construction style, which uses natural raw materials. The goal is a wall designed to look like an “extension of the surrounding landscape,” says the company. The system would include panels attached to reinforced concrete piers nested together to form a solid structure.

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Mesh Fencing


WHO Riverdale Mills of Northbridge, Mass.

DESIGN A galvanized welded wire mesh called WireWall, which the company says is virtually impossible to climb or cut. The company’s fencing is in use along the U.S.-Mexico border in California, as seen above. The fencing could be up to 20 feet tall and could be installed to reach 6 feet below ground.

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A Twist on Steel


WHO Helix Steel, a unit of Pensmore Reinforcement Technologies, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Leesburg, Va.

DESIGN Helix would mix concrete with its Twisted Steel Micro Rebar, a reinforcement designed to prevent cracking. The material is now used at some residential and commercial sites.

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Stackers's picture


hedgeless_horseman's picture


A French firm went old school with their proposal...



The California and Texas coastlines are quite long. Thank God that Mexicans cannot operate boats, or else this whole plan might just be a huge waste of money.

chumbawamba's picture

Fuck this marmalade faggot's wall. What happened with Obamacare and Russia?

I am Chumbawamba.

Are We Cross's picture

marmalade faggot. oh shit that's funny.

Manthong's picture

I still think that making it a concrete/radioactive waste mix we could solve at least two problems at once.

We would probably only need a 10 foot tall wall and could get away with a 4 bag mix if enough waste was used.

If we could assure something like 40 or 50 million mSv average emmissivity, we would end the wall jumping for the next 10,000 years or so.

If we could only get a hold of those molten rods at the bottom of Fukushima…



wildbad's picture

almost every design could easily be defeated with a grappling hook and a rope.

the only one which would prove more difficult is the nuke waste one where there are significant obstacles AFTER the wall.

only a couple addressed tunneling at all.

and no electric fence? what's that about?


JackT's picture

Govt will probably hire the half-asser with the 3 year old kid's pencil "drawing". Seriously, get your heard in the game. SMFH

NoDebt's picture

Where's the mine field?  For that matter, how is this thing supposed to be electrified?  Has anyone thought through all the stuff that's missing in these designs because I see a bunch of stuff that must have been overlooked.


curbjob's picture

What, no mirrored north facing facade ?

It could be named the "Reflections Wall" and kill three birds with one drone;

1: keep evil do'ers out

2: provide Americans a view of what they've become 

3: double Trumps base (optical illusion)

BuddyEffed's picture

I propose a virtual hypnosis wall. Scott Adams can build it!

MillionDollarButter's picture

How about a very very sincere "Tresspassers will be shot" sign?

BigJim's picture

Two walls, with Maze Runner "Grievers" roaming in between them.

BaBaBouy's picture

Every 2000 feet there will be a Free Coffee-Donuts Shop on the US Side...Hey Why Not, Mexicana Is Paying...

MalteseFalcon's picture

I will submit my designs here and now.

  1. An exact replica of Israel's wall.  Let's use the same Israeli firm.
  2. An exact replica of the Berlin wall.  If we are lucky we can employ the remaining Stasi that we have not yet hired for our police state.
  3. Take all of the nuclear contaminants currently stored around the country and create a 1/4 mile swathe along the border.  We can dust off the plans we had for the DMZ in Viet Nam.  Post signs that say "Crossing this field could cause burning sensation, miscarriage, skin damage, cancer or even immediate death".  Don't print them in Spanish

If options 1. or 2. are chosen, don't forget the guard towers with snipers.

paizan's picture
paizan (not verified) MalteseFalcon Apr 6, 2017 1:37 PM

Apartheid means Separation, Segregation.

Israel's Apartheid wall is to separate racist Jews and the oppressed Palestinians.

Walls always come down.


ClickNLook's picture

Each sniper to be equipped with a dull and rusty machete?

FireBrander's picture

On the US side: A Red White and Blue paintjob

On the Mexican side:  "Welcome to Guatemalla" in 20' high font painted every 1000'. Imagine seeing that after your 1000 mile trek from Guatemalla:)

NoDecaf's picture

why does it have to be  wall, why not a moat?

sharks...laser beams.

Ghordius's picture

how about a moat... the size of the Med Sea?

Raffie's picture

Where is the .50cal gun that tracks and shoots the sec they touch the Mexcio side of the wall with AP rounds?


EmmittFitzhume's picture

How about just motion sensing gun turrets?? 

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Chip-guided impalas with kettle bombs strapped to their backs.

Carniverous praerie dogs.

Flying tarantulas

the list is endless.

FireBrander's picture

Put up a sign that says:

1. You will be deported the same day we catch you.

2. There are no jobs for "undocumented" workers.

3. No health care.

4. No Welfare.

5. No citizenship for children born in the USA from an ILLEGAL border crossing.

With that sign, and the will to back it, a 6' chain link fence should be enough.

PlayMoney's picture

Motion detectors to turn sprinklers on people as they start the climb. Half way up the fence is electrified. After about a dozen get jacked up word spreads and problem solved.

MEFOBILLS's picture

the only one which would prove more difficult is the nuke waste one where there are significant obstacles AFTER the wall.

I  didn't see the Israeli double fence design listed.  It is similar to the nuke wall. Why not?  Israeli wall has already proven itself as effective and cheap to make.  If the Jews do it, it must be good for the goyim, right?  ha.

It is two rows of fencing, with a landing area in between.  This landing area is critical, where any intruders will be detected.  The fencing is see through, so that any activity can be "seen" and then intercepted.  

This ability to see through is a critical feature.  Wall designs, which are not see- thru, are more expensive and less capable.  

This fence works with humans and sensor fusion.  Wall designs are from past history, when humans didn't have drones and automated sensors.  Things are different now.

 Israelis have already proven this design effective - it has practically stopped african migrants in their tracks.  It works.

 See thru also means that fence does not become an eyesore on the environment.

 Welding robots could be set up to weld rebar at high speed, bringing cost way down. 

See link:


hibou-Owl's picture

Multiple rolls of razor wire on insulators hooked up to 22kV.
Reclose breaker 2 seconds.
Cheap, vechicle proof, hook proof, quick to install.

Feedback control pinpoint any breaches, and to clear the bodies.

OpTwoMistic's picture

Where are the sniper towers?  When the peso goes silver, need to keep Americans out.

Teja's picture

Absolutely need sniper towers. Double fence, too, with a sand area to detect footprints in between. Tank stoppers made of steel bars. Self-shooting guns and mines. In more populated areas, concrete wall covered by an round anti-hook roof. Dogs running on leash rails.

Actually, there is a good demonstration model available if you search for "gedenkstätte berliner mauer Berlin" on Google Maps. More details on their website


They surely will be happy to support the U.S. with their technical expertise, although the companies involved in the construction now are out of business.

The project was very successful, the first version ready in the shortest of time, and the wall operational for almost 30 years, and less deaths than one year of mediterranean drownings resulted in. The only issue they had was that the construction team built it oriented in the wrong direction, eg the tank stoppers not pointing to the aggressive fascists in the west, but towards peaceful socialist citizens misusing lorries to visit their neighbours. Reason for this is that there must have been a left/right weakness in some of the building team leaders. But overall it worked well.


"I don't know, apathetic bloody planet, I've no sympathy at all."
Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, commander of the Vogon fleet, after destroying planet #3 of a certain solar system. 

MaxThrust's picture

and with the additional benefit that anyone climbing your radioactive wall would have residual radioactivity still on their person which makes identification all the more easy.

dasein211's picture

There will be no fucking wall. He's about making my money for himself in case anyone hasn't caught on. So are the Repugs and Demoncrats. The people are meant to manipulate and the more we fight each other the more they squeeze out. It's pretty simple really. It wasn't "divide and conquer" for nothin.

Darktarra's picture

I say a large moat filled with aligators should keep those pesky roaches on their side of the border! 

curbjob's picture

Alligators in the desert huh ?

FYI; turkeys don't fly.

cheech_wizard's picture

And why the fuck not?

Standard Disclaimer: If they can do fish farms in the desert, why not alligator farms?


TwelveOhOne's picture

"As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

Doctor Faustus's picture

Komodo dragons. Don't need water. And their bite is poisonous too. Win-win!

Ajax_USB_Port_Repair_Service_'s picture

But, who's going to feed all those aligators? Oh wait. I get it!

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Whatever the design it must come with an ecological impact assessment, how are going to be able to continue - without obstruction and stress, their life the creatures inhabiting the affected area?!


Déjà view's picture

Chinese workers built western portion of first Transcontinental Railroad...have them build Great Wall Of America...under NVA supervision...

TrajanOptimus's picture

We diont want mexican rats either.

Ghordius's picture

+1, HH. funnily, how most of the Maginot Line really looked like was a "state secret" until not that long ago

I was quite baffled, the first time I visited the sites there, to find out that the picture you show was... just "an artist's representation of how it might look like", actually. as a teenager, you tend to be quite angry at such things, and so I was

as a classicist, I of course favour the "Hadrian Wall" design. did you know that a lot of the troops stationed there were mostly from Egypt and Syria? the latter were often recruited among the "Archer Auxilia" because of their skills with the bow, which they transmitted to later generations, including the famous English Longbowmen and of course Robin Hood

lol -> "The California and Texas coastlines are quite long. Thank God that Mexicans cannot operate boats, or else this whole plan might just be a huge waste of money."

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Want to guess which group increased their fortunes by financing and building the Maginot Line?

In analyzing any world development, we have to keep in mind that HR’s [House of Rothschild's] FED looks at the world as a game board and studies the moves it plans to make long in advance. For instance, when the Maginot Line was built on France’s German border prior to WWII, China, Japan and Germany were very much on HR’s mind. And to better understand what was going on, we need only ask why the French decided to build such an archaic and costly structure as the Maginot Line. It was at a time when air and tank warfare was already well established, so why didn’t the French build tanks and airplanes instead of a wall? If they had, the French superiority would have been insurmountable and Germany would have been stopped dead in its tracks, as any military strategist will confirm. Colonel Charles de Gaulle had written a book in 1934 in which he advocated mobile mechanized warfare involving tanks and aircrafts. One of his proposals was the construction of a light, high-performance D-2 tank instead of the heavier B-1s, which cost three times more. The Maginot Line, which cost around seven billion (1939) francs, could have been used to finance the construction of nine thousand D-2 tanks and the equivalent of one thousand Spitfire aircrafts. That, added to the fifteen hundred or so aircrafts and the thousands of tanks France already had, would have been overwhelming. Furthermore, the French were leaders in tank warfare; their WWI FT17, the first tank with a turret, was copied worldwide and in WWII, the B-1bis tank easily outperformed the German tanks.



When HR’s FED started promoting and financing the Maginot Line in 1930, in view of waging WWII, it was also financing the huge armament machine in Germany. It knew its plan would make it possible to get two birds with one stone. It knew that getting an isolationist U.S. to attack Japan, or even getting the U.S. to wage another war in Europe, would be next to impossible. But what if Japan attacked the U.S.?



If the Maginot Line were constructed, it would allow Germany to skirt around it, go through France, and conquer the allies with lightning speed. A very desperate Japan, facing a total embargo, would feel confident in having an “invincible” Germany as an ally and would be tempted to attack the U.S. If it did, not only would the U.S. have to go to war against the Japanese Empire, but it would likely get involved in the European conflict while it was at it. So as expected, in 1941, after seeing how easily Germany had defeated the allies and faced with the devastating embargo imposed on it by HR’s FED, Imperial Japan decided to act aggressively by attacking Pearl Harbor in December of that year. Not surprisingly, Japan was totally destroyed while the U.S. suffered one hundred and six thousand casualties. After the 1945 bombings, during which over five hundred thousand Japanese civilians died, Japan was occupied by U.S. forces and transformed into a market economy, but similar to post-war Germany, it was a country without a military. HR’s FED then opened the credit tap and turned the tiny archipelago into the second greatest economy on the planet.  German and Japanese cars flooded America in no time. The Japanese products were shoddy at first, but in just a few years, quality control got things right. HR’s FED transformed two broken down bankrupt countries into superpowers overnight, just like they did recently with China. Who are the real supermen?





Definition of Maginot Line


1:  a line of defensive fortifications built before World War II to protect the eastern border of France but easily outflanked by German invaders


2:  a defensive barrier or strategy that inspires a false sense of security



ParkAveFlasher's picture

In a few hundred years (maybe sooner), any one of these designs will be excellent for housewives to dry rugs on.


Tejano's picture

It's not just Mexicans strolling in to what was once the USA.There's Guatemalans, Hondurans, Nicaraugans, Salvadorans and who knows what else. If you thought beaners were bad, meet MS-13. Sure, there are boats in Mexico. I've seen them. Lots of  boats.

A fence alone will not control the border, but you cannot control the border without a fence. If you do not control that border then your country will soon look a whole lot like Coahuila with the added vibrancy of millions of Somalis, fake Syrians and sub-Sahrans. If squalor and violence and decay are the future you want for your children, keep making pithy comments about Maginot Lines and beaner boats bobbing along on the deep blue sea. If you want something better, get to work on that wall.

BigJim's picture

A wall is pointless when most of them fly in legally and just overstay their visas.

The only way to stop hordes of unproductive people immigrating is to shut off the welfare (free schools, healthcare, etc) that draws them.

These walls are are just massively overpriced speedbumps.

Tejano's picture

Like I said, a fence alone will not control the border but you can't control the border without a fence.

Remove the welfare incentives, jail employers who hire illegals, tighten up on the visas, enforce the law. All that is important and must be done. As long as the US is a brighter, healthier place than some third world shit-hole, they'll still come. So a fence is necessary.

Most of them fly in? Maybe, but ...this 'live from South Texas'... thousands just walk in. If just one walks in, that's one too many. And what's to prevent them from flying in to Juarez or Tijuana International Airport and just walking in visa or no visa?

As for the price tag, I wouldn't quibble. It will be just chump change, a rounding error, in the bloated federal budget. This is one government 'investment' where the benefits will outweigh the costs if done right.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

The foreign ones could always print-off a fake HB1 visa.  Show that to the cop.


The olden days were so much more effective.... your skin color was your uniform. 

Phil Sheo's picture

Living in and boating in the Miami area, I can assure you that boats are not ignored.  Nothing like a late trip back from the Keys to get you a helicopter escort with perhaps a complimentary boarding.  Even been boarded and searched within minutes in Clearwater when our Racors took on water and we stalled in an inlet channel.  Just food for thought...

PS - Neither boat was one frequented by smugglers of any kind - a 25' Bayliner? walk-around and a 42' Bertram aft-cabin MY.

Tejano, I just realized that your comments were in response to another.  However, this, at least, has been my experience with being a (Caucasian) boater in territorial waters.

44_shooter's picture

whats really good is Mexicans don't know how to operate ladders.  Because the last time I checked you could use a ladder to get over ANY wall. 


Every single design shown here can be easily breached.

cheech_wizard's picture

Does it enter into your thinking that the wall would indeed be manned?