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UTB/TSC to Begin Fence Pre-Construction Meetings

BROWNSVILLE, TX – AUG. 6, 2008 – The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College has begun pre-construction fence meetings.

As part of the agreement with U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection (DHS/CBP) filed in federal court on Tuesday, Aug. 5, UTB/TSC defined the schedule with the deadline of 10 days to design the “friendly fence.

“We were the side that proposed those deadlines based upon the university’s confidence from its record of construction success, said Michael Putegnat, UTB/TSC's project manager for negotiations on the border fence issue. “We expect to finish the project on or ahead of schedule.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) are expected to be ready by Friday, Aug. 15.

In the formalized agreement, UTB/TSC would enhance campus security in two ways. 

University-owned fencing adjacent to the levee would be 10 feet tall and upgraded with high-tech devices.  The current fence is 8 feet tall.

The enhancements to UTB/TSC’s perimeter security, at the university’s expense, would complement methods already in use on the campus.

The agreement would allow UTB/TSC more room for capital construction and expansion on the land, and federal agencies would support the university’s long-term effort to move and enhance a flood control levee to the edge of the Rio Grande.

UTB/TSC and DHS/CBP would collaborate in the establishment of a center to study border issues including security. It would examine, among other elements, the use of technology for securing the border. The southern perimeter of the UTB/TSC campus will be part of a laboratory for testing new technology and infrastructure combinations.


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