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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Arvada, CO

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Arvada, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
 Mobile Storage Containers Arvada, CO
When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Arvada, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Arvada, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Arvada, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Latest News in Arvada, CO

Olde Town Station retail development bringing more dining options to Arvada

Trammell Crow, the owner and developer of the Olde Town Station development — a multi-use development that includes residential housing, a hotel and retail space — has unveiled the four of the five retail tenants that will occupy the space.Perry’s Pizza, Smashburger, Snooze and Cava will have locations at the development, located at 56th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard and set to open in Q1 of 2023. Bill Mosher, Trammell Crow’s Denver Senior Managing Director, said that the company has signed a Letter of Intent ...

Trammell Crow, the owner and developer of the Olde Town Station development — a multi-use development that includes residential housing, a hotel and retail space — has unveiled the four of the five retail tenants that will occupy the space.

Perry’s Pizza, Smashburger, Snooze and Cava will have locations at the development, located at 56th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard and set to open in Q1 of 2023. Bill Mosher, Trammell Crow’s Denver Senior Managing Director, said that the company has signed a Letter of Intent with another food service company for the development’s 5th and final retail space.

Mosher said he was surprised that all of the retail spaces are going to be food service and added that he felt it will benefit residents and hotel guests alike.

“Somewhat surprisingly to us, putting this together during COVID, we ended up with all food service, which we didn’t plan on. It’ll be great for the residents across the street and hotel guests,” Mosher said.

Mosher also gave an update on construction, which began weeks ago.

“We started construction two-to-three weeks ago, pouring foundation. We’ll be done this year. We’re hopeful to be done by an October/November timeframe. Tenant improvements will vary by tenant. We’re looking at a first quarter next year opening,” Mosher said.

Maureen Phair, executive director of the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority, said that she felt the added dining options will be a good fit with existing Olde Town businesses.

“I think it’s a perfect complement to what’s happening in Olde Town. It’s offering a new variety, new choices. It’s an opportunity to link the project with Olde Town, provide a destination, a reason for people to go back and forth. It further extends Olde Town,” Phair said.

Phair added that the popularity of chains like Snooze and Cava in Denver has the potential to bring more people to Arvada.

“I think it will bring new people to the area because they’re so popular. It’s a great opportunity for people to enjoy these restaurants via the G-Line. It provides really easy access to the restaurants,” Phair said.

Mosher said that the retail portion of the development – which will have 86 designated parking spots — shows the potential for commerce that the historic district has.

“I think it’s a total confirmation of how dynamic Olde Town and the Wadsworth corridor is. We’re investing a lot of money — we were drawn there by Wadsworth as a state highway and Olde Town Arvada as a really cool historic district… everybody wants to be where everyone is. It pushes the notion that Arvada’s a destination,” Mosher said.

Electric Cherry hosts Record Store Day celebration in Olde Town Arvada

Hours: Closed on Mondays, Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.After missing out on the occasion during its first two years of business, Electric Cherry, a record store in Olde Town Arvada, was finally able to celebrate Record Store Day this year.On April 23, the shop hosted its first ever Record Store Day celebration, featuring RSD exclusives from Olivia Rodrigo, Green Day and others along with free pizza and a general sale.Record Store Day is an annu...

Hours: Closed on Mondays, Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After missing out on the occasion during its first two years of business, Electric Cherry, a record store in Olde Town Arvada, was finally able to celebrate Record Store Day this year.

On April 23, the shop hosted its first ever Record Store Day celebration, featuring RSD exclusives from Olivia Rodrigo, Green Day and others along with free pizza and a general sale.

Record Store Day is an annual event that began in 2007 to celebrate the culture of independent record stores. Artists who participate typically release special RSD editions of vinyl’s — this year’s slate includes special issues from David Bowie and Mariah Carey.

Electric Cherry Owner and Founder Ally Skiba said that her shop would be featuring 150 new RSD exclusives, and 200 used original press records donated by locals who patronize her shop. All goods in the shop were 10% off to celebrate the occasion, and Skiba provided pizza to the first customers who visited during record store day.

Skiba said that although Electric Cherry features other goods — the shop features wares made by local artists and artisans curated by Skiba — records are the core of the shop.

“Vinyl is the heartbeat of the shop. Although I have been an artist since I was a kid and I appreciate art — environmental goods and supporting other women – music is truly the ground floor of what’s going on here,” Skiba said.

She added that Record Store Day allows a unique opportunity for independent record stores to stand out and for vinyl enthusiasts to check out unique pressings and releases.

“There’s a huge reason to support indie record stores overall. Every day, we’re battling Amazon, big box shops. We can get a lot more (records) that aren’t mass produced. Record Store Day is a holiday for music lovers. It’s a day for everyone to get together, enjoy music, shop small. There’s always exclusive releases and that’s the point of the holiday,” Skiba said.

Skiba herself is originally from the East Coast and moved to Colorado about six years ago. She opened Electric Cherry in February 2020 — right before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said that while she had to make sacrifices in the early days, she’s noticed an uptick in vinyl interest throughout the pandemic.

“I was a vinyl delivery girl for the two months we were mandated to close. I drove around delivering records — never thought I’d have to do that,” Skiba said.

“Due to COVID, vinyl is making a huge resurgence. Which is interesting — starting a business that during a pandemic but also starting a business that I think, ironically, people were interested in a lot,” Skiba continued.

Skiba’s love affair with vinyl can be traced back to her grandfather, who manually pressed records for over 30 years, and her own background as an artist and proximity to the music scene. She said she had a goal to open a record store but called it a “far away dream” until Electric Cherry came to fruition.

“My grandfather and my grandmother, every moment spent with them revolved around learning or expressing myself or appreciating music,” Skiba said. “I had a lot of friends who were in bands — I would do a lot of band photography. I was always immersed in something… art has also done that as well, but music might have come first.”

Skiba said that although she didn’t have any business experience before opening the shop, she relied on expertise shared with her by other women in the industry to make Electric Cherry successful.

“I do feel like paying my dues helped me become an entrepreneur. I didn’t have a business degree — I have a fine arts degree. It really took learning from other women that helped me open this place and teach me about business,” Skiba said.

Her efforts are paying off thus far. Electric Cherry has carved out a niche in Olde Town as the district’s home for all things arts and music and recently celebrated its two-year anniversary. The shop hosts live music throughout the summer, details of which can be found on their Facebook page.

Skiba herself was recently named a Badass Woman of Arvada by the city’s Chamber of Commerce.


Local football players sign free-agent deals with NFL teams

A number of college and high school football players from Colorado signed with NFL teams after the 2022 Draft ended.COLORADO, USA — Not everybody hears their named called by the time the NFL Draft is over.But that shouldn't stop hopeful players from following their dreams of trying to make it to the National Football League.A handful of local undrafted prospects with Colorado ties, both college and high school, are purs...

A number of college and high school football players from Colorado signed with NFL teams after the 2022 Draft ended.

COLORADO, USA — Not everybody hears their named called by the time the NFL Draft is over.

But that shouldn't stop hopeful players from following their dreams of trying to make it to the National Football League.

A handful of local undrafted prospects with Colorado ties, both college and high school, are pursuing their goal with free-agent signings with teams from around the league.

Here is a list of free-agent signings with ties to Colorado:

Colorado State punter Ryan Stonehouse had an impressive career in Fort Collins with the Rams.

Stonehouse averaged more than 50 yards per punt in 2021 over his senior season, and holds the NCAA record for five-year career average with 47.8 yards per punt.

Stonehouse signed a free-agent deal with the Tennessee Titans shortly after the conclusion of the Draft on Saturday.

Colorado State Rams punter Ryan Stonehouse (41) in the second half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 in Fort Collins, Colo. Air Force won 38-21. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado linebacker Nate Landman will be remembered for delivering hard hits in a Buffs uniform.

He played in 47 games for CU during his career, starting 36 of them. Landman racked up 409 tackles (285 unassisted), 41 of them for loss during his time in Boulder.

Landman battled a shoulder injury in 2021 and an Achilles injury the year prior in 2020. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent on Saturday.

Colorado linebacker Nate Landman (53) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. Southern California won 37-14. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Running back Max Borghi was a preps star at Pomona High School in Arvada before moving on to play his college football at Washington State.

Borghi led the Pomona Panthers to three-straight Class 5A state championship games from 2015-17, finally winning the 5A state title his senior season. He scored three touchdowns in the Panthers' high scoring (56-49) win over Eaglecrest in that 2017 championship game.

Borghi went on to be a dual threat for the Cougars -- finishing with 2,158 rushing yards, 1,134 receiving yards and 41 total touchdowns over his career at Washington State.

Borghi signed a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

Washington State running back Max Borghi (21) reacts and holds up two fingers after he scored a touchdown against Washington during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

JoJo Domann was an all-around threat during his time at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs.

He helped lead the Eagles to two Class 4A state championship titles, playing both sides of the ball as well as special teams.

Domann went on to play his college career at the University of Nebraska, where he honed in as an outside linebacker. He recorded 72 tackles his senior season with the Huskers, nine of them for loss -- as well as two sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Domann signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

Defensive lineman Scott Patchan joined Colorado State as a graduate transfer in 2020, playing two seasons for the Rams.

Patchan was named First-Team All-Mountain West both of his years in Fort Collins. He recorded 68 total tackles during his final season in 2021, 18.5 of them for loss in addition to 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Patchan signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent on Saturday.

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Colorado COVID Cases Rise, Theater Run Canceled as More Masks Go Away

As the number of COVID cases in Colorado go up, masks are coming down.This week, Denver International Airport and RTD announced that they would no longer require masking after a judge in Florida nixed the federal face-covering mandat...

As the number of COVID cases in Colorado go up, masks are coming down.

This week, Denver International Airport and RTD announced that they would no longer require masking after a judge in Florida nixed the federal face-covering mandate — a ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to appeal. But on April 20, new COVID-19 cases in Colorado hit a six-week high, and the Arvada Center prematurely ended its run of the popular musical Kinky Boots, largely because of infections among cast members.

Meanwhile, Governor Jared Polis has written an open letter to President Joe Biden encouraging him to expedite the approval of vaccines for children five and under — a timely request, given that over half of the new outbreaks of COVID-19 reported on April 20 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment occurred at child-care centers or K-12 schools.

The airport wasted little time ditching its mask provision, issuing a traveler's alert at 7:46 p.m. on April 18, the day the judgment came down. "As a result of the recent Federal court ruling, the federal mask mandate is no longer in effect at DEN," it announced. "Please check with your airline regarding their mask policy." RTD waited until 1:59 p.m. the next day, April 19, to follow suit, announcing that "effective immediately, masks are no longer required on Regional Transportation District (RTD) vehicles or properties."

At the same time, case counts have been steadily edging up in Colorado. Here are the current COVID numbers in major categories, as updated by the CDPHE after 4 p.m. April 20, along with information from our previous COVID data roundup, which drew from April 13 statistics:

1,371,521 cases (up 9,921 from April 13) 64 counties (unchanged from April 13) 61,814 hospitalized (up 139 from April 13) 12,030 deaths among cases (down 1 from April 13) 13,151 deaths due to COVID-19 (up 61 from April 13) 8,585 outbreaks (up 21 from April 13)

Four takeaways:

• Cases increased from 9,354 for the week ending April 13 to 9,921 for the seven-day span ending April 20. The number of new cases on April 20 itself hit 714, the highest since 745 on March 2. The positivity rate that day climbed to 6.68 percent, above the 5 percent threshold that state health officials use to gauge whether enough testing is being done. Eighty testing sites are slated to close by month's end amid declining demand.

• New hospitalizations bumped up, too, but only slightly, going from 117 on April 13 to 139 on April 20. There were just nine new hospital admissions statewide yesterday.

• Deaths among COVID-19 cases remained relatively stable. The revised count for deaths among cases actually dropped by one fatality, while deaths as a result of COVID-19 slid by two, from 63 on April 13 to 61 on April 20.

• The subvariant popularly known as both Omicron 2 and stealth Omicron increased its dominance in the state. The samples sequenced by the CDPHE during the week of April 3, the most recent for which stats are available, show that Omicron 2 accounted for 84.40 percent of all cases, with Omicron 1 associated with the remaining 15.60 percent; no other variants were detected.

A blend of Omicron and the earlier Delta strain, Omicron 2 generally produces more serious symptoms than its direct predecessor but tends not to be as deadly as Delta. Still, the variant remains extremely transmissible, as evidenced by the following announcement from the Arvada Center on April 20: "In the interest of health and safety, we're sorry to announce that we have cancelled the remainder of our performances of Kinky Boots due to a number of positive COVID-19 cases and other injuries in the cast. This impacts performances through Sunday, April 24. Other performances in the Black Box theatre are not impacted."

Infections among the very young were on Polis's mind when he wrote to Biden about vaccinations for those under five on April 19. "Without access to vaccines for families with children under 5, many communities and kids remain vulnerable, leaving families and education settings vulnerable to disease transmission," the governor said. "Ensuring the vaccine is accessible for families with children under 5 will help keep our kids in the classroom, give parents more peace of mind, and help put the pandemic behind us. Colorado parents are making long-awaited plans to see grandparents and loved ones but are faced with the third summer for their children to remain unprotected — many parents of young children feel left behind, and are rightfully displeased that the FDA’s lack of action and urgency has left them unable to protect their children and loved ones like everyone else."

Polis's point is underscored by the latest outbreaks data. Over the past month or so, the new or tweaked entries on the CDPHE's roster were inflated by outbreaks dating back to the start of the year, during the height of the original Omicron surge. But on April 20, only one of the twenty new entries is actually old. The rest are from April, and they're dominated by places that serve children: eight child-care centers and three K-12 schools. Another eight outbreaks have been cited at health-care facilities, all of them specializing in serving seniors. The only outbreak that doesn't fit into these categories: spread tied to the administrative offices at the University of Denver.

Here are the twenty new or tweaked active outbreaks identified by the CDPHE on April 20, along with the date when the outbreak was cited and the people impacted:

1. Berkley Manor Care Center (020419): April 2022, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Denver County, 4/18/2022, 2 resident cases, 2 staff cases 2. Bethesda Gardens Loveland (23F492): April 2022, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Larimer County, 4/19/2022, 17 resident cases, 1 staff case 3. Chipeta Elementary School: April 2022, School, K-12, El Paso County, 4/14/2022, 5 attendee cases 4. Har Shalom Preschool and Kindergarten, Child Care Center, Larimer County, 4/12/2022, 7 attendee cases 5. Here We Grow, Early Childhood Learning, Child Care Center, Boulder County, 4/18/2022, 5 staff cases, 2 attendee cases 6. Life Care Center of Stonegate (02C450): April 2022, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Douglas County, 4/8/2022, 2 staff cases 7. Little Red School House — Breckenridge: January 2022, Child Care Center, Summit County, 1/26/2022, 8 attendee cases 8. Little Red School House — Snowmass Village, Child Care Center, Pitkin County, 4/19/2022, 3 staff cases, 4 attendee cases 9. Meadow Vista Assisted Living LLC (2304A3), Healthcare, Assisted Living, Denver County, 4/15/2022, 6 resident cases, 1 staff case 10. Midtown Montessori Academy — Sloan's Lake: April 2022, School, K-12, Jefferson County, 4/15/2022, 5 staff cases, 3 attendee cases 11. Montessori Academy of Northern Colorado, Child Care Center, Weld County, 4/14/2022, 2 staff cases, 3 attendee cases 12. Our Father Lutheran Church Preschool: April 2022, Child Care Center, Arapahoe County, 4/19/2022, 3 staff cases, 6 attendee cases 13. Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of the Rockies (020325): April 2022, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Larimer County, 4/8/2022, 7 resident cases, 6 staff cases 14. Stonecreek of Littleton (23N524): April 2022, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Arapahoe County, 4/18/2022, 3 resident cases, 1 staff case 15. Tavelli Elementary School, School, K-12, Larimer County, 4/18/2022, 1 staff case, 4 attendee cases 16. The Goddard School of Louisville: April 2022, Child Care Center, Boulder County, 4/18/2022, 3 staff cases, 5 attendee cases 17. The Green House Homes at Mirasol (02F496): April 2022, Healthcare, Skilled Nursing, Larimer County, 4/12/2022, 4 resident cases, 2 staff cases 18. University of Denver — Administrative Office, College/University, Denver County, 4/15/2022, 7 staff cases 19. Village at Belmar (23Z408): April 2022, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Jefferson County, 4/14/2022, 6 resident cases, 1 staff case 20. Woody Creek Kids, Child Care Center, Pitkin County, 4/13/2022, 1 staff case, 5 attendee cases

Click to read Governor Jared Polis's letter to President Joe Biden about COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages five and under.

Moog opens spacecraft-integration facility

COLORADO SPRINGS — Moog Inc. is quadrupling the size of its Colorado space vehicle production capacity as the New York-based company long known as a spacecraft component supplier expands its role as a space vehicle integrator.“It’s a proud moment for our company,” Maureen Athoe, Moog Space and Defense Group president, told SpaceNews. “This step takes us to the mission level. We’re going to hear from our customers about what they need not just with components, but with the actual mission.&rd...

COLORADO SPRINGS — Moog Inc. is quadrupling the size of its Colorado space vehicle production capacity as the New York-based company long known as a spacecraft component supplier expands its role as a space vehicle integrator.

“It’s a proud moment for our company,” Maureen Athoe, Moog Space and Defense Group president, told SpaceNews. “This step takes us to the mission level. We’re going to hear from our customers about what they need not just with components, but with the actual mission.”

This year, Moog is scheduled to integrate nine space vehicles in its new 8,800-square-meter facility in Arvada, Colorado, and its existing 3,000-square-meter plant nearby.

“If customers would like to buy components, we’re happy to sell them,” Hallie Freeman, Moog Integrated Space Vehicles business unit director and site manager, said at the Space Symposium. “If they want to buy integrated subsystems, we’re happy to provide that. This gives us one more option for our customers who bring the payload and are looking for someone to be the integrated bus provider.”

Moog held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening April 4 for the new Arvada facility. Now, the company is moving employees and components into the plant in preparation to begin production this summer.

After decades of producing components and subsystems, Moog began selling entire small and medium spacecraft buses in 2018. Moog also offers a propulsive version of the company’s popular ESPA secondary payload ring and a Small Launch Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle.

Moog won its first contract to supply its Small Launch Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle to a government customer that plans to launch it from the United Kingdom’s Sutherland, Scotland, launch site.

Space industry expansion provided the opening for Moog to become an integrator.

“There are so many more missions, so many more satellites,” Athoe said. “Because we have all of the component expertise that makes it much easier for us to go ahead and do the integrated vehicle.”

Moog, a firm well known for providing spacecraft avionics, flight software and propulsion systems, relies on its supply chain for guidance, navigation and control sensors and the other components the firm does not produce internally.

“Our avionics solutions are proven in geostationary and low Earth orbit,” Athoe said. “Our niche is providing dozens of high reliability space vehicles that can meet the government’s need for responsive missions that have to work.”


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