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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Highlands Ranch, 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. Highlands Ranch, 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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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

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.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

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.

CUSTOM STORAGE

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.

LOCAL MOVE

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.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

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.

MOVING & STORAGE

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.

OFFICE USE

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.

BUSINESS USE

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

CUSTOM USE

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.
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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.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Highlands Ranch, CO, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

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.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Highlands Ranch, CO

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.

 Storage Containers For Rent Highlands Ranch, CO

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.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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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.
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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.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Highlands Ranch, CO

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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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

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 Highlands Ranch, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Highlands Ranch, CO

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 Highlands Ranch, 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.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

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.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Highlands Ranch, 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.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

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.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

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.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

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.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Highlands Ranch, CO?

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Latest News in Highlands Ranch, CO

STEM School Highlands Ranch Students Help Design Medical Equipment

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4)– Emergency responders in Summit County no longer have to use sheep tracheas for training thanks to innovative students at STEM School Highlands Ranch. They figured out how to print a 3D model that can be replicated and used for years to come.“One of the things that the students at STEM are incredible at innovating things. We had requested to one make a reusable resource and gave them some guidelines and they completely took it over and made it their own,” said Rebecca Du...

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4)– Emergency responders in Summit County no longer have to use sheep tracheas for training thanks to innovative students at STEM School Highlands Ranch. They figured out how to print a 3D model that can be replicated and used for years to come.

“One of the things that the students at STEM are incredible at innovating things. We had requested to one make a reusable resource and gave them some guidelines and they completely took it over and made it their own,” said Rebecca Duarte, Clinical Nurse Manager for Centura Health’s mountain emergent and urgent care facilities.

In the mountains of Summit County, the three Centura Health clinics work very closely with the ski patrol at the county’s four resorts. Every year, medical director Dr. Kendrick Adnan hosts a large training called “airway night” to make sure the responders are up to speed on important rescue techniques.

“When you have a really bad trauma patient that maybe has some facial trauma and you’re unable to get an airway through their mouth and so we do an airway through the throat, and so this is a place to practice,” Duarte continued, “Historically we have done sheep trachea and Dr. Adnan found that there was 3D printing online and he was like, ‘this is great, can we do this instead?’ and I said, ‘let me find out where we can get 3D printed stuff.’”

Duarte’s daughters both graduated from STEM, and she knew they had a 3D printing lab so she asked one of the school’s secondary engineering teachers, Mike Shallenberge.

“I would love for the students to do it, that would be amazing, please let me know if they can do it and he took it to his phenomenal students who made some adjustments and got it printed and made us three,” she said.

Brent Weiffenbach, a senior at STEM said took an existing design and spent time in and out of school perfecting it over a period of several weeks.

“We did fail a few times, so I had to keep adjusting the settings over the course of a few days but then once I got it down, we just started printing them out on our 3d printers,” he said.

It’s one of many real-world partnerships the school helps facilitate for its students to gain relevant experience.

“It’s definitely going to help me gain more opportunities either with Centura Health or with other companies that see this and are like ‘oh yeah we can use your skills’, so I’m really glad to have this opportunity,” said Weiffenbach.

Community honors DougCo teachers, Wise addresses crowd

By Suzie Glassman/NewsBreak Denver(Castle Rock, CO) Addressing a crowd of parents, children, teachers, and community supporters at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch Friday afternoon, former DougCo superintendent Corey Wise choked up, talking about his relationships during his 26 years with the district."I'm blessed to have the relationships that I've had. Thank you for helping me have the best experience I've ever had in my life with a career to wake up and love going to work every day, even in the challenging times,&quo...

By Suzie Glassman/NewsBreak Denver

(Castle Rock, CO) Addressing a crowd of parents, children, teachers, and community supporters at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch Friday afternoon, former DougCo superintendent Corey Wise choked up, talking about his relationships during his 26 years with the district.

"I'm blessed to have the relationships that I've had. Thank you for helping me have the best experience I've ever had in my life with a career to wake up and love going to work every day, even in the challenging times," he said.

The event, titled Celebrate Teachers 22, A Tribute to Corey Wise, attracted those supportive of Wise and upset over his firing in February. Organizers raised enough money to buy every teacher and staff member in attendance dinner.

One of the event's coordinators, Kaci Nice, spoke passionately about having Wise as a teacher during her time at Ponderosa High School and his influence on her life since graduation. She called him a mentor, leader, and friend.

"I just want to say thank you for going the extra mile. Sometimes we feel alone on an island, a little anxious, and life gets turned upside down," said Wise.

Wise thanked his family, teachers, and staff, saying he loves them and will do anything for them. He noted that challenges make us better people, and leadership is easy when things go well.

"We talked about gratitude for Teacher Appreciation. I see gratitude as having a great attitude. Find that success, find the win, take on the challenge and move people forward. We can make a difference; you can make a difference," he said.

Wise did not address his discrimination lawsuit against the Douglas County school board.

With close to 2,400 members, a Save Corey Wise Facebook group hopes to pursue a recall election against the four majority board members - Mike Peterson, Christy Williams, Becky Myers, and Kaylee Winegar.

Formal recall efforts can't begin until the end of May, six months after the four took office. But the group supports fundraising efforts by DougCo Collective to "fund a professional poll to learn more about how the Douglas County community feels about the direction and decision of the DCSD BoE," according to DougCoCollective.com.

According to 9News, "Any effort to recall a school board member in Douglas County would have to collect 15,000 signatures from registered voters in the county. If that effort was successful, the recall election would likely fall on November's general election ballot."

DougCo Collective is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the community on public education issues that affect the district.

Magician to perform in Highlands Ranch

At the age of 9, Scotty Wiese performed some magic tricks for family members. He was good at it. He liked it.For several years, Wiese, who will be performing in Highlands Ranch on Jan. 21, said he continued to perform magic tricks, with an added dose of humor, as a hobby. In high school and college, Wiese said he could not ignore it anymore and knew he would make a full career out of it.In 2017, Wiese said his high school basketball team was flying to Los Angeles to participate in a tournament when high winds forced the plane t...

At the age of 9, Scotty Wiese performed some magic tricks for family members. He was good at it. He liked it.

For several years, Wiese, who will be performing in Highlands Ranch on Jan. 21, said he continued to perform magic tricks, with an added dose of humor, as a hobby. In high school and college, Wiese said he could not ignore it anymore and knew he would make a full career out of it.

In 2017, Wiese said his high school basketball team was flying to Los Angeles to participate in a tournament when high winds forced the plane to divert and land in San Diego.

While the team sat on the runway, Wiese said, everyone was in a bad mood and not happy about the situation. It was at that point, Wiese said, that he decided to lighten the mood with his magical talents.

“In high school, I was always performing for my friends. Teachers would have me incorporate the tricks into projects,” Wiese said. “It was not until that plane that I knew this was it. I started performing and all that stress just turned into smiles. I thought if I can do this on a plane, imagine what I could do on the stage.”

Wiese, who grew up in Denver, said he went to college at Santa Clara University, doing shows for restaurants in the Bay Area. After a short time, Wiese said, he moved back to the Denver metro area, started his entertainment company and is now performing all over the U.S. with his home state, especially along the Front Range, being his favorite.

Wiese joked that starting his entertainment company seemed like a great idea in 2019 when he had 200 shows nationwide that year. Then, the pandemic hit, and the entertainment industry went from “100% to zero just like that.”

“I took that time to work and develop my show,” Wiese said. “I wanted to find a way to connect more with the audience.”

In trying to continue bringing smiles to citizens even during a pandemic, Wiese said he performed at various hospitals and groups for children in 2020.

With shows resuming in 2021, Wiese said his work to better connect with the audience paid off because people were ready to smile and be a part of something.

In his upcoming Jan. 21 show in Highlands Ranch, Wiese said he will be performing brand new material, calling the event “Connection.”

“The show is really based on what we’ve gone through,” he said. “I will be interacting with the audience. It’s a lighthearted show that I hope is a magical, fun night for all.”

Wiese is performing at the “Family Magic Show” at the Southridge Recreation Center, starting at 7 p.m. Click here for show information.

To learn more about Wiese, visit the website at scottywiese.com.

McGehee finds home with Highlands Ranch wrestling

Connor McGehee, a sophomore at Highlands Ranch High School, has found a sense of belonging with the wrestling team.HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — The first sport Connor McGehee tried had a bigger impact than he could have imagined.McGehee, a sophomore at Highlands Ranch High School, used to get made fun of for his weight. So he decided to use it as motivation and joined the wrestling team."I've seen him lose plenty of times, and he's still smiling," Highlands Ranch coach Justin Kast said. "(He was) the beg...

Connor McGehee, a sophomore at Highlands Ranch High School, has found a sense of belonging with the wrestling team.

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — The first sport Connor McGehee tried had a bigger impact than he could have imagined.

McGehee, a sophomore at Highlands Ranch High School, used to get made fun of for his weight. So he decided to use it as motivation and joined the wrestling team.

"I've seen him lose plenty of times, and he's still smiling," Highlands Ranch coach Justin Kast said. "(He was) the beginner of the beginner, not knowing anything about wrestling."

But McGehee never gave up.

Eventually, the self-proclaimed former "fat kid" built muscle mass and developed wrestling technique. But most importantly, he was making friends on the team.

The now-skilled heavyweight recently captured his first-ever win on the JV team, and was welcomed with a huge celebration from his teammates.

"It was the best thing ever," McGehee said. "Even one of the teachers stopped me in the hall and said 'Hey, you're Connor, right?'"

Connor McGehee -- the big man on campus.

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Ski and Boot Lab stays true to form

For KC McCallum, the hardest part of starting his own business was naming it.The Highlands Ranch resident opened Ski & Boot Lab in 2016 after nearly 25 years of working in the ski industry — an industry he finds fun and feels lucky to be a part of.While considering names, McCallum’s brothers gave him some advice. Also small business owners, they cautioned him not to use his name but to pick something that could show up organically in potential customers’ internet searches.So McCallum took inspiratio...

For KC McCallum, the hardest part of starting his own business was naming it.

The Highlands Ranch resident opened Ski & Boot Lab in 2016 after nearly 25 years of working in the ski industry — an industry he finds fun and feels lucky to be a part of.

While considering names, McCallum’s brothers gave him some advice. Also small business owners, they cautioned him not to use his name but to pick something that could show up organically in potential customers’ internet searches.

So McCallum took inspiration from the shop’s location instead. After looking at expensive warehouse spaces, McCallum found a laboratory to rent in a commercial building not far from Highlands Ranch Town Center. It had sturdy countertops and cabinets, ventilation, even an eyewash station.

“Everything I needed” to house ski tuning equipment and set up a workshop, McCallum said.

Now in its sixth season, Ski & Boot Lab mounts bindings, fits boots and tunes skis for Highlands Ranch and beyond. It has demo gear from top brands like Atomic, Blizzard, Nordica, Lange and K2 available for rent, as well.

“It’s like renting a Mercedes, BMW, Audi or Porsche,” McCallum said of the 60 or so high-end skis he purchases annually for the shop.

But Ski & Boot Lab doesn’t stock merchandise for sale. Not a lip balm, sock or insole, McCallum said. However, he does sell off his demo equipment at the end of the season and can special-order items for customers.

Voted “Top of the Town” for ski and snowboard service in 2020 and 2021 by readers of 5280 magazine, McCallum likes to think he’s known for his honest opinion, quick turnaround and skillful tuning.

“I think people take me at my word,” when it comes to advice about equipment, he said. “I don’t have anything to sell, you know.”

The shop is open 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and at other times by appointment. Although that’s only 20 hours a week, 16-hour days are not unusual for McCallum during the season. There’s plenty to buff, scrape and sharpen when he’s not with customers, especially in a thin snow year like this year.

McCullum has one employee, a buddy, who helps with waxing skis and snowboards, but McCallum does all other mounting and tuning work himself.

He barely minds the extreme hours though, he said, because the hours are spent doing something he enjoys.

Plus he has slow summers to rest, relax and spend with family. In recent years they’ve traveled to Florida for his daughter’s cheer competitions, toured Iceland and explored Colorado’s backcountry.

“You’ll see me at the pool in June or whatever,” McCallum said. “I hike, bike, climb, run, ski. It’s kind of a balance there.”

Before opening Ski & Boot Lab, McCallum worked for Colorado Ski & Golf, Sports Authority Elite and Gorsuch Ltd. where he built connections and developed expertise. He started in the ski industry while he was still a student at Highlands Ranch High School and said he’s never had a job that actually felt like a job.

“The 1 a.m. stuff? It’s a little long,” McCallum said of the late nights in his lab. “But I think it’s some of the funnest times.”

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