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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In El Segundo, CA

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. El Segundo, CA 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.

 Rent Storage Containers El Segundo, CA

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 El Segundo, CA, 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 El Segundo, CA

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 El Segundo, CA

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 El Segundo, CA

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.

 Rent Shipping Containers El Segundo, CA

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 El Segundo, CA, 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 El Segundo, CA

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 El Segundo, CA, 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 El Segundo, CA. 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 El Segundo, CA?

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Latest News in El Segundo, CA

Pennywise and El Segundo Brewing Company Release Unknown Road Craft Beer

Southern California punk legends Pennywise have partnered with independently owned El Segundo Brewing Company in LA’s South Bay to release Unknown Road craft beer, named for the band’s landmark sophomore album. The refreshing and drinkable golden ale has an ABV of 5% and is available now in select Southern California stores, bars and restaurants, with expanded distribution planned in the coming months. Pennywise presents Unkn...

Southern California punk legends Pennywise have partnered with independently owned El Segundo Brewing Company in LA’s South Bay to release Unknown Road craft beer, named for the band’s landmark sophomore album. The refreshing and drinkable golden ale has an ABV of 5% and is available now in select Southern California stores, bars and restaurants, with expanded distribution planned in the coming months. Pennywise presents Unknown Road is available in 16 oz. cans and on draft. To find Pennywise’s Unknown Road craft beer in Southern California, visit elsegundobrewing.com/find-our-beer/

Fletcher Dragge of Pennywise said, “Hey what’s up people? After a long search, we have found the perfect brewery to partner with on our new beer, Unknown Road. Our good friends at El Segundo Brewing have created the perfect beer for those long summer days that roll into a good night. Best when served ice cold!!”

It’s no surprise that this search led Pennywise to El Segundo Brewing Company in their own back yard. For Pennywise, friends have always been family, and their South Bay home not just a beach community with a rich punk-rock history, but also a way of life. If the flavor of Pennywise could be captured in a beer, it had to happen here.

El Segundo Brewing Company Owner/Brewer Rob Croxall said, "This is a really fun collab and we're stoked that Pennywise wanted to work with us on it. They said they wanted an ‘all day drinker,’ and for that you don't want something that's too hoppy like an IPA, you really want a malt driven ale, basically ‘beer flavored beer.’ It's a classic style that matches perfectly with a legendary South Bay band."

The Unknown Road can label graphic pays tribute to the band’s album of the same name, featuring album cover art, lyrics from the title track, as well as a QR code linking to an instrumental version of “Unknown Road.”

Recently, Pennywise fans got an early taste of their Unknown Road craft beer when it debuted at the band’s six epic sold-out shows at Southern California’s Garden Amp. For the first time ever, Pennywise performed their first five albums in full (one per show), and then added a sixth show as a bonus for fans. The beer was an instant hit, selling out all six nights.

Formed in the South Bay of Los Angeles—a neighborhood with a rich punk-rock history—in 1988, Pennywise went on to amass an international following with their relentless touring and a melodic, high-energy sound fusing classic punk, surf punk, and blistering hardcore. Through the years, Pennywise have solidified their place in punk history with iconic songs like “F*ck Authority,” “Alien,” and “Bro Hymn” (their timeless ode to brotherhood and departed friends). Pennywise have released 11 albums over the last three decades, including: Pennywise (1991), Unknown Road (1993), About Time (1995), Full Circle (1997), Straight Ahead (1999), Land of the Free? (2001), From The Ashes (2003), The Fuse (2005), Reason To Believe (2008), Yesterdays (2014), and Never Gonna Die (2018). Resolutely working outside the margins of the mainstream, the band has emerged as an enduringly vibrant staple on SoCal radio airwaves and the worldwide festival circuit.

El Segundo Brewing Company is an independently owned craft brewery that started production in May 2011. Founded over a love of hops and a desire to locally brew the beer they love most, the West Coast IPA, they quickly were put on the map as one of the premier West Coast IPA breweries. And while hop forward beers make up an overwhelming portion of what ESBC does, as the brewery grows and expands its reach, they’ve been making a name for themselves with their lagers and barrel aged beers. ESBC also operates a satellite taproom/pizzeria called “The Slice & Pint.” This offshoot features ESBC beer alongside a selection of guest taps and features a menu that’s heavy on hand-tossed and pan pizzas as well as a wide selection of appetizers and salads.

For more info about Pennywise and Unknown Road craft beer, visit: pennywisdom.com

For information on El Segundo Brewing Company, visit: elsegundobrewing.com

Rooftop Cinema Club to Shimmer Again in El Segundo

So many films take us to an upper level, a higher realm, a spot made for soaring, both in the physical sense and in an emotional way, too.And finding those go-higher moments? Happily, you don't have to look too hard.Those movie moments may be found within "Encanto" (think of Casita's epic staircases, taking characters higher into the magical house), "Jurassic Park" (the helicopter ride, of course, but also the fact that T. Rex stands tall), and "Dirty Dancing" (when Johnny catches and lifts Baby, o...

So many films take us to an upper level, a higher realm, a spot made for soaring, both in the physical sense and in an emotional way, too.

And finding those go-higher moments? Happily, you don't have to look too hard.

Those movie moments may be found within "Encanto" (think of Casita's epic staircases, taking characters higher into the magical house), "Jurassic Park" (the helicopter ride, of course, but also the fact that T. Rex stands tall), and "Dirty Dancing" (when Johnny catches and lifts Baby, our shared cinematic soul is a little lifted, too).

But how to experience these iconic works while also occupying an ethereal plane, one that sits above the city, so you can feel like you're Baby, or riding a T. Rex, or exploring the upper reaches of the enchanted "Encanto" abode?

One cinematic solution: Watch one of these gems, while relaxing in a lounge chair, while wearing wireless headphones, on an El Segundo rooftop.

For Rooftop Cinema Club is ready to re-launch its El Segundo location near the end of April, and, oh yay, the three films above are on the upcoming schedule.

As are several other stars, including "Love & Basketball," "Bridesmaids," "Goonies," and a "Grease" sing-along.

The venue is located at 1310 E. Franklin Avenue in El Segundo, you're invited to show early with a picnic, if you like, and family screenings, the kind shimmering earlier in the day?

Those are happening, too, as are before-the-movie lawn games, another family favorite.

If you don't pack snacks, fret not: Concessions are a big part of the movie-watching experience, and Rooftop Cinema Club has nibbles for sale at each screening.

A lounge seat is $19.50, adding popcorn brings your seat and snack to $22.50, and there are a few ticketing tiers beyond those to ponder.

So head up, up, up to this site now, to secure your spring-into-summer cinema experience, one that is ready to flower above El Segundo.

We may not be able to soar as high as the characters we see flying across the silver screen, but we can move closer to the sky when we watch their stories take flight.

EXCLUSIVE Boeing clashes with key supplier ahead of Starliner spacecraft launch

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) is feuding with Aerojet Rocketdyne (AJRD.N), a key supplier for its Starliner spacecraft, as the U.S. aerospace giant races to test launch the uncrewed astronaut capsule and mend its reputation in the space sector, people familiar with the matter said.The CST-100 Starliner is sched...

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) is feuding with Aerojet Rocketdyne (AJRD.N), a key supplier for its Starliner spacecraft, as the U.S. aerospace giant races to test launch the uncrewed astronaut capsule and mend its reputation in the space sector, people familiar with the matter said.

The CST-100 Starliner is scheduled for a May 19 Florida launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket to the International Space Station, with Boeing aiming to show NASA that the spacecraft is safe to ferry astronauts to and from the orbiting outpost. Software failures cut short a similar 2019 uncrewed test flight.

The mission is a crucial step toward re-establishing Boeing as a viable rival to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX, a drive complicated by Boeing's disagreement with propulsion system supplier Aerojet, according to three people who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Chicago-based Boeing and El Segundo, California-based Aerojet are at odds over the cause of a problem involving fuel valves in the Starliner propulsion system that forced a postponement of a test flight last July, with the two companies faulting one another, the sources said.

The disagreement, which has not been reported before, comes at time when Boeing already is scrambling to emerge from successive crises that have hobbled its jetliner business and drained cash. read more

The Aerojet dispute is the latest illustration of Boeing's struggles with Starliner, a program costing the company $595 million in charges since 2019. Facing fixed-price NASA contracts that leave Boeing with little wiggle room financially, the company has pressed forward with the Starliner test.

Boeing in a statement provided by a spokesperson to Reuters acknowledged for the first time that it ultimately intends to redesign Starliner's valve system to prevent a repeat of the issue that forced last year's test-flight postponement. The Boeing statement said that "we are working on short- and long-term design changes to the valves."

Thirteen fuel valves that are part of a propulsion system that helps steer Starliner in space were discovered stuck and unresponsive in the closed position, prompting last year's postponement.

The various technical setbacks have pushed Starliner's first flight with people aboard into an unknown future, placing it far behind Musk's SpaceX, whose Crew Dragon capsule, developed under the same NASA program as Starliner, has already flown five astronaut crews for the U.S. space agency.

NASA hopes Boeing can provide additional options to carry astronauts to the space station. NASA in March awarded SpaceX three more missions to make up for Boeing's delays.

A team of Boeing and NASA engineers is in general agreement that the cause of the stuck valves involves a chemical reaction between propellant, aluminum materials and the intrusion of moisture from Starliner's humid Florida launch site.

Aerojet engineers and lawyers see it differently, blaming a cleaning chemical that Boeing has used in ground tests, two of the sources said.

An Aerojet representative declined to comment.

'ROOT CAUSE'

"Testing to determine root cause of the valve issue is complete," Boeing said in its statement, and the work did not find the problems described by Aerojet.

NASA shares that view, Steve Stich, who oversees the Boeing and SpaceX crew programs for the space agency, told Reuters.

Boeing also said Aerojet did not meet its contractual requirements to make the propulsion system resilient enough to resist the problems caused by the chemical reactions.

Boeing last week wheeled Starliner back to the launch pad for a third time ahead of the upcoming launch, having swapped out the propulsion system for a new one with a temporary fix that prevents moisture from seeping into the valve section.

Boeing and NASA said they did not recreate any fully stuck valves during nine months of testing, instead measuring the degree to which valves struggled to open.

This approach was used in order to get Starliner back to the launchpad quickly, two of the sources said.

NASA, Boeing, Aerojet and independent safety advisers are set to meet this week to reach a final determination on the cause of the valve problems and decide whether the temporary fix will work.

Boeing officials privately regard Aerojet's explanation for the faulty valves as a bid to deflect responsibility for the costly delay for Starliner and to avoid paying for a redesigned valve system, two of the sources said.

"It's laughable," one person involved in the joint Boeing-NASA investigation of the value issue said of Aerojet's claim, speaking anonymously to discuss confidential supplier relations. "Getting a valve maker or propulsion system provider to write down, 'Yeah, I screwed that up' ... that's never gonna happen."

After testing and software issues caused Starliner's 2019 failure to dock at the space station, NASA officials acknowledged they had trusted Boeing too much when they decided to devote more engineering oversight to the newer SpaceX than the aerospace giant.

The feud with Aerojet is not Boeing's first Starliner subcontractor quarrel. In 2017, Starliner had an accident during a ground test that forced the president of a different subcontractor to have his leg medically amputated. The subcontractor sued, and Boeing subsequently settled the case.

Portal Schools in El Segundo strives to open more career doors for students

El Segundo has a new private school in town, and it has a different approach to accelerated learning.Portal Schools, a high school in its first academic year, plans to help teenagers from all over the Los Angeles area become the next leaders in the technology field and other industries without spending up to four years in college — by awarding them multiple degrees at the same time.Portal, which opened in August, has a partnership with Belkin, an electronics manufacturer, that allows the school to operate at the company&r...

El Segundo has a new private school in town, and it has a different approach to accelerated learning.

Portal Schools, a high school in its first academic year, plans to help teenagers from all over the Los Angeles area become the next leaders in the technology field and other industries without spending up to four years in college — by awarding them multiple degrees at the same time.

Portal, which opened in August, has a partnership with Belkin, an electronics manufacturer, that allows the school to operate at the company’s headquarters. The school first opened at Belkin’s Playa Vista headquarters. When Belkin moved to El Segundo in March, Portal went with it.

And that’s just one of the partnerships upon which Portal relies.

Students will earn either associate or bachelor’s degrees from Southern New Hampshire University at the same time as their high school diplomas during their four or five years at Portal, according to school officials. The core curriculum satisfies college credits.

Portal chose SNHU because of a “philosophical alignment,” officials said. But West LA College also provides some coursework to the school and Portal is looking for other educational partners.

Because the school is in its first year, it’s not yet accredited.

But Portal has applied to be accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school had its initial walk-through with WASC officials this spring.

Once the school receives WASC accreditation, the Portal website says, it will work on aligning its coursework with University of California requirements. Eventually, the website says, Portal will also pursue accreditation through the California Association of Independent Schools.

The school, meanwhile, also benefits from having its campus at Belkin’s headquarters.

Belkin employees volunteer to mentors students one on one. The mentoring is virtual for now, but the employees and students will soon meet in person once the company’s COVID-19 protocols lift and all workers return to the physical campus.

Freshman Juliann Keegan, for example, gets advice from her mentor, Belkin Creative Director Ardith Nishii, about her artistry goals, learning from Nishii’s 25 years of experience.

The school — whose motto is “high school done differently” — is designed to expose youth to a plethora of career interests through real-life work, said Valerie Green, director of outreach and external affairs at Portal.

“The fact that we’re embedded on a tech campus lowers that barrier to access for careers in tech, graphic design, human resources” and the many other fields that Belkin employees come from, said Head of School Grace Cruz.

Cruz’s goal in leading the El Segundo campus, she said, is to lower barriers to entry in various industries that aren’t as diverse as they need to be.

There are a lot of talented people, Cruz said, that typically don’t get to see those career options. Now, she said, they can come through Portal and get in front of those opportunities.

Students come from more than 20 different ZIP codes around Los Angeles County, Green said, including in Long Beach and Pasadena.

The El Segundo campus is the pilot site, Green said, with officials planning to open eight micro schools in Los Angeles by 2025. Each campus would have up to 60 students.

Portal is planning to open a new campus in 2023, Green said, and is looking at partnering with companies in multiple industries — including in health care, and marketing and entertainment — and eventually having a central campus with several corporate businesses surrounding it.

A ninth-grade class of 28 students started at the pilot campus in the fall. Another group of freshman will enter this coming school year. Those two classes will graduate before more students can enroll at the campus.

Freshmen will explore their interests with mentors and during career workshops, Green said. As they get older, classes will become more tailored to the passions they find, and students will choose a “path” to pursue at the end of their junior year based on those interests, Green said.

Sophomores will have a day during the week when they can decide to work off campus, practicing life skills such as time management, Green said. Seniors will have two of those days per week, she added, one of which they’ll spend interning at Belkin.

Career-connected, project-based learning, school officials said, will allow students to apply their knowledge to the real world, rather than trying to get as many correct answers on a test as they can.

During winter term, for example, students did a design challenge project in which Belkin employees picked a problem they were actually facing and students — with weekly check-ins from Belkin — had a month to find a solution, said Ivan Cestero, Portal’s director of strategic partnerships.

That way, students are not just completing assignments, Cestero said, but seeing how their work actually impacts things.

On top of typical grading, students must meet competencies, showing how they best individually use the content rather than striving to reach a baseline standard.

Students should be inspired by each other, Cestero said, not worried about who can do what better than whom.

Cestero said he wants to see Portal’s model normalized in the next 10 to 20 years.

Green, for her part, summed up Portal’s goal for its pupils: It’s not about where students started, she said — but where they’re going.

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Contracts For May 10, 2022

ARMYHensel Phelps Construction Co., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $531,737,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of 11 facilities within the flightline area of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, including utilities, site improvements, pavements, detection/protection features, security enhancements and others. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed at Tyndall AFB, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 19, 2026. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 military constructio...

ARMY

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $531,737,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of 11 facilities within the flightline area of Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, including utilities, site improvements, pavements, detection/protection features, security enhancements and others. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed at Tyndall AFB, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 19, 2026. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 military construction, Air Force funds in the amount of $531,737,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W91278-22-C-0008).

The Morganti Group Inc., Danbury, Connecticut, was awarded a $14,696,615 firm-fixed-price contract to construct an air traffic control tower. Bids were solicited via the internet with 15 received. Work will be performed in Azraq, Jordan, with an estimated completion date of June 18, 2024. Fiscal 2019 military construction, defense-wide funds in the amount of $14,696,615 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District, is the contracting activity (W912ER-22-C-0016).

Peter Vander Werff Construction Inc.,* El Cajon, California, was awarded a $13,397,000 firm-fixed-price contract to design and construct a stage processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Bids were solicited via the internet with three received. Work will be performed in Lompoc, California, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 30, 2024. Fiscal 2022 military construction, defense-wide funds in the amount of $13,397,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles, California, is the contracting activity (W912PL-22-C-0014).

NAVY

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded a $272,672,545 firm-fixed-price, performance-based logistics requirements contract to provide logistics, repair, and upgrade support for 15 Multi-Spectral Targeting System Forward-Looking Infrared components in support of MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters. The contract will include a five-year base period with one two-year option period which if exercised, will bring the total estimated value to $376,414,525. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida (70%); and McKinney, Texas (30%). Work is expected to be completed by May 2027; if the option is exercised, work is expected to be completed by May 2029. Working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $58,241,030 will be issued for delivery order N00383-22-F-0TH1 that will be awarded concurrently with the contract, and funds will not expire. One company was solicited for this non-competitive requirement pursuant to the authority set forth in 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), with one offer received. Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity (N00383-22-D-TH01).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

Palantir USG Inc., Palo Alto, California, was awarded a $30,000,000 firm-fixed-price modification (P00009) to previously awarded contract FA8806-21-C-0010 for a Data-as-a-Service Platform. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for additional term software licenses, cloud hosting, enablement services, support and training for each platform solution under the basic contract. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California; Palo Alto, California; Washington, D.C.; and New York, New York, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2022. Fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $16,895,000; and fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $121,500,000. Space Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.

J&J Asphalt Co., Rapid City, South Dakota, has been awarded a $9,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for paving services on Ellsworth Air Force Base and South Dakota Army National Guard sites in Rapid City, South Dakota. The work is expected to be completed by May 9, 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and one offer was received. Fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $14,233 are being obligated at the time of award. The 28th Contracting Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, South Dakota, is the contracting activity (FA4690-22-D-0004).

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