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Near Commerce City in Adams County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Headquarters for a New Mission

 
 
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Photographed By Connor Olson, August 24, 2020
1. Headquarters for a New Mission Marker
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As the focus changed to environmental cleanup, Building 111 became the headquarters of this new mission-and of a public-private partnership among the U.S. Army, Shell Oil Co. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Years of Partnership
Called the Remediation Venture Office-or RV0–the partnership was responsible for expediting the safe, timely environmental cleanup and transformation of the site into a premier urban national wildlife refuge. This collaboration has been cited repeatedly as a model public-private partnership.

Safety First
Safety was the No. 1 priority of the RVO. Together, the organizations and their contractors set new standards in workplace safety, making the Arsenal the first, environmental cleanup site to receive the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's highest award in workplace safety.

The Refuge Emerges
As the environmental cleanup ended, buildings that had fulfilled their use came down, including Building 111. Now the site provides sanctuary to more than 330 species of wildlife and a natural-oasis for generations to enjoy.

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Both the U.S. Army and Shell Oil Co. operated chemical manufacturing facilities in the old South Plants, seen here in the 1980s.

As part of the environmental cleanup, the South Plants area has been restored to a native short-grass prairie as shown in this 2011 photo.

Today the partnership continues, From their offices in Building 129, which was once joined to the "White House,” the partners .coordinate the management of the Refuge and the long-term operations and maintenance of the remedy.

Numerous celebrations were held near Building 111 to recognize the safety performance of RVO employees and contractors.

In 2007 bison were reintroduced west of Building 111 at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

 
Erected by Rocky Mountain Arsenal Remediation Venture Office.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentIndustry & CommerceWar, Cold. A significant historical year for this entry is 2011.
 
Location. 39° 49.68′ N, 104° 51.525′ W. Marker is near Commerce City, Colorado, in Adams County. Marker is on East 72nd Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denver CO 80239, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. On This Site Stood the "White House" (here, next to this
Headquarters for a New Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 24, 2020
2. Headquarters for a New Mission Marker
marker); Headquarters Area (within shouting distance of this marker); South Plants (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (approx. half a mile away); The Fourteeners (approx. 2 miles away); Habitat for Wildlife - A Rich History (approx. 2 miles away); Early Years of Statehood (approx. 2 miles away); Where's the Water? (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Commerce City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 1, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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