Minoru Yasui Building
This historic 17-story high-rise city and county building was dedicated to Min Yasui in 1999. Minoru Yasui was Denver’s Director of the Office of Human Rights and spent a year in jail during World War II for challenging the curfew order issued to Japanese Americans by the federal government. During the renovation of this office building the City assigned space in the lobby for a permanent exhibit telling Min’s story. The renovation itself required a complete gut of the structure and remodel to accommodate the programmatic requirements set forth by the City and County of Denver. From a mechanical and electrical standpoint, the most stringent engineering and design challenge was the 8’6” floor-to-floor dimension; which allows 9” for fire protection, electrical, and HVAC systems. The challenge was met with unique heating and cooling ceiling panels and a fresh air ventilation system that allows this facility to function in a high-class office environment. Currently this office serves primarily the Juvenile Probation Services of the City and County of Denver. Within this facility is also the City and County of Denver Backup 911 Call Center.