Originally constructed in 1968 as an urban hotel, this 17-story, 153,000 gsf building underwent radical renovation in 1983 by transforming it into an office building for use by the City and County of Denver. With the construction of the new Wellington Webb office building, Minoru Yasui Plaza played a major role in the reorganization of many agencies and departments relocating to the new building. the abo group was contracted to provide a Space Study and Program Plan. the abo group helped the City to decide to vacate the building because all of the major building systems needed to be replaced. Complicating the design further was the limited space to distribute the building systems. The original hotel was designed with only 8 feet between the concrete floors and ceilings. the abo group and their consultants came up with an innovative integrated ceiling system that could be installed in only 5 inches of space. The budget for this project was $15 million. The bids came in under the budget and the difference between the low bid and the next low bid was only $158.