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Denver Federal Center is a mile square facility with 17 different federal agencies as tenants.
The agencies include:
Historically, the site was originally developed by the federal government as an armory during Prototypes had previously been developed for the eastern GSA facilities that were intended to be universal. However, the regional GSA management felt strongly that the unique characteristics of the associated tenants and the surrounding areas required a solution specific to the site. These signs were developed with the following characteristics in mind:
In collaboration with Gensler Associates, INNERFACE developed a signage and wayfinding program for the DFC campus as a part of the GSA “First Impressions” national program.
World War II. Although continually occupied since then, the uses of the site have changed, while the structures and wayfinding haven't. The entire site is enclosed with 6' tall chain link fence topped with razor wire. The 2 public entrances are manned by armed guards who determine access. However, once inside (and the public is welcome for access to certain services, there was no guidance to any destinations other than the WWII era signage, which indicated building numbers.
Design of the sign allows for changeability by removing the top cap and replacing the sign face. Also, since reflective vinyl was used for the signs, copy can be added or replaced with a minimum of effort, while the signs remain visible at night.