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Columns on the outside of the building

jasmeet kahlon
DES Architects
February 7, 2012


I am currently referring the BOMA standard 1996 Version for a project that was done under the same standard.

My question is : If we have columns outside the building that supports a canopy do we include them in the Gross Building Area. (column about 3' from the outside face of building)

Also if its a corridor kind of condition ( how does it work under the 1996 standard )

Thanks a lot

Adam Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
February 7, 2012


It depends on what you mean by "canopy". If we are talking about a superficial rain shelter that's affixed to the building, then no, this should not be included in Gross Building Area.

However, if by canopy, you mean overhang, and there is significant enclosed structure above, then it is possible that this defines the so-called "building line," and should be included in Gross Building Area.

I don't understand your corridor question. Kindly clarify.

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