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2010 BOMA Balcony/Courtyard Space

Aaron Herter
Aaron Herter
March 22, 2012

My client is convinced that under the new external circulation calcualtion included in the IGA Boundary criteria of BOMA 2010, he will be able to grow his buildings square footage by the large amounts of balcony and courtyard space at the Property.

I found the following on the definition of External Circulation: External Circulation occurs where unenclosed passage provides the only access to tenant space (usually in warmer climates). BOMA 2010 allows this space to be captured as common area. Courtyards, colonnades and bridges may also qualify.

My questions are:
(1) Can my client consider the 9,143 square feet of balcony space at his Property to be common area space (or even rentable square footage)? The balcony space wraps around the second floor of the building but is not the only way to get from one side of the building to the other.
(2) The Property has an internal courtyard (with a retractable roof above it) of about 3,400 square feet, can he include that at rentable square footage or is it just considered common area space? You can walk around the courtyard if needed so it's not the only way to go from point A to point B. If it can be considered rentable then it would obviously help the load.


Adam Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
March 26, 2012

Hi Aaron,

1) If there are internal multi-occupant corridors used for ingress and egress by tenants, then no, your client should not consider the balcony space as external circulation and it should not be counted as rentable area.

2) Again, if there are internal multi-occupant corridors, then the interior courtyard does not count as such.

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