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Building Common Area

Brad Zubrick
Conn & Associates, Inc. Architects
December 18, 2012

The following situation occurs in a 2 story, an elevator lobby that is on the ground floor of a building provides access to the upper level only and tenants on the ground floor cannot access the lobby from their space. when doing the global summary of areas, is the SF placed in the building common area for the first floor or second floor.

Adam Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
December 18, 2012

Hi Brad,

Normally, building common area is placed on the floor on which it occurs . However, it sounds like you want the area to be shared by the second floor tenants only. BOMA 1996 does not really allow for this scenario, so you will have to "modify" the standard to make it work. There are a few ways to accomplish this, including bringing the lobby area up to the second floor (artificially) and allocating it to floor common area (not building common area).

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