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Office building, restaurant, balconies, roof equipment

Norberto Leon
September 26, 2013

1. Can I use the office standards on a 27,200 sf office building where 3,117 sf is a restaurant and 1,223 is a coffee shop?

2. Does the exterior seating for the restaurant beyond the property line on a public sidewalk get calculated somehow?

3. Do balconies exclusive to a floor and a single tenant get calculated as occupant area?

4. Do toilets for a floor occupied by a single tenant get calculated as occupant area?

5. Does area for roof equipment screened-in but not enclosed by a roof get calculated as building service?

Thank you,

David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
September 26, 2013

Hi Norberto,

Answers to your questions below:

1. Yes as long as the building is predominantly made up of office space, the BOMA office standard is appropriate to use.
2. Public Pedestiran Thoroughfare is a condition that exists when there is a pedstrian walkway (such as a sidewalk) on the same level as the interior of a given floor. In this case, if there is a sidewalk on the same level and side as the restaurant, the IGA boundary can go to the building line.
3. No balconies are not included
4. In general no. Washrooms are specifically excluded from occupant area, however we will include a private washroom (such as an executive's washoroom as part of the occupant area.)
5. No, building service areas must be fully enclosed.

I would highly recommend purchasing the standard from www.boma.org.

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