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Will Gresham
STG Design
April 25, 2014

We are designing a two story office building that has a central, unconditioned breezeway cut through it. The breezeway is covered by the roof and a single tenant may connect spaces on both sides of the breezeway w/ a catwalk. Does the ground floor breezeway area contribute to gross area? If not, would enclosing the area in glazing change how that space would be counted?


David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
April 28, 2014

Hi Will

Under BOMA 1996, all spaces in a building must be fully enclosed in order to be included in the rentable area of the building. If the installation of glazing makes the "breezeway" fully enclosed then it will be part of the rentable area. If the breezeway is not fully enclosed and not protected by the exterior environment, then it should not be included in the rentable of the building.

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