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Occupant Storage

Sopheap Hille
Burgess Design, Inc.
July 10, 2014

I am working on building that has occupant storage (finished with GWB wall, wood doors, lights and exposed concrete) in the parking level. most of it is within the core wall so it will never be removed, but there is (3) occupant storage that is not and the client would like to have these storage rooms be included within the measurable sf. We have informed them that if we do so, the storage can not be remove in the future. What is your thoughts?


David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
July 11, 2014

Hi Sophead,

One of the benefits and purposes of Occupant Storage in BOMA 2010 is that it can be added and removed without effecting the Rentable Area of the building. Deciding whether or not a space is Occupant Storage has more to do with where it is located in the building and its level of finish. If the occupant storage in question is located on a floor that does not contain occupant area, such as a basement, mechanical level or parking level, then it should be occupant storage and excluded from the IGA. Otherwise, if it is on a regular office floor, you should consider it Occupant Area, which would be part of the IGA.

If the client really needs below grade Occupant Storage to be part of the Rentable Area, then use the BOMA 1996 standard instead.

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