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Building Common Areas enclosed with chain link fence

Peter Ducas
OTJ Architects
April 22, 2015

I've run across situations in the past where certain building common elements such as a generator/fuel tank or fire pump may be located on an below grade parking garage level and is surrounded by a chain link fence. Would this still be considered a building common area and if so, what would be considered the dominant portion? Tenant storage areas are sometimes enclosed in this fashion rather than with standard walls as well.

David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
April 22, 2015

Hi Peter,

It is reasonable to include these building common elements as Building Service Area. It is covered in Section 6 (6.1-Exterior Areas) of the Office Standard. The chain link itself would be the dominant portion.

It is also acceptable to include the fenced off occupant storage areas as they have no impact on the rentable area(s) of the building and are accounted for and leased separately.

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