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Not Easily Accessed Mechanical Spaces

J Brunson
CTC, Inc
March 26, 2010

Are virtually inaccessible mechanical spaces (like a water reservoir) considered Service Area or Major Vertical Penetration? I'm referring to the kind of fully enclosed space that is usually pictured on plans as not having a door, but has a floor and equipment? Or are they excluded from the IGA? Thanks!

Adam Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
March 27, 2010

If the area does not include a floor opening in excess of 1 square foot, then it does not qualify as Major Vertical Penetration. Consider treating it as Building or Floor Service Area.

Keep in mind that both MVP's and Service Areas are always included in the IGA Boundary. Major Vertical Penetrations are however deducted from Rentable Area (I assume this is what you meant to say).

J Brunson
CTC, Inc
March 29, 2010

Yes, thanks.

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