- Robin Menge
- GTM Architects
- May 4, 2020
I have a 2 story building where most of the first floor is office/warehouse and the entire 2nd floor is office use. When calculating for BOMA, which method/year should I use? This is the exterior elevation of the building for reference:
Thank you in advance!
- David Fingret
- Extreme Measures Inc.
- May 4, 2020
The BOMA 2017 Office Standard says:
"Generally, a building whose occupancy comprises 50% or more of a particular use (e.g. Office, Industrial, Retail, or Multi-Unit Residential), should use the corresponding single-use standard. Therefore, a Building whose primary use is office with ancillary retail, parking, and storage should use this Office Standard."
The 2019 Industrial Standard (recently published) states much the same thing but includes Flex buildings as well. Flex Buildings are defined as "A building designed as an Industrial Building but not necessarily used for industrial proposes."
You will have to decide based on the above, which is more applicable to your project. The BOMA Industrial standard does offer a larger rentable area since it's measured to the outside face of exterior walls compared to the inside finished surface in the office standard.
Also, if there is a lease document in place, that would often state the measuring methodology to be used and override what's stated in the BOMA publications.