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Inter-building calc plus parking garage

GTM Architects
April 5, 2021

I'll be calculating two office buildings that share amenity spaces all of which are located in one building (I get that part) but they also share a completely detached parking garage. Since parking is removed from the calculation, does it need to be included and then removed or just not addressed at all?

Thank you in advance!

David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
April 6, 2021

Hi Robin,

Parking structures should be included in the measurement, especially if they contain any Service Areas that could be part of the Rentable Area(s). The standard states:

In order for parking to be included in Boundary Area, it must be a fully enclosed
or Partially Enclosed structure that is used for the transient storage of motor
vehicles, along with associated Circulation and Services (such as ramps, exhaust
fans and ducts that serve the Parking Area). The parking structure must be
vertically stacked, joined, or attached to the Building by a Connector with the
same municipal address and ownership as the Building under study.

If the Parking Structure meets the requirements above to be included, but does not have any Service Areas then you may consider omitting it, but I would recommend leaving a disclaimer in the Global Summary of Areas Spreadsheet and consulting with your client about it.


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