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Mixed Uses on Ground Floor

Jeff Whitman
GTM Architects
April 7, 2022

I have a 5 story building with the following uses per floor:
Basement - Parking and Building Service Spaces
Ground Floor - Retail/Restaurant, Office, Office Lobby, Fitness Center, Loading Dock, Egress Stairs, Building Service Areas, Dedicated retail service corridor
2nd thru 5th Floors - Office, Office lobby, corridors, restrooms, floor service spaces. (all dedicated office tenant uses)

I'm trying to just utilize the BOMA Office Buildings since we have so little retail.
Can i just create a separate boma spreadsheet for only the retail/restaurant? This would include a modified boundary area that would only include the service corridor, loading dock, building service spaces

i would then have a separate spreadsheet that would include the reduced ground floor Boundary and office dedicated uses for the overall office space

Thank you

David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
April 8, 2022

Hi Jeff

The BOMA Office Standard should include the entire building if the building comprises 50% or more of office space. The retail areas should be included in your calculations. You can use Inter-Building Area calculations in the BOMA 2017 Office Standard to restrict the amount of service and amenity areas that are proportionately allocated to the retail areas if it's fair and reasonable to do so. We will sometimes do a separate BOMA Retail area analysis on just the retail component of an office building, but the retail areas should still be included in your office area analysis.


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