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How do I allocate private bathrooms

John Patterson
Fraser Seiple Architects
February 1, 2011

In a Multi-story, Multi- tenant office building, how should I catagorize and allocate restroom space that is on the first floor of the building and is within the private space of a single tenant. All other tenants on the first floor are required to use restrooms on the second or third floors. Can the private restrooms be catagorized as something other than Floor Service Area? Can the space be added the the tenant's useable area to modify the Floor(or Building) R/U ratio, since the single tenant has exclusive access to these spaces?
Thank you for your help in this matter

John C Patterson

Adam Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
February 1, 2011

Hi John,

Part of the discussion for Occupant Area on page 25 of the standard reads:

"...the existence of primary control over an area does not make it occupant area, with the most common example being restrooms on single occupant floors."

This is pretty clear that the restrooms should in fact be Floor Service Area. Note that the single tenant will incur 100% of the restrooms, so the Rentable Area is the same either way.

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