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Exclusive Use of Floor Service Areas

Scott Durkee
Shelden Architecture
August 4, 2021

We have a multistory building with Occupant A on the ground floor and other floors and Occupant B on only the ground floor. Occupant B does not have access through their own space to the elevators used by Occupant A or the restrooms near the elevators. Should these ground floor restrooms be considered Occupant A space or Floor Service Area?

David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
August 7, 2021

Hi Scott,

BOMA 2010 allows you to allocate any areas that a tenant has primary control of as part of their Occupant Area on a multi-tenant floor, but it does not really have the ability to directly allocate service and amenity common areas to specific Occupants. BOMA 2010 does allow "Limited" amenity and service areas, however it is not well documented in the standard and would only allow you to allocate certain common areas to all the occupants on multiple floors. If possible, you should use the BOMA 2017 Office Standard which offers all the flexibility that you need to directly allocate service and amenity areas to only those tenants that use them using "Inter-Building Area" calculations. With this feature, you would be able to allocate the restrooms and other applicable service and amenity areas directly to Occupant A.


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