Programming & Analysis Practice Exam- demising wall
Can someone help me to explain where it says " standards state that usable area should be calculated from the center of the demising wall." ? How does it tell from the standard image?
Refer to the exhibit.
A prospective tenant is considering leasing Suite 200 in an existing office building. The prospective tenant hires an architect to review the existing building's drawings and provide the usable area for Suite 200.
Click on the location on the demising wall between Suite 200 and Shell Space 300 in the plan detail to indicate the boundary from where the usable area should be calculated.
Centerline of the demising wall
Building Owners and Managers (BOMA) standards state that usable area should be calculated from the center of the demising wall.
I just took this practice exam the other day and it took me a moment to figure out what it was trying to say, even though I have done a few BOMA floor plans.
Basically the image above is showing different conditions. The main tenant space is in the middle. And then there are other situations around it: vertical penetrations, a parking area, service area, amenities, other tenant spaces, etc. The question is asking where to draw the line when dividing between these spaces, specifically between a tenant space and a potential tenant space (the shell). The red line shows what to do in which situation. When it's a parking area, vertical penetrations, building service area then you split the rentable tenant space at the interior (tenant side) wall. Shared amenity spaces and spaces belonging to other tenants are split in the middle.
When it's split down the middle, it's saying that the tenant is responsible for half of that wall. The other tenant (or space) is also responsible for half of that wall. When it's a wall that is building circulation (not within the tenant space) or a vertical penetration, the tenant is only responsible for their side of the wall.
Hope that makes sense!
I think this question is very unclear. I don't see any spaces labeled 200 or 300. I understand that the demising wall is in the center between tenant spaces, but that is not clearly stated in the narrative. The answer shows the correct area in the wall section being slightly off-center too (???). Ugh... And when I printed this exam, that diagram was so tiny, it was unreadable.
Rebekka O'Melia, R.A., NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, NOMA, Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses
I think it wants you to use the diagram to figure out which one applies. What is Suite 200 considered? What is a shell space considered? They don't want to tell you they are both tenant spaces. They want you to see all the options it could be in the diagram and determine what the spaces most likely are.
I do find it odd that the correct area portion is off center. I'm not sure why it's giving more clearance on one side over the other since it should be directly in the middle. Unless they're showing one side with a thicker finish applied by the tenant and one side the standard shell finish. But they both look the same to me.
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