Measuring Office Space
There are certain methods for measuring office space which you will need to be aware of when looking for office space, to make sure that the size of office space meets your requirements.
When touring office properties or looking through a shortlist of properties, you are likely to come across the following definitions which you will need to be familiar with so that you make the right choices.
Usable square feet
Office space will usually be advertised as having a certain amount of 'usable square feet' this consists of the actual occupiable area of a floor or office property. It is arrived at by measuring the finished surface side of the office side of corridor and other permanent walls, to the center of the partitions that separate the office from adjoining usable areas, and to the inside finished surface of the dominant portions of the permanent outer building walls.
Rentable square feet
Rentable square feet is calculated by taking the actual usable square footage and adding a percentage of the common areas. However, it should be noted that this doesn't only include exclusive floor space, but also common areas that you might share with other tenants within the building. It can therefore be somewhat misleading to tenants when calculating their office space requirements against the property in question.
Floor common area
This refers to common areas available to all the tenants on that particular floor of a property. This may include kitchen areas, lobby and rest rooms.
Building common area
This refers to the common areas available to all the tenants in the building. These spaces are typically split pro-rata with all the tenants occupying the building, and can include main building lobbies, elevator lobbies and rest rooms.
Best practice tips
Always confirm the amount of actual usable square footage with the landlord.Use the office space calculator when working out how much space your business will actually need. Always verify the usable square feet with your own measurements to make sure you they are correct.
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