Description of Data Element 10025





NAME:         Building Gross Square Feet                                        



NUMBER:       10025                                                             



FILES/TABLES: SPA                                                               



INTENT:                                                                         
   Assessment of Space Needs                                                    
   Current Facilities Inventory Data                                            
   Educational Plant Surveys                                                    
   Facilities Depreciation Formula                                              



DEFINITION:                                                                     
   Total gross square footage of the building or covered walkway                
   attached to or connecting university buildings.                              



EDIT:                                                                           
   DIAGNOSTIC MESSAGE                                     ERROR LEVEL           
   NON-NUMERIC                                            CRITICAL              
        SPA  <                                                                  
   SQUARE FEET MUST BE > 0                                CRITICAL              
        SPA  <                                                                  
   FREQUENCY COUNTS WILL BE PERFORMED ON                  FREQUENCY             
        SPA  <                                                                  



CODING INSTRUCTIONS:                                                            
   For buildings:                                                               
   see instructions below for coding gross area. (page 27 of the                
   "Postsecondary Education Facilities Inventory and Classification             
   Manual", 1992).  Round to nearest whole square foot.                         
   1. Definition - the sum of all areas on all floors of a building             
   included within the outside faces of its exterior walls,                     
   including floor penetration areas, however insignificant, for                
   circulation and shaft areas that connect one floor to another.               
   2. Basis for measurement - gross area is computed by physicallly             
   measuring or scaling measurements from the outside faces of                  
   exterior walls disregarding cornices, pilasters, buttresses,                 
   etc., which extend beyond the wall faces.  Exclude areas                     
   having less than a six-foot, six-inch clear ceiling height                   
   unless the criteria of a separate structure are met.                         
   3. Description - in addition to all the internal floored spaces              
   obviously covered above, gross area should include the                       
   following: excavated basement areas; mezzanines, penthouses,                 
   and attics; garages; enclosed porches, inner or outer                        
   balconies whether walled or not, if they are utilized for                    
   operational functions; and corridors whether walled or not,                  
   provided they are within the outside face lines of the                       
   building, to the extent of the roof drip line.  The footprints               
   of stairways, elevator shafts, and ducts (examples of building               
   infrastructure) are to be counted as gross area on each floor                
   through which they pass.                                                     
   4. Limitations - exclude open areas such as parking lots, playing            
   fields, courts, and light wells, or portions of upper floors                 
   eliminated by rooms or lobbies that rise above single-floor                  
   ceiling height.                                                              
   5.  Exception - include top, unroofed floor of parking structures            
   where parking is available.                                                  
   Note - no covered walkway gross square feet should be included               
   in building gross square feet except that portion which                      
   falls beneath building roof overhang.                                        
   For Covered Walkways:                                                        
   Gross square footage should be reported for covered                          
   walkways supporting university buildings.  This square                       
   footage must exclude any portion of covered walkways                         
   already included and reported as a part of building                          
   gross square feet.                                                           



DATABASE INFORMATION:                                                           
   PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 9(7)                                                   
   COLUMN NAME:          BLDG_GROSS_SQ_FT                                       
   SHORT NAME:           BLDGGSF                                                



CREATE-CHANGE DATE:  04/25/07                                                   



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