Postsecondary Education

NCES 2006-160
May 2006

3.2.4 Building Service Area

(See figure 3-4 below)

  1. Definition. The sum of all areas on all floors of a building used for custodial supplies, janitorial sink rooms, janitorial closets, and public rest rooms. (Note: Building Service Area includes all areas previously classified as Custodial Area in the pre-1992 FICM, and public rest rooms previously classified as mechanical area in the pre-1992 FICM).
  2. Basis for Measurement. Building Service Area is computed by physically measuring or scaling measurements from the inside faces of surfaces that form boundaries of the designated areas. Exclude areas having less than a 3-foot clear ceiling height unless the criteria of a separate structure are met.
  3. Description. Included should be janitor closets or similarly small custodial spaces, maintenance material storage areas, trash rooms exclusively devoted to the storage of nonhazardous waste created by the building occupants as a whole, and public rest rooms.
  4. Limitations. Deductions should not be made for necessary building columns and minor projections. These small areas are excluded as they represent an insignificant percentage of the total area of an average-sized space. Capturing their area would be unduly burdensome relative to the very small contribution they would make toward precision. Assignable areas classified as Shop (720), Central Storage (730), Central Supplies (870), or special purpose storage or maintenance rooms such as linen closets and housekeeping rooms in residence halls should not be included. Do not include private rest rooms that should be classified as Office Service (315).

Figure 3-4. Building Service Area of a building by floor

Figure 3-4. Building Service Area of a building by floor