Two primary goals of a space program or Program for Design:
- A list of space, including the floor area of each space,
- The total project square feet of a future construction project for application of cost data towards projecting a project construction budget.
There are two methods to arrive at the total projected square feet for application of cost data towards projecting a project construction budget.
- One-step method - Net Square Feet to Building Gross Square Feet
- Defines project areas, and helps identify efficiencies in terms of construction type renovation/addition/new footprint/mechanical space/shell space/space without walls ("half spaces).
- Currently the DoD side of SEPS calculates Building Gross Square Feet using this method.
- Two-step method - Departmental Net Square Feet to Departmental Gross Square Feet to Building Gross Square Feet
- Define project areas and help identify efficiencies in terms of functional characteristic, relationships and adjacencies, and floor plan design.
- With version 2.0 VA-SEPS has been configured to calculate DGSF and BGSF with the two-step method.
Currently VA-SEPS calculates (BGSF) using this method.
- NSF x building conversion factor = BGSF
- Applies total project conversion factor to each room/space
- Define areas, and identify efficiencies in terms of construction type
- renovation/addition/new footprint/shell space/space without walls ("half" spaces)
- The SEPS user must adjust the net to gross conversion factor in the SEPS program to suit the construction type.
is the floor area between the walls of a room or defined space.
is the floor area within the boundaries of a functional department as define by a space planning criteria chapter, including floor area occupied by rooms/spaces, walls defining the spaces, and circulation corridors connecting the different rooms of the department.
is the floor area of the entire building or project, which includes floor area occupied by rooms/spaces, walls (interior and exterior), corridors, conveyances, mechanical/utility rooms, and shafts.
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