The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) categorizes office space into three categories: Class A, Class B, and Class C.
What Is Class A Office Space?
Class A office buildings are defined by BOMA as possessing the “most prestigious buildings competing for premier office users with rents above average for the area.” Class A buildings are constructed with high-quality standard finishes like travertine flooring and quartz counters, state-of-the-art systems with the best technology, exceptional accessibility, and a definite market presence.
How Class B and C Office Space Differs
Class B office buildings target the majority of the average rental cost market. Class B has adequate systems and finishes that are “fair to good for the area.” Class B is in contrast to Class A which has the highest-quality finishes and systems. Class C buildings target tenants who simply need functional space at rental costs below the average rent in the area.
Common Characteristics of Class A Office Space
Class A constructed buildings often require millworkers who can do custom finishes including glass, hardwood veneer, and specialty stone cutting. These buildings often have onsite security as well. Due to the higher standard of finishes and maintenance, rent in Class A buildings tends to be higher. Class A buildings are stand-alone, meaning they are not connected to an anchor store like a big-chain grocery or mall anchor store.
Building amenities in Class A buildings are helpful for the employees or tenants in the building. For example, Class A buildings may have food facilities, copy stations, postal services, fitness centers, or even child care facilities. The amenities are based on the location of the building both within the US and within its respective city.
Services and Accessibility
Services that are available to all buildings within a certain market, like access to the subway, are usually reflected in the quality and location of the office market. Therefore, the class of the building is not necessarily dependent on accessibility or services but rather the uniqueness of having that service or access compared to other buildings in the area.
Featured Class A Office Space Project
Coggins International, Atlanta, GA
Coggins International is a top automation, IT services, and training company. Coggins has a breadth of experience designing, implementing, deploying, and supporting automation systems around the world – often in challenging and sometimes dangerous environments.
Because of the high complexity of their work, the security and demands of their customers, and providing the highest-quality experience, Coggins needed a Class A Suite for their Atlanta Office. With Buildrite Construction’s help, Coggins constructed a top-tier Class A suite which, in addition to housing the Chairman, CEO, and President of the firm, included training rooms for the Army, Navy, Airforce, and Marines on the fueling software that Coggins produces. Buildrite worked at the highest level of efficiency and standards in its project for Coggins.