I am reviewing a submittal package as the owners representative and the EOR and I seem to be at odds over the enclosure classification. The proposed structure is a truck inspection canopy with partially open sides and ends(siding at the upper portions of the walls with open bottom). It is a pre-engineered metal building with some siding at both ends and sides, however there will not be a means to close the structure via overhead doors, etc. The EOR has submitted calculations that show that the area of openings don't exceed 80% of the gross area as well as area calculations to support that it is not partially enclosed and has therefore classified this as a enclosed building. Again, my argument is that because there is never a means for enclosing the building, how can it be classified anything other than open.
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