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Old 02-22-2018, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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To point out the obvious, there is also zoning and plan approval within the master plan of a community.
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Old 02-22-2018, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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To point out the obvious, there is also zoning and plan approval within the master plan of a community.
I'm leaving that in the Assumed column, but there is still the question of why three nearly-touching buildings with a common ground infrastructure is okay, but one consolidated building of the same size and footprint is not.

Outside of vague esthetic and NIMBY issues, fire and emergency control seems like a valid point.
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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They may also be planning to subdivide at some future point.
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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They may also be planning to subdivide at some future point.
...as in sell the buildings as separate entities? Not quite sure how the term applies otherwise. And yes, on a small scale that happens often. We had an office that shared about one half of a giant bungalow, amid about 20 others in the same complex. There were at least ten different owners of the buildings even though the complex was originally built, owned and leased by one company.
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Old 02-22-2018, 02:49 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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They may also be planning to subdivide at some future point.
When Nokia was booming 10 years ago they took over a 4 building campus here in DFW. They have shrunk now down to 1 building and the other 3 have other tenants. Flexibility would be huge.
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Old 02-22-2018, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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When Nokia was booming 10 years ago they took over a 4 building campus here in DFW. They have shrunk now down to 1 building and the other 3 have other tenants. Flexibility would be huge.
That seems to be the right general answer... flexibility. In several ways.

Thanks, all.
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:11 PM
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Smaller buildings would appeal to companies that don't want to inhabit a monolith. Think of the difference between a big box department store and a street of small stores. Many companies would not want to be in a huge building, mixed in with all kinds of other businesses, and prefer a more "boutique" feel.
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Smaller buildings would appeal to companies that don't want to inhabit a monolith. Think of the difference between a big box department store and a street of small stores. Many companies would not want to be in a huge building, mixed in with all kinds of other businesses, and prefer a more "boutique" feel.
I can see that, but these are typically 35-50 tenant buildings anyway. Nothing very boutique-y about being on the 10th floor with six other businesses. (At least, not when it's 10 out of 12 floors instead of 10 out of 30...)

Might be valid for much smaller buildings, where medical firms could cluster in one, insurance/finance in another, etc.
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:36 AM
 
Location: California
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I can't think of an upside to one giant building vs 3 smaller identical ones.
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Old 02-23-2018, 06:08 AM
 
Location: NC
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The effect of wind force is another consideration. The pressure on a building can be huge, and "splitting" one structure into more than one gives the wind somewhere to go. Light is also a factor since one structure leads to large shaded areas nextdoor while with vertical breaks (multiple buildings) some sunlight can at least move through in the course of a day.
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