Classes of Office Buildings In Raleigh NC

In dealing with Raleigh Commercial Real Estate and Raleigh Office Space, Office buildings are put into classes.  Buildings are said to be Class A, B, C or D.  There’s quite a bit of confusion about building classification because the same terms, Class A and Class B are used in two different ways:

Construction Type:  Class A office construction is considered to be 1960’s or later, and Class B to be pre-1960 construction or thereabouts.

The main differences in pre-1960 construction and post, have to do with construction methods as well as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning, or HVAC.  Prior to the 1960’s, most buildings were constructed with a lot of masonry and a central heating system, but no central air conditioning or ventilating system.  They typically offered operable windows for ventilation.  Since the 1960’s, most larger buildings are built out of steel and glass and almost all buildings, regardless of the construction materials, don’t have windows that can be opened.  Instead, they’re mechanically heated, ventilated and air-conditioned.

Quality of Maintenance/Operations:  Classes A, B, C and D are also used in subjective sense to describe the quality of the product, Class A being the best.

It is common to find a Class B construction building (pre-1960 construction) that is run in a Class A manner.  Conversely, brokers and tenants relegate some post-1960 construction to Class B, C or D building status because it fails to live up to its Class A status with respect to how it is run and maintained.  It is important for you to be able to accurately explain these definitions to people and find out what they truly expect.  If a tenant or buyer tells you they want a Class A office building, you need to ask the right questions to determine whether or not they mean the quality of operation or the construction type.