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Sq Ft

Posted By Bryan Mixer, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Is there any difference between "SF" and "SQFT" ?  Both are used to abbreviate "Square Foot (or Square Feet)" in the industry, and some of us have undoubtedly seen both used in the same document.  Sometimes by the A, the E, and the C in AEC (as some have abbreviated our combined professions in the industry) on the same project.

Does it matter?  To me, no.  To some bosses (current and former), yes it matters.  To some clients, it matters.  It matters to the point if they see "SF" instead of "SQFT" they will go out of their way to find errors, some of which can be as minor as "you used a comma, don't you mean a semi-colon?" type of minor.  None of which ever affected the number(s).

So, as a Society, should it matter?  What say, you, the dues paying members?  Would having a written position have meaning?  Or do we collectively tell the nitpickers to get over the inconsequential and focus on the actual relevant things that will impact the estimate?


Debate now, and please us know which way the Society should be teaching the future.


Bryan Mixer, CPE

Standards Committee

Tags:  standards 

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Matthew Martin says...
Posted Monday, March 12, 2018
I don't believe there is a difference. I always stress to my my colleagues, superiors, and subordinates that consistency is what's important. When SF is used in one instance and SQFT is used in another, it leaves the document reviewer wondering what the difference is. Why create unnecessary confusion? Just choose one and stick with it!
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