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For whatever it's worth, here is an opinion from another building official:

You did not indicate what occupant load you are considering that is not 
realistic. But I would start by considering mercantile (store) occupancy 
which gives you 30 square feet per occupant for the entire area.

Another approach may be to use garage occupancy (200 sq. ft/occ.) for the 
areas where autos are located and use assembly (exhibit room, 15 sq. 
ft/occ.)occupancy for the areas where people are going to be gathering.

If you ask the building official and he/she is willing to contact ICBO, there 
will be no charge for the interpretation.

Ben Yousefi, SE
San Jose, CA