Adaptive Reuse in San Bernardino, CA at U-Haul Moving & Storage of Tippecanoe

Building History

Mobility has always been an integral part of the American dream. Shortly after world war II ended, Germany attempted to resuscitate their auto industry by introducing german automobiles into other markets. Volkswagen sales were initially slower in the United States until Doyle Dane Bernbach launched a strategic marketing campaign to rebrand the Volkswagen cars as  “Beetles”. Over the next several years, VW became the top-selling auto import in the United States. After Volkswagen retired the San Bernardino building, U-Haul took it upon themselves to continue the legacy of mobility and transform the location into a truck sharing and self storage destination. U-Haul has been proudly serving customers at this location since 1979. The original dealership was built in 1960.

Environmental Impact

Serving U-Haul customers since 1979, this facility was built through adaptive reuse of an abandoned building. Adaptive Reuse promotes infill development in an effort to strengthen communities, with the following benefits achieved at this site: 

  • 209 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented 
  • 2,227 tons of new concrete pours avoided 
  • 2,468 tons of construction and demolition debris prevented 

Energy-efficiency and waste-reduction programs at this facility provide the following estimated benefits each year for the San Bernardino community: 

  • 19,064 kWh annual energy savings 
  • 1,747,649 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented 
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 209 tons (190 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 19,064 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 2,227 tons (2,021 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 1,747,649 lbs (792,728 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 2,468 lbs (2,240 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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