Adaptive Reuse in Provo, UT at U-Haul Moving & Storage of Provo

Building History

Jay Boyd Smuin, a Utah native, and his brother Jack started a successful roller skating business which rented pairs of skates to church cultural halls throughout many small towns in Utah. With roller skating growing in pupularity, they eventually opened their first skating rink in Springville, UT, before World War II. During the war, they sustained their rental business by transitioning into a portable circus tent in the downtown Provo area. After the war ended, the brothers established the Riverside Rollerskating Rink and had many years of success in Provo. Illness and poor health lead the family to sell the business in 1975. U-Haul acquired the building 2 years later in 1977. Adaptive reuse building conversions allow U-Haul to promote infill development to meet citizens’ needs while preserving the natural resources and land normally required for new construction. Adaptive reuse also allows resources to be focused on integrating environmentally thoughtful features into the existing building rather than creating waste in the form of demolition and using valuable resources for new construction.

Environmental Impact

Serving U-Haul customers since 1977, 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:

  • 2 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 807 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 818 tons of construction and demolition debris prevented

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

  • 25,441 kWh annual energy savings
  • 336,799 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 2 tons (2 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 25,441 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 807 tons (732 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 336,799 lbs (152,771 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 818 lbs (742 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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