Adaptive Reuse in Portland, ME at U-Haul Moving & Storage at Rte 295

Building History

The Portland Motor Sales' iconic mid century modern building once hosted Maine’s largest Ford dealer when it opened in 1963. The Ford Dealership advertised courteous salesman selling the classic Ford Falcons, Galaxies, Thunderbirds and Fairlanes of the time. The unique folded roof is now seen as a character defining feature that has made the building one of the most well-known Mid-Century Modern buildings in all of Portland. The Portland Motor Sales building was built in 1963 and U-Haul was proud to acquire the iconic building in 2002. 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 2002, 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:

  • 2,077 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 2,109 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 Portland community:

  • 54,168 kWh annual energy savings
  • 868,464 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 0 tons (0 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 54,168 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 2,077 tons (1,885 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 868,464 lbs (393,933 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 2,109 lbs (1,914 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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