Adaptive Reuse in Oklahoma City, OK at U-Haul at 39th Expressway

Building History

There are iconic gas stations that are uniquely nostalgic to many Americans and DX brand is one of those chains of gas stations. In 1968, Sun Oil Co. merged with Sunray DX Oil Co. and began marketing petroleum gasoline under the DX brand name in a few midwestern states. Sunray DX-Oil Company would famously patent an upper-cylinder lubricant which was added to their gasoline and then given the iconic brand name "D-X" and "D-X Lubricating Motor Fuel". Sun Oil Co. continued marketing D-X gasoline using both the Sunoco and DX brands all the way into the 1980s. Not wanting to let such an iconic gas station fall into ruins, U-haul acquired the historic property in 1977. This particular DX station was originally built in 1958. U-Haul has also acquired and saved many more abandoned DX stations across the country.

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:

  • 14 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 672 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 689.4 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 Kansas City community:

  • 16,740 kWh annual energy savings
  • 336,605 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 14 tons (13 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 16,740 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 672 tons (610 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 336,605 lbs (152,683 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 689 lbs (626 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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