Adaptive Reuse in Detroit, MI at U-Haul Moving & Storage of New Center

Serving U-Haul customers since 2012, this facility was built through Adaptive Reuse of an abandoned building.

Building History

Detroit was once an engine of growth for the entire country; essential to American mobility. The American auto industry, coupled with the development of the interstate highway system and the birth of the do-it-yourself moving industry created by U-Haul, helped fuel the American dream, making it possible for Americans to move to a better way of life. Detroit has built the cars that customers have used to tow our trailers since 1945. It is only appropriate that U-Haul step up. While other businesses leave, U-Haul will not abandon Detroit. U-Haul centers and neighborhood dealerships in the Detroit metro area provide needed jobs, goods and services to the community. Once such neighborhood center is U-Haul Moving and Storage of New Center on Baltimore Street in Detroit. Formerly known as the home of the National Biscuit Company (NBC), the U-Haul renovation to this abandoned 1920 landmark building reused as and recycled materials where feasible while installing new sustainable design features where possible.

Environmental Impact

Serving U-Haul customers since 2012, this facility was built through Adaptive Reuse of an abandoned building to help revitalize the city of Detroit. Adaptive Reuse promotes infill development in an effort to strengthen communities, with the following benefits achieved at this site:

  • 83 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 81,144.7 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 81,558.6 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 Detroit community:

  • 151,576 gallons annual rainwater runoff avoided
  • 33,352,748 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented


  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 83 tons (75 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 0 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 81,145 tons (73,634 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 33,352,748 lbs (15,128,707 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 81,559 lbs (74,010 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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