Adaptive Reuse in Morrow, GA at U-Haul Moving & Storage at South Lake

Building History

In 1971,Robert D. Walter founded Cardinal Foods, which originally specialized in wholesaling food products. In 1979, Cardinal Foods acquired the Bailey Drug Company and refocused on wholesaling drugs under the name Cardinal Distribution. Beginning in 1983 the company experienced a long line of mergers and acquisitions. The name finally changed to Cardinal Health in 1994 and the company achieved steady high earnings and growth. Cardinal health is currently headquartered in Dublin, Ohio and has a primary focus on distributing pharmaceuticals and other medical products. They are known for currently supplying about 75% of medical supplies to hospitals in the United States. Cardinal Health has earned the title of a Fortune Global 500 health care services company.

The Cardinal Health building was built in 1973 and U-Haul was fortunate to acquire the building in 2016. 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 2016, 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:

  • 1,079 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 5,115 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 6,288 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 Morrow community:

  • 6,389,667 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 1,079 tons (979 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 0 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 5,115 tons (4,642 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 6,389,667 lbs (2,898,334 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 6,288 lbs (5,706 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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