Adaptive Reuse in Youngstown, OH at U-Haul Moving & Storage of Youngstown

Allan Yang - Chief Sustainability Scientist

Building History

You may know them best for their iconic slogan, “What would you do for a Klondike Bar?”. Isaly’s, the purveyors of fresh deli meats and fine cheeses and the creators of the Original Klondike Bar, was founded in 1902 as the Mansfield Pure Milk Company by William E. Isaly. Under his direction the company expanded throughout Ohio to Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In order to meet a growing demand, the Isaly family commissioned the expansion of small factory in Youngstown, Ohio. They hired architects Charles F. Owsley to design the exterior and Clyde “Shooey” Schuemacher to design the interior. The final result was an Art Deco and Art Modern-styled factory that featured tan and green terra cotta and a central glass block tower that was lit with fluorescent tubes. The interior boasted a dairy themed mural in the lobby, an auditorium, offices for the Isaly family, and a penthouse apartment. In 1969, in an effort to improve efficiency, factory production was moved to Pittsburgh. The once bustling factory was acquired by U-Haul in 1987. 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 1987, 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:

  • 608 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 10,769 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 11,433 tons of construction and demolition debris prevented

Efficiency and waste-reduction programs at this facility provide the following estimated benefits each year for this Youngstown community:

  • 6,789,807 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 608 tons of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 0 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 10768.8 tons of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 6789807 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 11433.45 tons of construction debris prevented