Adaptive Reuse in Greensboro, NC at U-Haul Moving & Storage of Glenwood

Building History

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, also known as A&P, was an iconic American chain of grocery stores. A&P was easily the largest grocery retailer in the United States between 1915 and 1975. A&P was once so prolific that they could easily be compared to retail icons such as Walmart. A&P focused their innovation on significantly improving nutritional habits of their shoppers by increasing the assortment of food products at traditionally lower costs. In 1930, A&P was the world's largest retailer and reached $2.9 billion in sales with 16,000 stores. Maintaining the spirit of innovation, they introduced the self-serve supermarket concept in 1936 and opened 4,000 larger stores. In November of 2015, the chain eventually ceased all supermarket operations. U-Haul acquired the A&P building in 1978. 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 1978, 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:

  • 120 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 2,201 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 3,223 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 Greensboro community:

  • 5,894 kWh annual energy savings
  • 1,377,670 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 120 tons (109 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 5,894 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 2,201 tons (1,997 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 1,377,670 lbs (624,907 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 3,223 lbs (2,925 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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