Adaptive Reuse in Amherst, NY at U-Haul at Niagara Falls Blvd

Building History

If you take a short trip down any road, you are more than likely going to pass a Shell fuel and service station. Shell Service Stations have been bringing quality gas and customer service to communities since 1912. Shell is viewed as one of the largest and most prolific oil and gas companies in the world. They merged with Texaco in 1997, which only accelerated their growth and reputation as the industry leader. The industry giant had humble beginnings going back to 1833 when a shopkeeper named Marcus Samuel decided to sell his antique business to pursue importing and exporting seashells, which were in high fashion at the time. His export and import business would soon expand from seashells to machinery, textiles, tools, rice, silk, sugar, wheat, flour and eventually oil when the first petrol powered internal combustion engines arrived in 1886. With the industrial revolution, the world would never be the same and communities would become reliant on gasoline to thrive. Shell built gas stations cross continentally to serve those communities.

U-Haul couldn't let such an iconic building, originally built in 1968,  fall into ruin, so the site was acquired in 1977. 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 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: 

  • 2 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented 
  • 198 tons of new concrete pours avoided 
  • 200 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 Amherst community: 

  • 6,467 kWh annual energy savings 
  • 91,469 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented 
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 2 tons (2 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 6,467 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 198 tons (180 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 91,469 lbs (41,490 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 200 lbs (181 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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