Adaptive Reuse in Albany, NY at U-Haul Moving & Storage of Albany

Allan Yang - Chief Sustainability Scientist

Building History

With its origins in the late 18th century, The Albany Hardware and Iron Company was a one-stop shop with products ranging from food choppers to firearms. In 1926, this building was opened to account for a growing demand in products. This ornate building was the main warehouse for all of Albany. In 1967, The Albany Hardware Company was dissolved and all assets were sold off including this building. In 1978, U-Haul acquired the building to provide safe and secure storage, U-Box storage, retail and truck and trailer sharing. 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:

  • 7 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 22,769 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 22,867 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 downtown Albany community:

  • 259,451 kWh annual energy savings
  • 9,372,278 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 7 tons of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 259451 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 22769.3 tons of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 9372278 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 22867 tons of construction debris prevented