Adaptive Reuse in Portland, OR at U-Haul Moving & Storage at Columbia

Building History


The Coast Packing Company was founded in 1922 by three partners who originally desired to get into the livestock and meat production industry. The company processed selections of pork, beef and smoked animal products. Unfurtunately, the company was imapcted by the economic downturn in the 1960's and profitability suffered. Upper management elected to to remain in the animal processing industry, but altered the company to focus on the processing of animal shortening products. The company survived the reconfiguring and has thrived to become one of the largest animal and animal-vegetable shortening manufacturers in the southwestern United States. The Coast Packing Company building was built in 1967 and U-Haul acquired the building in 2016.

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:

  • 1,428 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 4,761 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 6,268 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 Portland community:

  • 7,643,979 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 1,428 tons (1,296 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 0 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 4,761 tons (4,320 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 7,643,979 lbs (3,467,286 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 6,268 lbs (5,688 kgs) of construction debris prevented