Adaptive Reuse in Colmar, PA at U-Haul Storage of Bethlehem Pike

Building History

In 1919, Morris Milstein founded The Circle Company which specialized in selling and installing top of the line flooring. The Circle Company grew steadily over time and would soon be the go-to contractor to lay hardwood floors and carpeting in iconic buildings such as the Madison Square Garden, World Trade Center, Lincoln Center, the United Nations buildings, La Guardia Airport and Rockefeller Center. Paul Milstein later inherited his father's company and would sell the business in 1968. It was at this time, that the business became a subsidiary of the National Kinney Corporation. The Milstein Carpet building in Colmar was built in 1973 and U-Haul proudly acquired the building in 1994. 

Environmental Impact

Serving U-Haul customers since 1994, 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:

  • 177 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 2,204 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 2,381 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 Colmar community:

  • 73,834 kWh annual energy savings
  • 1,638,765 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 177 tons (161 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 73,834 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 2,204 tons (2,000 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 1,638,765 lbs (743,339 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 2,381 lbs (2,161 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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