Adaptive Reuse in Springfield, OH at U-Haul Moving & Storage of W Columbia Schoolhouse

Building History

The Bushnell Elementary school building was built in 1923 and U-Haul acquired the beautiful brick building in 1980. It is likely that the building was named in honor of Asa Smith Bushnell, two term influential Ohio governor and attorney. Bushnell famously served as the 40th Governor of Ohio though he also served as the president of the Warder, Bushnell and Glessner Company, the president of the Springfield Gas Company and the president of the First National Bank of Springfield. 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 1980, 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:

  • 701 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 4,052 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 4,783 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 Springfield community:

  • 78,910 kWh annual energy savings
  • 4,487,194  lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 701 tons (636 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 78,910 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 4,052 tons (3,677 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 4,487,194 lbs (2,035,378 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 4,783 lbs (4,340 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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