Adaptive Reuse in Northampton, MA at U-Haul of Northampton

Building History

Texaco, originally named The Texas Company, was founded in 1902. An abbreviated telegram name, Texaco, eventually was popularized for marketing purposes and an Italian refinery worker helped develop the iconic five-pointed star logo with a green ‘T’ and an Italian flag inspired color pattern. Texaco actually became the first U.S. oil company to sell gasoline nationwide under a unified brand name in 1928. In the following years, Texaco would have several acquisitions and began marketing higher quality oil and higher-octane gasoline products such as: Havoline Motor Oil, Fire Chief Gasoline and Sky Chief gasoline. In the 1930's, Texaco fell under intense scrutiny for their chairman, Torkild Rieber, who used company resources to bolster his political affiliations. These actions ultimately led to his resignation in 1940. However, under new management, Texaco continued to grow, merge and make deals with different organizations and companies. The Texaco hit line of products began to be rebranded in the 1980’s when the Fire Chief gas was changed tTexaco Regular and the Sky Chief was rebranded to Texaco Super Unleaded.  

For many years, Texaco continued to be a part of joint ventures, mergers and interest sharing with ShellChevron, and a number of other companies throughout the early 2000’s. In 2002, Texaco was officially procured by the Chevron Corporation, but many Texaco branded gas stations still exist around North America. The Chevron-Texaco merger has allowed Chevron to become the 2nd largest U.S. based energy corporation. Among their popular rands are Havoline, Texaco, UrsaTechron, Chevron and Delo

The Texaco building on 227 North King street. was built in 1948 and U-Haul acquired the property in 1975. 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 1975, 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: 

  • 34,9 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented 
  • 530 tons of new concrete pours avoided 
  • 564,9 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 Northampton community: 

  • 6,899 kWh annual energy savings 
  • 357,701 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 34 tons (31 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 6 899 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 530 tons (481 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 357 701 lbs (162 252 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 564 lbs (512 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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