Adaptive Reuse in Westfield, MA at U-Haul Moving & Storage of Westfield

Allan Yang - Chief Sustainability Scientist

Building History

Pontiac, originally the Oakland Motor Car, was founded in 1907. The first Pontiac model made its debut as part of the Oakland line in the 1920s. The car, which featured a six-cylinder engine, was so popular that the "Oakland" was eventually dropped from the company name and Pontiac became a susbsidiary of GM with its own division by 1931. Pontiac was advertised as the performance division and was sold in the U.S. and Canada. Original body styles offered were a sedan with both two and four doors, a Landau Coupe, Sport Landau Sedan, Sport Cabriolet and Sport Roadster. The Pontiac brand had many new models and reitterations though the Bonneville was a popular highlight from the 1950's until 2005. Unfortunately, GM discontinued manufacturing and marketing vehicles under the Pontiac brand name by the end of 2010. The last Pontiac, a model called the G6, was created in 2010.The Springfield Pontiac location was built in 1955 and U-Haul acquired the building in 1983.

Environmental Impact

Serving U-Haul customers since 1983, 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:

  • 37 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 1,151 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 1,196 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 Westfield community:

  • 42,056 kWh annual energy savings
  • 635,700 lbs greenhouse gas emissions prevented
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 37 tons of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 42056 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 1151 tons of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 635700 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 1196 tons of construction debris prevented