KELOWNA, British Columbia, April 28, 2017 /CNW/ -- U-Haul sustainability initiatives are being put to use in Kelowna with the adaptive reuse of the former Western Star Trucks plant.
U-Haul acquired the 253,296-square-foot plant, now U-Haul Moving & Storage at Orchard Park at 2076 Enterprise Way, on April 3. Extensive renovations will lead to more than 1,000 indoor self-storage units of varying sizes and affordable price points with high-tech safety features.
The store is currently offering truck and trailer rentals, moving supplies, towing equipment and U-Box portable moving and self-storage containers.
By reusing the former Western Star plant instead of building a new structure, U-Haul prevented 659 tons of metal manufacturing and transportation from being used; avoided 10,789 tons of new concrete pours; kept 11,640 tons of construction and demolition debris out of landfills; and stopped 3,475,111 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere.
"In 1967, White Motor Company started the Western Star division with this Kelowna plant," said Horace Martin, U-Haul Company of British Columbia president. "It is currently the second largest building in Kelowna and we are happy to make use of it."
Contact U-Haul Moving & Storage at Orchard Park at (250) 762-8306 or stop by to visit general manager Christina Turzanski and her team. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. every day. Reserve equipment at uhaul.com or contact Reservations at 1-800-GO-UHAUL.
The recent acquisition of the Kelowna facility was driven by U-Haul Company's Corporate Sustainability initiatives: U-Haul® supports infill developments to help local communities lower their carbon footprint. Our adaptive reuse of existing buildings reduces the amount of energy and resources required for new-construction materials and helps cities reduce their unwanted inventory of unused buildings.
Martin expects to utilize a staff of 20 or more Team Members when the facility is fully operational. U-Haul will look to hire locally to promote job growth within the Kelowna community. U-Haul always encourages local contractors to bid on construction work.
"Kelowna is one of the fastest growing cities in British Columbia," Martin said. "We are looking forward to serving the community and our customers with the best service possible."
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