Buildings come in many shapes and sizes. Ranging from skyscrapers, plazas, and historical landmarks, they play a significant role in a city’s culture and history.

In Phoenix, Arizona, residents are committed to repurposing the buildings that are already a part of the skyline. Through an “adaptive-reuse program,” architects and business owners who want to bring new life to these structures can receive up to $4,500 in funding and permit fee waivers, according to the Arizona Republic.

“It’s great to get to reuse something already there and see older buildings get new life,” Brick and West Design founder Michael Rumpeltin told the source.

Phoenix’s adaptive-reuse project started in 2008 to encourage aspiring business owners to fill vacant spaces instead of building their storefronts. What started as a $100,000 initiative has significantly grown — Phoenix city officials received 48 adaptive-reuse applications in 2013.

Because many of the city’s original historic buildings were destroyed during an earlier urban-renewal phase, this green recycling initiative is intended to preserve what is left of Phoenix’s earlier beginnings. Restaurateur Lauren Bailey is a business owner who has benefited from the initiative. One of her restaurants, Federal Pizza, is housed in a former bank.

During construction, workers came across a large layer of steel, which was intended to protect the financial institution from robbers — it ended up becoming a large part of her eatery.

“Sometimes you peel back layers and find something really beautiful,” she added.

By going with the approach to reuse what is already readily available, business owners can save themselves thousands of dollars. Why not take it a step further, and fill the office space with lightly used quality office furniture? These remanufactured pieces can appeal to a variety of work environments and can be purchased at an affordable price point for business owners.