The United Teen Equality Center in Lowell was established to serve the young people of Lowell, providing them with the necessary tools for success. Through a number of programs, including intensive street outreach and gang peacemaking, UTEC helps students resume or continue their education and develop skills through their workforce development programs. UTEC is nationally recognized as a model youth development agency.
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UTEC also holds the distinction of being one of the oldest LEED certified buildings in the country. UTEC renovated the former St. Paul’s United Methodist Church building that was built in 1839 and was certified as LEED Platinum last November. The expansion of the building will allow UTEC to double the number of youths in their Workforce Development and Education programs.
There are 147 solar panels on the roof of the historic building and the project team also incorporated soy-based insulation in the basement. Other sustainability features include an electric car-charging station, solar chimney, passive cooling system, and natural daylighting.
The building will also have a youth-run café open to the public, serving locally-sourced food. It will also have a Green Resource Center with interactive displays.