On November 13 The U.S. Green Building Council officially confirmed that the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell, MA achieved LEED Platinum certification, making it the oldest building in the country to achieve such a level of certification. 147 rooftop solar panels, an electric car charging station, passive cooling system, and soy-based insulation are a few design elements that contribute to its LEED Platinum Certification.
The announcement came just in time for the UTEC Grand Opening ceremony where UTEC teens, staff, CBT design team members, and Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick celebrated the opening with tours of the space and a honorary dinner.
CBT redesigned an 1839 Meeting House into a highly energy efficient community that offers a gymnasium, fitness center, video production suite, dance studio and a youth-run café that’s available to the public. The non-profit that strives to empower and connect Lowell’s youth now has a space befitting their mission, a dream for UTEC since first opening their doors in 1999.