Event Rentals

Overview

About Event Rentals

UTEC has an amazing, historic building with multiple spaces available to be rented to the community. After an ambitious renovation, finished in 2012, UTEC is now the oldest LEED Platinum Certified building in the world. With a mix of original architecture and modern amenities, our variety of event spaces are sure to impress your guests.

 

Tours by appointment only. Out of respect for our programming schedule, please no walk-ins. You can schedule a tour by contacting [email protected]

Event Spaces

The Main Hall

Large Conference Room / Dance Studio

Board Room

Cafe

The Main Function Hall is the largest of our rentable spaces. This beautiful hall, formerly used by St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, was built in 1839 and still features beautiful historical details. Renovated in 2012, it easily converts from casual to formal, and is ideal for weddings, receptions, fundraisers, birthday parties, concerts, lectures, film screenings, and much more. This versatile space can also be used as a gym, with (re)movable basketball hoops and plenty of space to move around.

The total capacity of the room is up to 300 people, with the exact number dependent on the type of event and preferred set-up. Our event staff can advise on the best seating arrangement for your function, whether 30 people or 200.

Highlights:

  • Massive drop-down screen, projector, and full AV system
  • Four tracks of theater lighting
  • 30 foot cathedral ceiling with historic architectural detail
  • Two majestic red-carpeted mezzanines
  • Original staircases – perfect for a grand entrance!
  • Large dry erase wall to use as you choose

Our Dance Studio / Large Conference room is a truly adaptable space. With floor-to-ceiling mirrors on one side, sprung wood floors, and a user-friendly sound and AV system, it easily accommodates all types of dance and fitness groups. It also makes a unique meeting space, easily accommodating meetings, corporate gatherings, private dinners, weekend brunches, mixers, and more.

The total capacity of the room is up to 40 seated at tables or 75 theater-style, with the exact number dependent on the type of event and preferred set-up. Our event staff can advise on the best seating arrangement for your function.

Highlights:

  • AV system including large wall-mounted monitor
  • Wireless internet
  • Beautiful natural light
  • Sliding glass interior windows overlooking indoor atrium with historic stained glass 
  • Sprung-wood floor
  • Full wall of mirrors

The Board Room is ideal for meetings, workshops, classes, and other small gatherings. The room is quiet and private, and rentals can take place even during our busiest programming hours without being impacted by activity elsewhere in the building.

The total capacity of the room is up to 20 people, with the exact number dependent on the preferred set-up. Our event staff can advise on the best seating arrangement for your function or meeting.

Highlights:

  • Full AV system, including large-screen wall-mounted monitor
  • Wireless internet
  • Large dry-erase wall
  • Conference room tables built by UTEC’s woodshop
  • Windows overlooking downtown Lowell
  • Elevator access

Our beautiful and colorful café offers a versatile space for many types of corporate and private events: mixers, dinners, brunches, cocktail parties, showers, birthdays and more. It has a private entrance from the street and rental includes use of the adjacent indoor courtyard and outdoor patio. 

The total capacity of the room is up to 70 seated (using the courtyard as well) and up to 100 people cocktail party style, with the exact number dependent on the type of event and preferred set-up. Our event staff can advise on the best seating arrangement for your function.

Highlights:

  • Wall art and imagery featuring UTEC’s work and mission.
  • Separate direct entrance from the street
  • Cafe tables and bar built by UTEC youth
  • Option to clear cafe furnishings and set up more formally
  • Adjacent to full catering kitchen
  • Original slate tiles from church roof repurposed as cafe wall
  • 1800s church flooring repurposed as cafe counter siding
  • AV system including large wall-mounted monitor
  • Wireless internet
  • Adjacent indoor courtyard with striking 3-story staircase
  • Original stained glass windows in courtyard

Catering

Please note that we currently have very limited capacity to take on catering for events hosted at UTEC, because we have pivoted our culinary businesses to work on emergency food distribution. Since  July 2020, we have delivered over 200,000 meals to those most in need. That work keeps our team busy! We do allow outside caterers (and always have, but especially now!). Please contact us for more information or recommendations.

FAQ

What is UTEC?

UTEC, founded in 1999 and based in Lowell, was the result of an organizing movement driven by young people to develop their own teen center in response to gang violence. UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young adults to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. After an ambitious renovation, finished in 2012, UTEC is now the oldest LEED Platinum Certified building (the former church was built in 1839!) in the world. With a mix of original architecture and modern amenities, our event spaces are sure to impress your guests.

What is your building’s capacity?

With four unique rent-able spaces, we are equipped to handle groups from 5 – 200 with equal ease.

Can I serve alcohol?

Yes. UTEC requires that you use a licensed and insured bartender. For private events with an open bar, no temporary permit is required. For public/ticketed events or those with a cash bar, a one-day permit from the City of Lowell is required. We can advise on the steps necessary; it’s easy and potential revenue from drink sales make the effort and fee well worth it for fundraisers, etc.

Do you have a parking lot?

UTEC is in the heart of downtown and we do not have a parking lot. We have convenient loading/unloading spots for vendors, and can reserve spots for up to two cars. There is a large city parking garage with very affordable rates less than one block away. There is also nearby street parking, which is free evenings Monday – Saturday, and all day Sunday.

Do you have in-house catering?

We do! Visit the Food section of this website for more information.

Can I bring in my own caterer?

UTEC would love to cater your wedding, and we also acknowledge our limits. While we’d appreciate the opportunity to create a menu and proposal, we do welcome outside caterers if your needs or budget can’t be met in-house.

Can I have my bridal or engagement shoot at UTEC?

Yes! Time for bridal and/or engagement photos is included in all wedding packages. If you’re not getting married at UTEC but want to take photos in our building, we’d be happy to schedule time to do so – just let us know!

Will I be able to have my rehearsal there?

Yes! The rental package does include an hour for your rehearsal. This should be limited to bridal party and immediate family, please! You can coordinate the best time with our Events Manager.

Is my rental payment tax-deductible?

Sorry, it is not. While Facility Rental revenue helps support UTEC’s programs and mission, and also helps to provide employment for our program participants, renters do receive services in exchange for this payment. For this reason, it is not tax-deductible. Should you choose to make an additional donation, it would of course be considered tax-deductible and you would receive appropriate acknowledgement.

When does music have to end?

Music must end by 12:00AM at the latest, and bar service by midnight.

Does UTEC have tables and chairs? Linens?

UTEC does have enough round banquet tables and black banquet chairs to seat 200 people. We also have both 6-foot and 8-foot buffet tables, and a number of smaller tables. Our Event Manager can recommend sources for the rental of additional furnishings you may need that we do not have in-house like linens, napkins, and chair covers.

Will I need a wedding coordinator?

UTEC’s Event Managers are available to help with limited coordination, including vendor recommendations and on-site appointments, logistical help, and consultation on layout and general event timing. Our Event Managers also have other responsibilities and at times manage multiple events per week, and therefore unfortunately do not have the time to be 100% available for each event’s planning process. On the day-of your wedding, at least one Event Manager and additional staff will be present to help with any venue needs and oversee catering service (if UTEC is catering). A professional wedding coordinator is recommended for weddings requiring vendor negotiations, detailed timelines, and day-of decorating help (beyond table/chair set-up, which we manage). A coordinator is always recommended for events with over 150 guests.

Can I decorate the venue?

Yes! All of our spaces look beautiful as is, but are also neutral enough to accommodate your own wedding colors and decor. We do not allow installations that cause damage to the walls, ceiling, or floors. No duct tape, nails, or staples please!

What’s the next step?

Please contact our Events Team at [email protected] or 978-596-1487 to schedule a tour of the facility. At the time of booking, we require a deposit equal to 25% of the rental or package fee.

What type of weddings are suited to UTEC?

Our unique and historic building is perfect for everything from casual DIY weddings to more formal receptions. Our Main Hall transforms to fit your style and decor. With smaller spaces also available, there are options for smaller receptions, cocktail parties and ceremonies, as well.

Is UTEC handicapped accessible?

Yes, we have ramp access to our business and Cafe entrances and an elevator to the 2nd and 3rd floors. There is a handicap accessible restroom on each floor.

How many restrooms do you have?

There are 6 restrooms available for event use– two restrooms in the Cafe on the first floor (one of which has a baby changing station), two restrooms on the second floor and two restrooms on the third floor.

Is there space for me to get ready?

UTEC has a board room (on the 3rd floor, while activity would be on the 1st and 2nd floor) which can be used as a dressing room.

Does UTEC have air conditioning?

There is only air conditioning in our Cafe (and in our new event and meeting space – the Hub at 15 Warren). Our LEED Platinum Certified building includes a “Big Ass Fan” in our Main Function Hall and a passive cooling system, which uses mechanical vents through the old church steeple to push out warm air and push down cool air. Past events in summer months have been comfortable, but please contact us if you have any concerns.

Contact Us

[email protected]

978-596-1487

35 Warren St. Lowell, MA 01852