UTEC’s LEED Platinum building (at 35 Warren Street) has been selected by Preservation Massachusetts as one of their 29th Annual Tsongas Award recipients. Awarded for “Best Building Programming,” UTEC is one of 22 award recipients from across the state demonstrating the award theme, The Power of Preservation, and were selected earlier this year through a strenuous nomination process.
As stated in the official release from Preservation Massachusetts, “each project, along with their team, demonstrates what preservation brings to our communities and our lives. They range in use from housing to educational facilities, to health care and community service, and show that preservation is a tool that utilizes the past to make a better future.”
“Preservation is about more than just a building,” says Jim Igoe, president of Preservation Massachusetts, “it is about relationships, making the old new and relevant again, recycling, up-cycling and sustainability, breathing life back into our community centers and neighborhoods, providing services, and activating appreciation and pride in the places we call home.”
The 2017 Paul & Niki Tsongas Awards were presented on May 10th at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in downtown Boston. The event attracted some 500 attendees from the preservation, development, finance, construction, architecture, consulting and advocacy communities, and proceeds went directly to support the programs and advocacy work of Preservation Massachusetts.
Since 1988, this award is the highest honor given by the state’s historic preservation advocacy organization and was named for its first recipient, Senator Paul Tsongas. In 2016 the award was renamed to include Congresswoman Niki Tsongas for her support of preservation.
At UTEC we are proud of our historic building and honored to have received this award, made extra special since it’s named after two of Lowell’s greatest champions.
Source: Lowell Sun