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Historic City Looks to the Future

Accessibility, security, dignity and sustainability for the citizens of Lowell and Massachusetts

Lowell Justice Center

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Lowell, Massachusetts

Located within the Lowell National Historic Park, this new Justice Center forms the cornerstone of Lowell’s Hamilton Canal District development master plan. The project was the largest of three pilot studies for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM)s ZNE initiatives. The courthouse is designed to use 40% the energy of a typical facility. A tight building envelope, coupled with glazing that maximizes daylighting, chilled beams and displacement ventilation, and photo-voltaic panels; are some of the many sustainable features. Lowell Justice Center has just been awarded LEED Platinum and is the first courthouse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to receive this certification!

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Size
246,000 SF
Scope
New Construction
Program
Courtrooms, Judicial Suites, Clerk + Probation Areas, Detainee Areas, Registry of Deeds and Public Lobbies
Sustainability
LEED Platinum
Awards
ACEC Silver Award Honoring Outstanding Professional Design Excellence for ZNE Study
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“Once opening day goes by and the full season starts it’s going to be cool. I think people are going to be very happy about being here.”
Michael Sullivan, Middlesex County Clerk of Courts, in the Lowell Sun Times

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Public art enlivens the lobby’s two-story glazed wall. Designed by artist Martin Donlin, the glass mural features symbols of justice, recalls the historic “mill girls,” and Lowell’s new industries. Messages in four languages speak to the diverse origins of Lowell's residents.

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“It’s beautiful!”
Ken Davis, Chief Court Officer, in the Lowell Sun Times