Story posted January 29, 2010
The Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness, which opened to students, faculty, staff and the wider Bowdoin community this fall, was officially dedicated January 28, 2010.
Remarks from President Barry Mills and Dr. Peter Buck '52, H'08 followed words of welcome from Board of Trustees Chair Peter Small '64 at the ceremony in Main Lounge, Moulton Union.
The Buck Center houses state-of-the-art exercise equipment including cardiovascular, rowing, and weight machines and free weights, as well as exercise rooms for a variety of fitness and wellness classes such as spinning, Pilates, aerobics, circuit training, yoga and dance.
The Center also contains a three-story interior climbing wall, which the Bowdoin Outing Club and others use for bouldering and rope climbing training.
The building has earned coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.
LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. Water use, energy performance, indoor air quality, and sustainable materials are a few of the key components that are taken into consideration.
The Buck Center contains several green performance elements, including energy-efficient lighting and water fixtures, certified wood, and eco-friendly furniture and carpeting, as well as water-efficient landscaping.
The College's Department of Health Services and athletic department offices all are now headquartered in the Buck Center, which also provides flexible classroom and meeting space to accommodate up to 40 people.
The Buck Center was designed by Cambridge Seven Associates of Cambridge, Mass., and the construction was coordinated by Barr & Barr of Framingham, Mass.
About Peter Buck
Dr. Peter Buck '52, H'08, is a nuclear physicist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur who co-founded the Subway franchise restaurant chain.
Born in South Portland, Maine, Buck earned master's and doctoral degrees in physics at Columbia University.
From 1957 to 1978 he held positions as a nuclear physicist with several companies.
In 1965 he made entrepreneurial history when he loaned a 17-year-old family friend $1,000 to open the first Subway Sandwiches and Salads Shop.
This endeavor grew to two stores the next year, 16 shops by 1973, and individual franchise sales by the mid-1970s.
As of January 2010, there were 32,311 Subway restaurants in 90 countries.
Buck, who now lives in Danbury, Conn., was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree by the College in 2008.