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Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness

Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness

In January 2010 the Fitness center was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification by the U. S. Green Building Council.  Some of the features of the building and the construction process that helped it achieve LEED Silver include:

Sustainable Sites

  • The amount of impervious area was reduced within the site boundary. The square footage of new building footprint was less than the original building and walks & driveways were smaller in area compared to what was existing. This area gained from pre to post construction situation is vegetated, which creates a more permeable surface and in turn lowers runoff volumes and quantities.
  • No additional parking was added to the site.
  • To minimize heat island effect the building was designed with a highly reflective white roof, preventing localized temperature increases and reducing building cooling loads.
  • Bike racks were installed to provide adequate bike parking for campus members arriving by bicycle.

Water Efficiency

  • No irrigation was installed on site.
  • By landscaping with indigenous plants that do not require irrigation and minimize maintenance, we conserve potable water and avoid compromising water quality.
  • The fitness center restrooms and locker rooms utilize ultra low-flow showers, faucets, toilets, and urinals, resulting in a 48 percent reduction in water use over typical fixtures.

Energy & Atmosphere

  • The buildings mechanical systems use less energy to provide a comfortable environment through building components such as low-e glass, white roof, heat recovery systems in the locker rooms, and an automated lighting system that adjusts light levels based on natural daylight.
  • Seventy percent of the buildings electricity for the first two years of operation is offset by the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).  The RECs are procured from a green-e certified wind power facility in Mars Hill, Maine.

Materials & Resources

  • Waste was reduced by diverting 95.7 percent of construction debris for reuse and recycling versus utilizing landfill space.
  • Thirty-one percent of the building products include pre-and post-consumer recycled material, including the structural steel, aluminum window frames, carpet, floor tiles, gypsum board and foot grills.   
  • Twenty-eight percent of building materials came from with 500 miles, reducing emissions from transportation while supporting the local economy.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • All adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings and carpet systems used are low in volatile organic compounds.
  • During construction an indoor air quality plan was followed to limit indoor air quality issues for both construction workers and the eventual occupants of the building.
  • The majority of building occupants, with the exception of the weight room in the basement of the fitness center, have excellent views of the outdoors