Bowdoin College – Peter Buck Center for Health & Fitness


Bowdoin College — Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness, Brunswick, ME

The Buck Center was built to meet the growing demands of Bowdoin College’s fitness-conscious student body and consolidated the fitness and wellness programs. It houses an expansive free-weight facility, a cardiovascular center, a three-story interior climbing wall, the Athletic Department’s offices and the Health Center.


Size: 44,659 square feet
Schedule: 16 months
Contract Type:Construction Manager-at-Risk
Owner: Bowdoin College
Architect: Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.


A high standard of sustainability was met through the use of recycled and locally extracted and manufactured materials, the reliance on building products with low-volatile organic compounds, the inclusion of low mercury fluorescent lighting and the installation of a highly reflective roof membrane to reduce solar gain and heat island effect. Certified LEED Gold.

Advanced preconstruction studies of the curtain wall system created a collaborative “design-assist” environment that was critical to this custom component’s success.

Minimized disruptions through extensive coordination with users occupying two active adjacent gymnasiums.

Flexible space/programming on the third floor was designed to accommodate programs such as Pilates, yoga, tai chi/qigong and dance.

2010 BSA Honor Award Citation for Design Excellence

Bowdoin College – Peter Buck Center for Health & Fitness