$5 Million Gift is Largest Single Donation in Institute's History
Art Gensler leads Buck staff and board members in a toast to celebrate the naming of the Arthur and Drue Gensler Building
It's only fitting that the Buck Institute’s administrative building now bears the name of two people who have supported the Institute from its earliest days. A $5 million donation from M. Arthur Gensler Jr. and his wife, Drucilla Cortell Gensler, highlights a relationship that has shaped both the esthetics and operations of the Institute.
Drue Gensler is President of the Gensler Family Foundation and served on the Institute’s first Advisory Committee. Art Gensler, an architectural visionary who built Gensler into the largest international design firm, has served a total of 11 years as a Buck Trustee. He joined in 2000 just as the Institute’s first research building was coming on line. As Chair of the Construction Committee, he played a crucial role in the development of the open laboratory plans which have been incorporated into the Institute’s scientific expansion. He was actively involved in the planning and construction of the Institute’s new Regenerative Medicine Research Center which opened last April. He also helped champion the new geothermal heat exchange program, which allows the Institute to cut $436,000 per year from its energy bill.
“It’s an honor to support scientists who care so much about improving the health of people everywhere, and it’s a thrill to witness the progress that has been made since the Institute opened its doors just 14 years ago. I hope this donation will encourage others to appreciate how much the Buck enhances both our local and global communities and to share my enthusiasm for its mission to extend healthspan, the healthy years of life.” M. Arthur Gensler Jr.
“Art Gensler’s hands-on commitment to the Institute can be seen throughout our buildings and in our labs,” said Brian Kennedy, PhD, Buck Institute CEO and President. “His support, coupled with his towering presence in the world of architecture and construction, has been instrumental in opening doors to those who have helped the Institute grow and thrive. It has been our good fortune to have Art in our corner and we are truly grateful to him and Drue for this gift,” Kennedy said. “The Buck Institute has a special relationship with Art that I am sure will continue for years to come.”