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About cowan construction services, inc.

Richard F Cowan, PE, PMP, DBIA, LEED AP

Service Overview

Dick is well known in California education and public works circles. He is a frequent speaker at education conferences and workshops. He has been published in education and project management publications. Dick was appointed by the California State Architect as one of only two Builders on the State Architect (DSA) Advisory Board. He authored the Lease-Leaseback chapter of the well regarded Association of California Construction Managers (ACCM) Alternate Delivery Handbook, and is considered the “expert” in this delivery method in Northern California. Dick was the Project Manager for California’s first Design Build elementary school under then-new AB1402 authority. He is an instructor for the Design Build Institute of America and travels around the US teaching design-build skills and approaches. Dick is an accomplished writer and speaker and he coaches business development and professional leadership skills.


  • BS, Civil Engineering, Cornell University
  • MS, Construction Management, University of California, Berkeley
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Civil, California
  • Designated Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute
  • Designated Design Build Professional, Design Build Institute of America
  • LEED Accredited Professional, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Credentialed Community College Instructor, California
  • Licensed General Building Contractor, CA
  • Captain, Civil Engineer Corps, US Naval Reserve Retired
  • Current Chair, California State Historic Capitol Commission
  • Current Senate Appointee, Capitol Area Committee
  • Current Member and Committee Chair, Advisory Board to the Division of the California State Architect
  • Current Board Member, Association of California Construction Managers
  • Past Member, CASH Legislative Advisory Committee