Access Optics

Access Optics chose Cowen Construction to construct a new 18,000 square foot facility on a 1.75 acre site for their growing company.  Access Optics brings together inventive manufacturing engineering, process development, leading-edge optical fabrication and advanced coating technology to deliver exceptional products—including conventional and miniature optics and high-reliability assemblies.  The new facility has exposed ceilings, large manufacturing and assembly production area, conference room, full kitchen and café for the employees.  The assembly and manufacturing area has an exhaust system that runs throughout the entire floor.  The structure is a pre-engineered metal building with a façade that is storefront, metal panels and eifs.

Access Optics

October 22, 2014

Meet Our Team

Link Cowen
Link CowenVice President
Link has oversight and responsibility of all construction related activities. He is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University’s College of Business and has over 15 years of experience in project management, estimating and preconstruction services. Link was born in Shawnee, OK; which is the city in which his great grandfather started Cowen Construction in 1896. He and his Wife Heather enjoy spending time with their son Link, who is the fifth Cowen in the direct lineage of his great, great grandfather to carry the family first name of Link.
Link is proud to be associated with Leadership Tulsa, he has been the Chairman of the Construction Leadership Council and is a recipient of the Build Oklahoma Award for leading the way on a 35 million dollar LEED Gold medical facility. He enjoys golfing, going to the lake, and spending time with his family.
In his role with the company, Link believes it is most important to keep the firm focused on building lasting relationships that result from providing outstanding service based on a foundation of trust, accurate information, quality construction, open communication and an appropriate amount of creativity throughout the building process.
Andy Pate
Andy PateSuperintendent
Andy Pate has been involved with many of Cowen’s significant projects since 2006. Andy’s dedication to the Company and his great work ethic have proven extremely successful. His training is derived from classroom instruction, continuing education seminars, OSHA Safety Class, and years of on site experience. He will be on the project site at all times during construction.

Jointly responsible with the Project Manager for the overall success of the project. Responsible for meeting schedule, controlling costs, and managing manpower and equipment (if applicable) on assigned project. Provides continuous hands-on field supervision of all construction operations, including subcontractors and other construction related personnel; directing them in the planning, scheduling, and execution of work on time, within budget, and with high standards of workmanship. Attains or exceeds profit goals and promotes workplace safety while meeting or exceeding owner’s expectations. Promotes a positive company image. Is the leader on every project and is ultimately responsible for its operational success.

Bob Krewett
Bob KrewettDirector of Safety and HR
Bob Krewett has been a part of the Cowen Team since 1986 as the Director of Safety. In addition to being our Director, he is certified as an outreach instructor with the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute. Bob also serves as an instructor for the Construction Management Department at Oklahoma State University in the areas of jobsite safety standards.

Compliance with company safety policies and site specific safety requirements is monitored and verified by daily observation of the job site management staff. This is supplemented by random job site safety inspections which are conducted by the Director of Safety. Project specific potential hazards are identified for each individual project, then the operations team along with the Director of Safety agree upon means and methods to eliminate, reduce and/or adequately manage any potential hazards. All project field employees are made aware of site specific safety procedures and concerns through daily operational “quarterback meetings,” and through weekly safety meetings, both of which are conducted by the project management staff and the Safety Director. The Director of Safety is included in the pre-construction planning phase along with the operations team.