Director of Facilities, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Bob Cowan is the Director of Facilities at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is responsible for day-to-day Operations, Maintenance and Repair of the beautiful, highly complex, world class, 1.6 million square foot Fred Hutchinson Campus. The 14 building campus, located in sunny Seattle WA, is dedicated to both cancer research and treatment, has over 4,000 employees, and boasts of 3 Nobel Prize winners amongst the staff. Bob’s been at the “Hutch” over 16 years and during that time has overseen an expansion program of more than 900,000 square feet, helped the Center win over 20 Energy Awards at both local and national levels, weathered more inspections than you can count from JCAHO, DOH, FDA, AAALAC, CAP, etc., and even found time to take a 6 month sabbatical where he took his family on an Around-the-World adventure covering over 40,000 miles. Bob’s a retired Navy Commander originally from Grosse Ile, Michigan, a small island between Michigan and Canada. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and from the University of Florida with a Master’s in Civil Engineering. Bob is married to the former Kristina Lindstam of Stockholm, Sweden and has three children, Nicklas 16, Clara 15, and Hanna 12.
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