If Builders build and Designers design, what do Owners do? Everything else! We teach students, practice medicine, manufacture products, offer entertainment and hospitality, provide government services, and much more.

What/Who is an Owner?

If Builders build and Designers design, what do Owners do?


Everything else!  We teach students, practice medicine, manufacture products, offer entertainment and hospitality, provide government services, and much more.  We need buildings to do what we do!

As Owners, we deal with design and construction to support our mission.  While our core missions may differ, our responsibilities in the design and construction of our buildings are similar.  We define our program needs; choose the building sites; select architects, engineers and contractors; arrange financing; and manage the design and construction processes.  And, the issues we face as Owners are also similar - we have to find ways to deliver projects more quickly and keep projects within budget despite escalating material and labor costs in a global economy, as well as manage and resolve conflicts throughout the life of the project.

As Owners, we are in the middle of exciting changes in the construction industry with technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) which is changing the way buildings are designed and maintained.  Sustainability is a major consideration for all owners in their project design and construction, as well as the operations of their building -- and we now have a track record on "green" buildings and lessons learned that we can share.

COAA was established to provide a forum for Owners to meet, share, and learn in order to enhance their project success. As Owners, we need to have appropriate expectations of our designers and contractors, convey these expectations to them and then hold them to these standards.  And we need to do our part in achieving project success -- successful for the owner, designer, and contractor!

We invite you to join your fellow Owners by becoming a COAA member.  COAA is the association in the industry established specifically for Owners.