Design-Build Construction: Burlington / Cedar Falls / Iowa

Design-Builder | Construction Manager | General Contractor


Carl A. Nelson & Company, in Burlington and Cedar Falls, Iowa, is a full-service industrial, institutional and commercial construction company serving Iowa, the Midwest and the United States.

Our Experience

Carl A. Nelson & Company has gained extensive experience in numerous construction markets, and today serves the design-build construction, construction management (agency and at-risk) and general contracting needs of clients in a range of market sectors. To learn more about the work we do, and to see project examples from our portfolio, choose one of the options below:

Our Services

Carl A. Nelson & Company is capable of delivering a full range of services to clients, include planning, pre-construction, design, construction and maintenance. Choose an option from the list below to learn more:

Needs Assessment & Master Planning

Pre-Construction Services

Code Study, BIM & Design-Assist

Self-Performed Construction

Nelson Plant Services

Where We Work

Based in Eastern Iowa, Carl A. Nelson & Company — you can call us CANCO — works primarily in Iowa, the Midwest, and the Great Plains, but is licensed in 22 U.S. states where we have completed projects at the request of repeat clients. Our work is in a range of market segments and performed using a variety of construction project delivery methods. We also have in-house design and industrial plant maintenance services available to meet the needs of our clients.

Our offices in Burlington and Cedar Falls, Iowa, function as one to better serve our customers.

We are licensed to perform work in every state where you see our logo. As for those blank spots on the map? Well, they're mainly just places we haven't worked yet.


Stories in our news section are taken from the pages of our wibi newsletter, breaking project-related news, coverage of company events, and more. Click below for some recent headlines, or visit the news section to see what else we've been up to.

Here are some recent headlines. Discover more in our CANCO News section.

Bliesener takes over human resources duties
Bliesener takes over human resources duties

New HR rep at Carl A. Nelson & Company discovered early passion for improving workplace experiences to help ensure employees love their jobs.


Ground broken on new College CSD school building
Ground broken on new College CSD school building

The grades 5-6 Prairie Creek Intermediate School in Cedar Rapids is set to open in 2023. Carl A. Nelson & Company is construction manager on the project.


DePalma promoted to role of project superintendent
DePalma promoted to role of project superintendent

Ten-year CANCO employee and Purdue University construction management graduate credited for success in project management and field leadership.


CMa services key to hospital's project success
CMa services key to hospital's project success

In a video testimonial, Henry County Health Center CEO praises Carl A. Nelson & Company's role on multiple construction management agency projects.


wibi Newsletter

Based on an acronym that represents shorthand for our quality assurance efforts, the wibi newsletter is published quarterly and mailed to clients in the industrial and healthcare markets, as well as published online in an e-edition. It features our projects, articles on topics helpful to clients — including Decoding the Code, a regular feature about code-related issues that can affect project budgets and long-term costs of ownership — and spotlights on our people and our safety program.

Visit our wibi page to see current and back issues of the newsletter.

Experience (is) the Carl A. Nelson & Company difference

Thank you for visiting our website. It's here 24/7 to help demonstrate the value of choosing Carl A. Nelson & Company for your organization's next construction project. To take advantage of the CANCO pledge to deliver Fairness & Honesty, Quality Workmanship and Service Second to None, contact us today.

Design-Build, Construction Management and General Contractor | Offices in Burlington and Cedar Falls, Iowa