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

Our Story

Carl A. Nelson
Carl A. Nelson,

In business since 1913, Carl A. Nelson & Company — you can call us CANCO — is a design-build, construction management and general contracting company. Founded and still operating in Burlington, Iowa, we also have an office in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Our offices work as one to better serve our customers' needs.

CANCO is an industrial, institutional and commercial construction company, working in several construction market segments.

We are an employee-owned company, and with approximately 120 direct-hire employees in the field and the office, we have the people and the processes to deliver quality on your next construction project. Our project superintendents average more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry, while our project managers — degreed engineers, construction managers, industrial technologists and one of our two staff architects — average more than 20 years of industry experience.

At CANCO, working safely is at the forefront of everything we do. And while every company has the capacity to improve, we are justifiably proud of our safety program, and of a safety history that includes twice in recent years exceeding 1 million man hours without a lost day accident.

Learn more about what sets us apart from the competition, where we work and why more than 80 percent of our business is from repeat clients, by visiting the About Us section of the website.

Our Story | Safety First | Where We Work | Leadership Team


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.

CANCO adds project leadership in Cedar Falls office
CANCO adds project leadership in Cedar Falls office

Carl A. Nelson & Company welcomes new project manager, project engineer to CANCO North team.


Brown promoted to Project Manager role with CANCO
Brown promoted to Project Manager role with CANCO

Trevor Brown joined Carl A. Nelson & Company in 2017 after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in Construction Management.


Pre-con lays foundation for childcare expansion in SE Iowa city
Pre-con lays foundation for childcare expansion in SE Iowa city

Concrete pours underway on childcare facility where CANCO pre-construction effort as construction manager helped move the project from vision to reality.


CANCO chosen by Ottumwa School District for CMa project
CANCO chosen by Ottumwa School District for CMa project

Carl A. Nelson & Company has been awarded a Construction Management Agency contract for a grades 3-5 addition to Ottumwa's Douma Elementary School.


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