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.

Working Beyond Iowa to Meet Clients' Needs
Working Beyond Iowa to Meet Clients' Needs

CANCO is licensed in 22 states, and work outside of Iowa accounts for about 25 percent of our industrial projects since the mid-1980s.


CM client says of CANCO, 'We're In This Together'
CM client says of CANCO, 'We're In This Together'

Davis County Hospital & Clinics and Carl A. Nelson & Company have been construction management partners since a successful project in 2010.


Employee Spotlight: Mike Hall
Employee Spotlight: Mike Hall

Project Superintendent, employee owner lives and breathes Carl A. Nelson & Company's 'Would I Buy It?' philosophy during 31 years with construction firm.


Grundy Center CSD awards CMa contract to CANCO
Grundy Center CSD awards CMa contract to CANCO

Carl A. Nelson & Company will be construction management agency for the northeast Iowa school district's addition and renovation project.


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