CANCO welcomes new project engineer to Cedar Falls team

CANCO welcomes new project engineer to Cedar Falls team
Alex Gebel
Project Engineer

9 months, 4 weeks ago

Alex Gebel is a University of Northern Iowa graduate who brings field labor, project management experience to his role with Carl A. Nelson & Company

Carl A. Nelson & Company (CANCO) is pleased to announce the addition of a new project engineer to the team in our Cedar Falls, Iowa, office. Alex Gebel brings a degree in construction management from the University of Northern Iowa and four years of experience in woodframe construction and interior remodeling for contractors in Iowa and Tennessee to his role.

In addition to that experience, Gebel has shown he is "focused on his career, including continued growth and is ready to take on new challenges with Carl A. Nelson & Company," said Jamie Stanley, CANCO Vice President of Operations (Cedar Falls).

Alex graduated from high school in Denver, Iowa, with an associates degree from Hawkeye Community College already in-hand. Although he initially enrolled at the University of Iowa in mechanical engineering, a career exploration class pointed him in the direction of construction management, which led to a transfer to UNI after a semester in Iowa City. Arriving at UNI just in time for classes to go remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he was able to start working in the construction industry right away. Throughout his time at Northern Iowa, Alex worked for a commercial/residential builder, helping with construction of apartment and senior living complexes.

Following graduation in 2022 with his degree in construction management, Alex relocated to Nashville, where he worked for a large-scale interior finishing contractor. During a year with that firm prior to returning to Iowa, Alex had the opportunity to run the day-to-day aspects of a four-story, 19th century office building renovation for Vanderbilt University, working with an off-site project manager who was overseeing multiple projects. After a year away, Alex decided big city life was not for him, and returned to Iowa. His initial assignment with CANCO will be to provide project engineering support for a pair of K-12 school projects currently being managed from the Cedar Falls office.

Away from work, Alex said he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and golf, and spending time with family and friends. Alex, whose parents both work in education, is the youngest of four.