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Education Construction & Design-Assist Services

Washington, Iowa, High SchoolChildren are a precious resource in every community.

As educators and educational leaders, your role is to prepare them for the future. Ours is to support that mission by delivering school facilities that offer the best 21st-Century learning environment.


There are many challenges while striving to provide for the ever-changing needs of your student body. We know that developments in technology, budget and funding issues, aging school buildings, and obtaining community support through bond referendums are all concerns that affect the decisions you must make when considering a new school, building addition, or renovation.

As construction manager agent, we are your advocate. And Carl A. Nelson & Company has a proven track record of working in collaboration with owners and architects to meet aggressive goals and satisfy spatial requirements while being stewards of your resources and goals. We guide our clients to make the best decisions during the pre-construction phase by providing value engineering and experience-driven recommendations for the major systems of your building to preserve money and time.

We work hard to encourage strong participation from local contractors and suppliers in communities where we work to support your local economy, and also to increase the pool of bidders in an effort to ensure the best-possible results on bid day. On our construction management projects for Iowa school districts, our average variance between budget estimate and actual bid is 2.2% below budget.

In addition to our construction management experience, CANCO also has a long history of delivering quality school projects to communities through the competitive bid process in the general contractor role. 

Education Project Portfolio

We provide school construction management and general contracting, and have built new elementary schools, intermediate schools, middle schools and high schools, performed school remodeling and built school additions, as well as building early childhood centers and performing arts centers.

Explore our Project Portfolio on this page to see examples of some of the work we have done for Education clients as construction manager or general contractor.

Needs Assessment, Master Planning and Pre-Bond Services

In addition to providing construction services, Carl A. Nelson & Company also is able to bring its experience leading successful facility needs assessment and master planning processes to your school. As construction manager agent, we are available to take part in pre-bond planning and to participate in public forums to educate your community about the project plan.

Districts where CANCO has provided needs assessment, master planning and/or pre-bond services include:


  • Fort Madison Community School District — Fort Madison, Iowa

  • Keokuk Community School District — Keokuk, Iowa

  • Washington Community School District — Washington, Iowa

  • Fairfield Community School District — Fairfield, Iowa

  • Danville Community School District — Danville, Iowa

  • Mid-Prairie Community School District — Kalona, Iowa

  • Shenandoah Community School District — Shenandoah, Iowa

  • IKM-Manning Community School District — Manning, Iowa

Related Services

On construction manager agent projects, Carl A. Nelson & Company's design-assist capability relies on the experience of our project managers, engineers and field personnel to ensure the best-possible quality, cost and schedule. But those efforts are backed up by the design professionals of Nelson Design, Inc., who will assist in review of the plans and specifications prepared by your architectural and engineering partners.

You can learn more by visiting these pages

Nelson Design, Inc.

Clients attest to our work as Construction Manager

On school construction projects, where Carl A. Nelson & Company has been engaged in the role of construction management agency, school officials continue to have kind things to say about our work. Here are a few recent testimonials:

"One of the best elements CANCO brought to the table was the value engineering ... to make sure that we were going to be at budget, and hopefully come in even underneath what the budget might be."
— Gary McEldowney, superintendent, Sioux Center, Iowa, CSD
"The support of your company has been exceptional. I think of where we were a year ago this week on this project, and know that the lion's share of the progress that has been made is due to your efforts and expertise."
— Dr. Kerri Nelson, superintendent, Shenandoah, Iowa, CSD
"Their unique perspective has added value to our projects and allowed the district to get 'more bang for its bucks'."
— Mark Schneider, superintendent, Mid-Prairie CSD, Iowa

Education Brochure

CANCO Education Brochure
Carl A. Nelson & Company publishes brochures in several market segments where we work, including one highlighting Educational projects. Click the cover image to open the e-brochure.


Trust us with your next school project

To contact Carl A. Nelson & Company about construction management, needs assessment or master planning services, complete the form below. Or contact CANCO Director of Business Development Dan Culp directly by calling (319) 754-8415, or writing

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