General Contractor

General Contractor

General Contractor

Available to: Public or Private owners

Burlington, Iowa, Area YMCA general contractor
Burlington, Iowa, Area YMCA

Carl A. Nelson & Company has been providing construction services as a general contractor since 1913, and continues to build projects in that role for owners in a range of construction market segments. We are a licensed general contractor in more than 20 U.S. states, including Iowa and Illinois. Our trained craftsmen and experienced field supervisors are backed up by a team of construction engineers and construction managers who work together throughout your project to ensure we are living up to our promise of Fairness and Honesty, Quality Workmanship and Service Second to None. 

This delivery method is sometimes known as Design-Bid-Build, and for public entities, typically means hiring the lowest qualified bidder.

After being selected as the General Contractor, Carl A. Nelson & Company takes the finished design completed by the Owner's contracted architectural or engineering firm and brings it to completion. We self-perform much of the work we contract for on general contracting projects.

We employ more than 75 skilled construction craftsmen, foremen and jobsite supervisors, who are trained in skills ranging from carpentry and welding to millwright and site-cast tilt-up concrete construction. We require our craftsmen to be OSHA 10-hour-certified, while our field supervisors are required to have the 30-hour OSHA certification. Our superintendents average more than 30 years of construction experience.

CANCO's experienced team will immediately upon receiving the drawings review them for potential constructability issues and alert the architect and Owner of any potential challenges to on-time or on-budget completion. We know it is better — and cheaper — to build the project correctly the first time, than to require costly and time-consuming rework later.

On general contracting projects where the initial design does not include Building Information Modeling, and 3D clash detection would be beneficial to on-time and on-budget completion, Carl A. Nelson & Company is able to provide those services at Owner request through Nelson Design, Inc. CANCO's successful application of 3D modeling to a general contracting project for an industrial client was highlighted in the Summer 2020 edition of our wibi newsletter. Code Review also is available from Nelson Design, Inc., at Owner request.

A sampling of our work as general contractor

Highlighted below are several of Carl A. Nelson & Company's projects in the role of General Contractor. Visit the Project Portfolio for additional examples of our work.

University of Iowa Power Plant

University of Iowa Power Plant, Dense Phase Coal Handling System Replacement, Iowa City, Iowa

Burlington Area YMCA

Burlington Area YMCA, Burlington, Iowa

University of Iowa Pappajohn Central Vivarium

University of Iowa, Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building Central Vivarium, Iowa City, Iowa

Winegard Company

Winegard Company office and plant addition/renovation, Burlington, Iowa

Fort Madison's Santa Fe Depot

Santa Fe Depot, Fort Madison, Iowa


Experience our Commitment to Fairness, Honesty, Quality and Service 

Carl A. Nelson & Company is staffed and equipped to serve as general contractor for your organization's next construction project. Fill out the form below, or contact our Director of Business Development, Dan Culp, directly by phone at (319) 754-8415, or email at

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