Nelson Design, Inc.: Code Study, BIM, Design-Assist

Carl A. Nelson & Company has the capability to offer clients a full range of design services through Nelson Design, Inc. — a wholly owned subsidiary. Those services include:


For CANCO construction project clients, Nelson Design, Inc., has the capacity to provide the following design services: programming, schematic design, design development and preparation of construction documents, as well as construction administration. These services are often are applied in coordination with structural and MEPT partners engaged by CANCO on design-build projects, but also available on construction management projects (agent or at-risk), depending on Owner requirements

Services also are available to clients during the pre-construction phase of a project even before an architectural or engineering firm is engaged in order to provide input on feasibility and cost prior to the start of design development. 

Code Study

The Nelson Design staff and CANCO construction project team leaders are expert in code review and code consulting, and will examine clients' building design to ensure all applicable code requirements are being met; to prevent misapplication of code that could result in costly rework; and to offer alternative paths to code compliance that may offer a lower initial or ongoing cost. Areas of code review include hazardous materials, life safety and related construction standards. Code review services are available to design-build and construction management clients.

Code study also is available as an independent service to customers working on projects with other contractors and design firms.

Decoding the Code

Each issue of Carl A. Nelson & Company's client newsletter, wibi, features an article about issues related to code study in industrial, healthcare or other market segment. Topics include building code, life safety code, health code and other areas where code requirements can impact the cost or constructability of a projects. Contributors include Nelson Design, Inc., architect Ellen McCulley, LEED AP, NCARB, and licensed architect and Project Manager Cindy Larson, NCARB; as well as CANCO President Tim Seibert, P.E., and Project Executive/Director of Business Development Dan Culp, ASHE.

Articles in the Decoding the Code series are collected in the Knowledge Base section of the website.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) coordination

Nelson Design, Inc., will combine its experienced staff with 21st century software tools to create or collate building information models (BIM), then render three-dimensional images to show a digital preview of the completed project, along with potential conflicts among mechanical, electrical and other systems, or between MEPT systems and structural design, so problems can be addressed prior to construction or fabrication, saving time and money on projects. BIM coordination is available to clients across all construction project delivery methods.

Better Built with BIM

From our Summer 2020 wibi newsletter:

Building Information Modeling produces tighter coordination of projects during pre-construction, resolving structural and MEPT conflicts before they are encountered in the field. 

For Owners, that means saving time and money.

Read the full report here.