Needs Assessment & Master Planning

Start your project with a firm understanding of your organization's needs

In addition to providing construction and pre-construction services, Carl A. Nelson & Company also is able to provide clients with pre-project services in the areas of needs assessment and master planning. These services are available to clients across market segments, although they are most commonly sought in educational and healthcare projects.

When engaged as a consultant to help plan a project from the concept stage, our experienced team will work with the client's leadership and other stakeholders to help determine what building improvements — be it new construction, an addition, renovation or some other solution — presents the best option to address an identified need.


Needs Assessment

Working independently or with design professionals and other consultants, Carl A. Nelson & Company will gather a wide range of information to inform the client of its needs and lead the decision-making process about future changes to programming and facility operations. Depending on the client's unique needs, these assessments may include:

  • preliminary cost estimating;
  • interest surveys;
  • space utilization/programming;
  • market conditions (i.e. demographics, enrollment);
  • ADA accessibility;
  • code review;
  • structural systems;
  • electrical and mechanical systems, and; 
  • site conditions.
<b>CANCO provided needs assessment and master planning services to Decatur County Hospital in Leon, Iowa, prior to construction of a replacement hospital facility.</b>
CANCO provided needs assessment and master planning services to Decatur County Hospital in Leon, Iowa, prior to construction of a replacement hospital facility.


Master Planning

Carl A. Nelson & Company collaborates with stakeholders to process the information developed in the needs assessment phase and create a comprehensive facilities master plan. We assist the client in evaluating and prioritizing options to determine the short-term and long-term goals.  By providing accurate cost data for potential facility changes, Carl A. Nelson & Company gives confidence to the process for the client to make vital decisions about the future.

For educational, healthcare and other public clients, we also are able to provide pre-bond services in advance of a funding referendum. In partnership with design consultants, Carl A. Nelson & Company assists officials with developing a strategy that fits the community. We support the bond referendum by providing relevant cost data, site selection advice and critical schedule information to support the organization's effort.  

We participate in public meetings as needed to lend our construction expertise to the process to generate confidence in the community that taxpayers are getting sound information.   

<b>Carl A. Nelson & Company led a successful needs assessment and master planning process, as well as pre-bond planning, for a K-12 addition and renovation project for the Danville Community School District in Danville, Iowa.</b>
Carl A. Nelson & Company led a successful needs assessment and master planning process, as well as pre-bond planning, for a K-12 addition and renovation project for the Danville Community School District in Danville, Iowa.