Quick Facts

Who We Are For more than 100 years, Carl A. Nelson & Company has delivered unique design and construction solutions for commercial, civic, education, healthcare, industrial, laboratory, power, wastewater and recreational facilities. From offices around Eastern Iowa, our staff delivers professional services with a tradition of excellence and attention to safety. Contact us today and experience the Carl A. Nelson difference.
Year Established


Firm History Carl A. Nelson & Company was founded by Carl A. Nelson who was a skilled carpenter and Swedish immigrant. Carl owned the firm until the 1940s when it became employee owned. Several descendants of Carl’s founding team still work for the firm, including a superintendent and project manager, both of whom have inherited the skills and work ethic of the company founders.
Delivery Methods
  • Design-Build
  • Construction Management Agency
  • Construction Management at Risk
  • General Contracting
Licensed In Iowa, Illinois and 18 Other U.S. States

Approximately 135

Bonding Capacity

$40,000,000 per project, $80,000,000 aggregate

Self-Performed Work
  • Structural Excavation
  • Concrete Slabs and Foundations
  • Equipment Foundations
  • Precast Concrete
  • Concrete Superstructures
  • Site-Cast Tilt-Up Concrete
  • Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings
  • Structural Steel Erection
  • Rough and Finish Carpentry
  • Metal Stud and Drywall Installation
  • Bridge Crane and Monorail Erection
  • Millwright Work

Burlington, Cedar Falls, and Washington, Iowa