Nelson is an award-winning construction and development company.

Nelson Construction & Development is a real estate developer, investor, and general contractor located in Des Moines, Iowa.


Solving problems through real estate and design.


Quality design and construction that will stand the test of time

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Nelson has developed everything ranging from greenfield multifamily to extremely challenging urban infill projects.

With a long and varied background in multifamily developments, Nelson stays on the cutting edge of ever-evolving multifamily trends and mechanisms of financing.

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Senior Living

The Senior Housing team at Nelson understands successful real estate projects solve problems. Each market is hand-selected through a rigorous vetting process leveraging both national firms and local experts to identify underserved areas.

On average, only one out of every 25 markets we look at contains the key demographic indicators and the right site to suggest something truly special is possible.

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Over two decades of providing innovative development.

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Nelson Construction & Development is a real estate developer, investor, and general contractor located in Des Moines, Iowa.

Our twenty-two years of work include more than 5,000,000 square feet and over $1 billion in both ground-up new construction as well as major award-winning historic renovations.

Our work spans many states, including Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, and Kansas with a focus on multifamily apartments, senior living assisted living and memory care units, as well as various hotel, retail, parking garage, and office projects.

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Decades of experience.

Mike Nelson
President & Owner
David Siegel
Asset Manager
Alexander Grgurich
Director of Development
Chief Operating Officer
Jacob Wolfgang
Director of Development

LSB has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Nelson Development for many years.

As a lender, I have found that their vast experience and knowledge of commercial development has made partnering with Nelson Development immensely easier than most developers.

Their knowledge of the market, their in-depth analysis of the project and their expertise and putting together bank lendable commercial development projects makes them a valuable partner to LSB.We look forward to a continued long and prosperous relationship with Nelson Development.

Michael Urquhart, VP of Commercial Lending
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The estimators at Nelson Construction have done a better job than peer firms in projecting costs, holding prices, and avoiding gc-driven change orders.

Mike Nelson and Alexander Grgurich a great developers in their own right. Whenever I have had questions about my direction, they have provided wise counsel.

Nelson Construction is a great firm and I plan to work with them again in the future.

Frank Levy, President of Newbury Living
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