Decades of experience.

Nelson Construction & Development is a real estate developer, investor, and general contractor located in Des Moines, Iowa. Our twenty-three years of work include more than 5,000,000 square feet and $1 billion in both ground-up new construction as well as major award-winning historic renovations.

Our work spans many states, including Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, and Illinois 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.


Solving problems through real estate.

The common thread uniting our diverse portfolio is a deep belief and commitment to solving problems through real estate. As the owners of most of our projects, we’ve become adept at balancing return on investment with quality design and construction that will stand the test of time.

Each deal begins with thorough research into the local market, current economic conditions, and the full experience of the end user. We assemble an elite team of architects, engineers, financiers, and other partners within our deep network of professionals to understand and solve the true problems and opportunities we discover.


A firm commitment to excellence.

That firm commitment to each project continues through pre-development, design, financing, construction, and stabilization. We continue to revisit each project after completion to gain deep insights into performance and develop intellectual property and expertise for each and every new deal.

We would love to learn about new challenges and opportunities that our team can help solve.

Development Services

Nelson Construction & Development offers our approach, expertise, and skill to third-party clients interested in overcoming challenges in their own developments. Our team has spent decades confronting challenges in lending, equity, construction cost, historic renovation, tax credits, operations, and more.

Overcoming development hurdles has led to a thorough understanding of each facet of a project and innovative ways to get past the finish line. Our deep network of partners and professionals around the world have a track record of solving problems with us and we bring that same network to the table for third-party development clients.

We’re interested in learning about your development and digging in to see what role our development team can play to get you past the finish line and maximize the results you’re looking to achieve.

Join our team.

We're always searching for creative talent that wants to perform at the highest levels of construction and development.