Grand Openings

Omaha Federal Building Opening

Omaha Federal Building OpeningToday’s ribbon-cutting marks the culmination of tremendous hard work and energy spent in breathing new life into the Omaha Federal Building.

Nelson Construction & Development joined First Hospitality Group to transform the landmark Old Federal Building in Omaha into a stunning 152-room Residence Inn by Marriott. The building at the southwest corner of 15th and Dodge Streets was erected in 1933 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, and designed by the renowned architects Thomas R. Kimball and George B. Prinz.

This $23 million project retains the architectural elements of the 120,000-square-foot, 12-story Stripped Classical/Art Deco structure. Period details that include terrazzo tile floors, wooden railings, and marble features are being preserved. The building’s historical significance – it was home to federal branches including the Army Corps of Engineers, District Court and FBI – is highlighted with the three vault doors that create a focal point in the main commons area and hearth room.

Guests in the extended-stay style accommodations enjoy modern furnishings and amenities, including full kitchens, a fitness room and game center. A patio on the building’s north side features a fire pit overlooking the First National Bank sculpture park. The 1,000-square-foot penthouse boasts panoramic views of Omaha. Nearly 2,000 square feet of meeting space are included in the plans.

Ribbon Cutting for Baker Creek Senior Living

Baker Creek Senior Living Ribbon CuttingNelson Construction was pleased today to take part in the ribbon cutting for the Baker Creek Senior Living community. This project brought together a truly professional and talented team of developers, architects, and stakeholders like Anawim Housing, MHEG, and the Baker Group to produce modern, safe, and affordable senior housing on the east side of Des Moines. This senior housing development is ready for its first tenants to move in to its 33 two-bedroom apartments on September 1st.

Fleming Building Now Open

Fleming BuildingThe Fleming Building has completed construction and is now open for residential and commercial tenants to begin moving in. The market-rate apartments are nearing full occupancy and the second floor has been leased for office use.

Owners Mike Nelson and BJ Baker, with the help of Nelson Construction & Development, have transformed a historic, century-old downtown office building into a revitalized mixed-use structure that will add 5,000 square-feet of retail space on Walnut Street and 95 residential units to downtown Des Moines. The project will benefit the metro area as a whole, but will be especially helpful in strengthening the downtown core, of great importance for Des Moines because a strong downtown is essential to the success of any community.


Zombie Burger

In the middle of the East Village, zombies have been spotted. Orchestrate Management brings a creative twist to burgers, fries, and sides that will make you want to stay well into the night.  At East 4th and Grand Avenue, come grab something to-go or sit and enjoy the best burger in town. What is behind that chain link fence on the ceiling?

Hyatt Place Grand Opening

April 7, 2011 – Nelson Construction was excited to unveil Des Moines’ first Hyatt Place last night. The gala, with a 1920’s theme, was well attended by Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, and other local business and community leaders. Guests enjoyed entertainment throughout the night with food and refreshments. We are excited to see this hotel grow in downtown Des Moines.