Successful Projects Start With
Trusted Partnerships

Cardinal Construction has worked with numerous clients to build a wide variety of projects since our founding in 1895. This experience, combined with our passion for building, helps us guide your project to a smooth and successful conclusion.

We believe that it’s vital to begin each project by developing a trust-based partnership with your team. Regardless of whether we’re the lowest bidder in a competitive bid, your construction manager or your design-builder—we deliver the same high level of care, reliability and quality to every project we take on.

Cedar Falls Public Works

General Construction

Cardinal Construction has more than a century of experience working in general construction, and we have an outstanding record for completing projects within our clients’ schedules and budgets. Our knowledgeable project managers and superintendents oversee our staff and manage subcontractors to create safe job sites and ensure the appropriate level of care is given to all aspects of every building project.

Cardinal’s skilled staff is experienced in:

  • Minor Excavation
  • Concrete Foundations & Flatwork
  • Rough & Finish Carpentry
  • Steel Erection
  • Millwright Work

For all other building components, we have established relationships with several local and regional subcontractors and suppliers that share our values of integrity, quality workmanship and service.

Talk to one of our specialists about your upcoming project, and let’s build something better, together.

Teen and Educational Center


The construction process starts long before we break ground. Cardinal’s pre-construction services can assist clients by identifying viable options with regard to utilization of existing space and structures, and assessing the feasibility and constructability of design options.

By incorporating Building Information Modeling (BIM), Cardinal can identify existing systems and determine if and/or how they can be repurposed for a new or different need. In addition, pre-construction budgeting and value engineering can help speed your project along by evaluating the merits of a project and exploring all available options. 

Get your project off to a great start by talking to one of our pre-construction specialists.

West High School Auditorium Renovation

Construction Management

Construction Management is an inclusive system that involves key stakeholders from the pre-construction stages through final delivery. A construction manager can be especially beneficial for complex or technical projects. Within this system, Cardinal Construction serves as an active team member providing cost, scheduling and constructability information as it pertains to the design.

Cardinal Construction has experience in the following construction management capacities:

Agency Construction Manager:
Strictly operating in a management role, Cardinal serves as an extension of the Owner, but does not provide staffing or equipment for the construction of the physical building and site.

Construction Manager at Risk:
Cardinal Construction manages the project within specific budget and scheduling parameters identified and agreed to in advance. We commit to the project and take responsibility for the risk associated with those parameters. Cardinal manages the project and deploys staff and other resources in the construction of the project.

How does a construction manager benefit your project?

  • Protect Your Interests
  • Reduce Overall Project Costs
  • Enhance Quality Control
  • Set Reliable Budgets
  • Provide Guidance on Design and Construction Schedule
  • Streamline Communications
  • Control Documents (Contracts, Insurance Forms, Cost Verifications)

Enhance your team and resources. Talk to one of our specialists to get the help you’re looking for.

Highland Elementary School Colorful Library

Cardinal RED: Turnkey Design Build

Cardinal RED is a responsive, efficient and owner-driven delivery method in which the contractor and architect work together under a single contract to complete a building project. Within this system, Cardinal Construction undertakes responsibility for the entire project, including design, engineering, materials and construction. Design-Build works well for any project type.

Benefits of a design-build delivery system include:

Creative Solutions Driven by Needs: From project onset, our integrated team works together to develop creative solutions that reflect your specific goals and needs.

Faster Delivery: Unlike traditional methods, design-build facilitates a team relationship that starts at project conception. Project management is collaborative, so work is completed quicker and with fewer unforeseen issues.

Cost Savings: An integrated team spends time seeking new efficiencies and innovations to save you money.

Singular Responsibility: The design team works together to develop cost estimates and project schedules, and manage performance.

Decreased Administrative Burden: Because there is only one contract with the design team, owners can focus more time on the project instead of managing multiple contracts.

From design to construction and everything in between, we coordinate all facets of so you can focus on leading your organization.

Make things easier for you and your team. To talk to one of our specialists about our design-build services for your upcoming project.