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Our Civic, Community, Justice, and Education practices strive to improve communities through functional, innovative designs. We understand the intricacies of different building types and how to balance community needs and navigate complex political landscapes, all while meeting your operational standards. Our architects and designers focus on comprehensive planning and offer services that help you meet your aesthetic, functional, and financial objectives.


With an emphasis on social impact and the betterment of local communities, our Civic and Community Practice focuses on improving lives. By working with non-profits, local leaders, and religious institutions, our team is able to leverage our talents and expertise to deliver environments that support development and growth.

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Our Justice Practice is dedicated to bettering lives within all communities and strives to create environments that enhance public safety and improve service and operations. It takes creativity, persistence, and attention to detail when designing and constructing buildings that are subject to public scrutiny, bidding constraints, and strict budget requirements. We are skilled at comprehensive planning and offer design services that transform environments, meeting short- and long-term objectives cost effectively.

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Our Higher Education Practice believes in the power of design to improve institutional performance, attract top faculty and students, enhance the learning experience, and inspire future innovations. Our projects range from two-year technical colleges with the primary mission to train a more skilled workforce, to leading research universities whose discoveries will shape the future on a global scale. We challenge assumptions, analyze the long-term needs of each campus environment, and deliver tailored solutions that stand the test of time.

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Civic, Community, Justice, & Education Offerings

  • Religious Facilities
  • Senior Active Living Communities
  • Counseling and Stabilization Facilities
  • Non-Profit Integrated Communities
  • Theater and Assembly Facilities
  • Justice Facilities
  • Courthouse / Civic Buildings
  • FF&E / Collateral Equipment Design
  • Historic Preservation
  • Security Design and Consulting
  • Childcare and Family Advocacy Environments
  • Facility Evaluations
  • Master Planning and Programming
  • Task Order Support and On-Call Services
  • Academic & Classroom Buildings
  • Allied Health Buildings & Research
  • Private Universities
  • Student Living & Residential
  • Campus Master Planning
  • Community & Technical Colleges

At NELSON, we are committed to helping you meet your brand and business goals through actionable solutions. With our diverse portfolio of work and integrated skill sets, we offer all the services you need to bring your vision to life.


Our cross-functional team is experienced across all practices, drawing inspiration and knowledge from outside industries to deliver the best outcome for your brand and a differentiated experience for the end-user.

In addition to our services, we also offer in-house engineering through our MBE-certified, sister company Windward Engineers & Consultants.

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