Mission Critical

Over 1,000,000 square feet of critical facilities design experience
Mission critical data center

NELSON has structured a global team of mission critical experts covering the key elements of planning, design, sustainability, and project management.

With over 1,000,000 square feet of critical facilities design experience, we have a far-reaching familiarity of Data Centers, Telecom, Call Centers, Control Centers, and Internet POP sites as well as a number of critical infrastructure support facilities.

Key to any successful Mission Critical project is an understanding that the design cycle is unlike other typical facilities projects. Clear communication and established practices minimize project conflicts, and provide a resolution road map when the occasional problem arises.

NELSON’s Team is managed by senior staff committed to achieving project goals. These firm leaders draw on their experience to address significant project matters such as code review; material selection standards; drawing and specifications controls; review of construction documents; and shop drawing review procedures.

Our proactive approach to project management allows for constant incorporation of best practices. We are committed to constantly improving the process and completing projects on time and on budget.

For Mission Critical projects, NELSON recommends considering five elements in total rather than individually:

  • Data Centers
  • Call Centers
  • Trading Floors
  • Control Centers
  • Telecom Switching
  • Green Power Generation

NELSON Insights

CREATING innovative design

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Capital One selected NELSON to help them design their Rolling Meadows location. The NELSON team worked with Capital One’s Design Team and Key Leaders to create their vision of an urban chic work environment.



Creating NEw Opportunities

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Effective November 1, 2016, AAI Design has merged operations with NELSON. The fourth merger on the west coast for NELSON, this deal brings the regional count to over 80 and brings the total number of west coast offices to five.



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NELSON announced its intent to launch TAMI (Technology, Advertising & Media, and Information Business) Practice Area. 


FOCUSING on music and design

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Looking for a fresh new concept that not only captured elements of the music industry but also the city of Minneapolis, Pandora Internet Radio turned to NELSON to provide interior design services for the renovation of their existing office in the IDS Tower.


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NELSON and Veenendaal Cave, Inc. Officially Join Operations, establish the Southeastearn USA as a “Super Region”.


NELSON and Veenendaal Cave, Inc. Join Operations


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Fieldglass commissioned NELSON to redesign space with a focus on the creation of a more collaborative work environment allowing for a more efficient workflow.

Fieldglass Inc


creating design that "takes off" 

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Gogo commissioned NELSON to create a final workplace solution that would allow for aggressive growth and flexibility while considering new ways of working in a collaborative space.