Easy to Work With, Innovative Solutions, & Integrated Project Delivery

Our inspiration and drive comes from our core values.
We value satisfied and repeat clients.
We value client-centered design.
We value open communication and collaboration.

In The News

What our Clients are saying…

  • Benefis Health System, Endoscopy Center Relocation, Great Falls Montana

    Benefis Health System’s renovated Endoscopy Lab has a completely modern and appealing look and feel. In my job, I see hundreds of hospitals, many of whom still adopt the traditional, institutional feel. I found it refreshing to see a hospital move towards designing with such ascetically pleasing colors and finishes. Healthcare must continue to move towards improving the patient experience.


    Joe MerrillMontana State Health Inspector
  • Benefis Eastview Memory Care, Great Falls, Montana

    I worked closely with Ryan Smith on a major renovation to our Senior Care Center. Ryan and the design team jumped right in and quickly turned around the construction documents in a time frame that exceeded our expectations. The team’s attention to detail and accuracy with cost estimation and monitoring of the total project budget led us in the right direction on key decisions even during construction. Prior to joining Nelson Architects, I worked with Ryan on the Operating Room and Catheterization Lab addition and renovation at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Montana. Ryan’s design skills helped us create a very user-friendly design with a focus on employee efficiencies while ensuring that all the infrastructure was in the right place for staff. I would highly recommend Ryan Smith and Nelson Architects for any healthcare related architectural design services.

    GUNNAR VANDERMARSFacilities Director, Benefis Health System
  • Highland Park Elementary School Addition, Havre Montana

    We were so pleased to have an architect firm who understands that a high quality project goes far beyond design. Nelson Architects provided not only their design skills, but guided us through the CM@Risk process, keeping us well informed at all times. They are truly a full-service firm with superior knowledge of design as well as extensive knowledge of the construction process. Nelson Architects is a firm that goes above and beyond to deliver a high quality product. As a result our project was both on time and on budget.

    SHAD HUSTONChair, Board of Trustees for Havre Public Schools
  • Missouri River Courthouse

    The project was a great success in that I feel everybody’s goals were met or exceeded. Dale Nelson of Nelson Architects helped immeasurably in the understanding of the actual requirements to build the project and they were involved from pre-constructions right through to the Grand Opening.

    MARK VISOCANVice President, Sletten Construction Company
  • Taco John’s, Franklin Apartments Remodel, and Havre Highland Park Elementary School

    We have completed several successful projects together –major new builds as well as renovations and add-ons – due in large part to the skill and professionalism of Dale Nelson of Nelson Architects. Nelson Architects understands how important it is to involve the construction team early in the process to create a quality project. We value the opportunity to work in this type of relationship.

    ED VENETZVice President, Dick Anderson Construction, Inc.
  • Eagles Manor Joint Venture – Cullen Architects and Nelson Architects

    The design was completed by Nelson Architects in conjunction with Cullen Architects of Helena. These designers were good to work with and prompt in resolving problems that are encountered with remodels and unforeseen conditions. It is a good job when the architects, owner, and contractors all works as a team in a cooperative manner. This job was a good experience for us and we would welcome working with these two architects again.

    JIM LAKEVice President, Swank Enterprises

Services We Provide.


  • Pre-Design Services
  • Building Evaluation / Due Diligence
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Land Planning
  • Master Planning
  • Programming
  • Site Selection, Analysis & Planning
  • Permit and Zoning Approvals
  • Project Management & Project Scheduling
  • ADA Compliance Studies & Recommendations
  • Adaptive Re-use and Modification
  • Green Building – Energy Use Evaluations, Site & Building Orientation Studies, Recycle Content Materials, LEED Certification 
  • Construction Administration


  • Workplace Evaluations & Facility Assessments
  • Space Planning & Standards
  • Prototype & Concept Design
  • Sustainable Design Strategies
  • Furniture, Materials, & Finish Selection
  • Graphics & Signage
  • ADA Requirement Implementation


  • Pre-Construction Services
  • Design Review & Evaluation
  • Value Engineering
  • Bidding / Construction Negotiation
  • Contractor & Sub-contractor Oversight & Scheduling
  • Cost Estimating & Control
  • Quality Assurance


  • Source Funding Advice (e.g. federal/state; historical tax credits; CTEP; HUD)
  • Project Programming, Scope & Cost Analysis (i.e. Preliminary Architectural Reports)
  • Review Preliminary Design Plans
  • Site Selection and Site Analysis
  • Project Proforma
  • Feasibility Studies and Recommendations
  • Historic Preservation