About

DesignBuild Solutions

Our in-house subsidiary company, DesignBuild Solutions, integrates architectural services with construction capabilities.

Our History

Building a company. Changing a skyline. 

Arthur H. Neumann, born in 1884 in Des Moines, knew as a boy his calling was that of a builder. The Arthur H. Neumann Company was formed in 1912 by Arthur H. Neumann and quickly became one of the largest general contracting firms in the state. Together with his brothers - Walter, Harold and Oscar - Arthur and the firm his family founded would ultimately build some of the most well-known buildings in Des Moines, Ames, Iowa City and beyond. 

The vision, skill, and attention to detail that have always distinguished construction performed by the Neumann family have now been embraced by a dedicated, professional team of Neumann construction experts. As Neumann Brothers continues to grow, the personal commitment, pride and integrity, championed by the original Neumann family, comprise the foundation upon which the extended "family" of Neumann construction professionals continues to deliver building excellence to its expanding list of clients.




First Generation

Some of Neumann's first generation projects (list is not all inclusive):

  • Iowa's first skyscraper: The Equitable Building
  • Iowa State University Memorial Union
  • Childs Hall at Des Moines College
  • Bankers Life Home Office Building
  • Iowa - Des Moines National Bank Building

Second Generation

The next generation of Neumann builders continued the family tradition with more noteworthy projects that changed the local skyline, incorporating the firm as Neumann Brothers, Inc. in 1976.

  • Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
  • American Republic Insurance
  • Ruan Center Des Moines
  • Marriott Hotel
  • Des Moines Botanical Center

Third Generation

Today's staff includes third-generation family Neumanns plus non-family members who bring diverse expertise to the table. Modern showpiece projects include:

  • Employer's Mutual Casualty Company
  • The Iowa Speedway
  • Camp Dodge Armed Forces Readiness Center
  • The Iowa State Capitol Restoration
  • Iowa Judicial Building
  • Grinnell College, Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center
  • The Science Center of Iowa and Blank IMAX Dome Theater
  • Des Moines University Student Education Center

In 2000, DesignBuild Solutions, L.C. was established to provide design services under the umbrella of Neumann Brothers, Inc. The group offers clients a single source of responsibility for the entire design-build process. The staffs of Neumann Brothers and DesignBuild Solutions work together under the same roof to offer immediate and responsive service.

Nearly 100 years after Arthur Neumann opened his business, his core values, personal commitment, pride, and integrity remain the cornerstone of Neumann Brothers' approach to construction.