Our Team

Dave Stockdale

Dave Stockdale

Founder, designer, manager

From an early age, Dave has had a passion for visual art and design, and an appreciation for the unique relationship between a home to its surrounding environment. After five years at the University of Minnesota  (three years in the School of Architecture), with a focus on residential design, he decided he needed some serious hands on experience and went to work for a home builder. By 1976 his passion had overtaken him and he started EdgeWork Design Build.

Over the course of 40+ years leading EdgeWork, Dave has found great satisfaction designing many unique projects and collaborating with a variety of accomplished designers and architects on others. But, Dave’s favorite part of the work is listening to client wishes, and discerning the best way possible to fulfill those wishes—in the form of creative solutions that bring lasting joy and satisfaction after the project is completed.

When Dave isn’t at work, he enjoys various forms of exercise including cycling, yoga, and skiing. He also enjoys traveling and exploring the great outdoors, and of course spending time with his  beloved children and grandchildren.

Donella Olson

Donella Olson

Senior designer, remodeling specialist

Donella has been drawing houses since she was about eight years old, fascinated by the connection between spaces and how people live in their homes.  Earning a Specialized Associate of Applied Science in Architectural Design and CAD Technology in 1999 provided a solid foundation in the technical aspects of building construction and precise planning.  For more than 20 years, Donella has been remodeling homes in the Twin Cities and is adept at the business aspects of the remodeling industry, including design, project management, and team leadership.  Clients note that she listens carefully and critically to uncover their needs, offering solutions they were not able to find on their own.  Homeowners often feel she has created the ideal space tailored exactly to them, with very little effort on their part.

Donella is a Certified Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeler (CKBR) with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). She also serves as the NARI MN President for the 2020 term and sits on the Board of Directors from 1999-2021.  She is an award-winning designer who has been interviewed by local publications regarding home design and creating a positive remodeling process.  She believes that every home has the potential to be great; it is the responsibility of great designers and builders to see that potential and succeed in its execution.

When she is not remodeling homes, Donella can be found relaxing with her husband around one of our city lakes or along the North Shore.

 

Kevin Kolb

Kevin Kolb

Project manager

Kevin has been an instrumental part of EdgeWork Design Build since joining us in 2006. Although his college studies were for information technology project management, it didn’t take long for him to find his way into the remodeling industry. By the time he joined EdgeWork, Kevin had acquired significant experience on a variety of types of construction and remodeling projects.

Joining Edgework was a great opportunity for Kevin—and for EdgeWork—as he has been able to bring together what he learned in college with his construction experience to benefit our process and our clients. That combination of knowledge and experience, guided by his dedication and ease in working with people, has made him a great asset.

Kevin’s favorite aspect of being a project manager is the variety of work he gets to do on a daily basis, as well as transforming an old space into someone’s dream space. His most memorable job was his first major whole-house remodel, with a multilevel deck on the nearby lake. Kevin is a family-oriented man and enjoys playing with his kids and coaching their sports teams in his spare time.

Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson

Associate project manager

Chris has a unique background, not common to most working in the field of residential remodeling.  He grew up in Minnetonka and has known Dave and been exposed to EdgeWork DesignBuild for over 20 years but has lived most of that time out of state.  He moved back to Minnesota from New York City in 2015 with his wife and two daughters to be closer to family. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in marine biology.

After managing aquatic biology research projects and educational programs for many years, Chris decided to switch gears and follow his interests in carpentry and home building logistics, working permanently with EdgeWork. Chris enjoys developing relationships with clients and subcontractors and working on finishing touches in beautiful homes.

When Chris isn’t working on remodeling projects, he enjoys spending time with his family, attending his daughters’ sporting events, and diving in the metro area lakes.

 

Jen Palmen

Jen Palmen

Office manager & bookkeeper

Ever since she was young, Jen has had a fascination with design and has always known she would be involved in a profession that included creating and changing things. During the early stages of her professional life, Jen left her hometown in Minnesota and ventured to sunny San Diego to pursue a degree in interior design. While on the west coast, she worked for a custom home builder which sparked an interest in the way an office and its team work together to create beautiful homes.

Throughout the various office-based positions she’s held in both California and Minnesota, Jen has gained superior experience in multiple facets, including office management, bookkeeping, and marketing. She brings this valuable experience and a fresh set of eager eyes to EdgeWork Design Build.

Outside of the office, Jen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, whether it be at the lakes in the summer, camping, hiking, fishing, or rocking out at outdoor concerts.