Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN

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7180 Commerce Circle West
Fridley, MN 55432

What is Cocoon? How is Cocoon different? What separates Cocoon from other contractors?

Cocoon is a performance-based, results-oriented thought process for maximizing energy solutions for existing (retrofit) residential homes. Kinzler team experts, trained and certified in the Cocoon philosophy, take a holistic view of the home as a system. We perform state-of-the-art tests to understand how your home is functioning. We use the test results to prescribe a prudent scope of work, avoiding unintended consequences that often occur without careful consideration of how a home’s systems interact with each other. Finally, we verify quality by performing post testing, ensuring your comfort, health and safety and the long-term durability of your home. Click here to learn more about Cocoon Home Performance Solutions by Kinzler.

Cocoon History

Cocoon started in 2011 in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with a like-minded group of people passionate about building performance. With their innovative philosophy to harmonize all aspects of the building envelop from cladding and insulation to moisture control and HVAC, Cocoon has built a reputation for solving the most complex performance issues through scopes which not only fixed the performance issue but increased comfort, durability, occupant health and efficiency. Through state-of-the-art scientific diagnostic tests, Cocoon is able to assess a building’s efficiency and apply their knowledge to create solutions that have the greatest impact on overall function.

In August 2014, Kinzler Construction Services acquired Cocoon to bring Kinzler’s resources to the Minneapolis/St. Paul market, while simultaneously supporting the mission of expanding the Cocoon high-performance philosophy to other markets around the country.

History of Kinzler Construction Services, Inc.

Kinzler Construction Services is a 30 year old company that began in a garage with Kevin and Yvonne Kinzler.  Today, Kinzler is recognized as an industry expert with a reputation for superior service and innovation.  Kinzler installs insulation from the largest commercial project to the smallest homeowner attic.  In addition, Kinzler offers a full line of B2B construction products and services for contractors.  Kinzler continues to be family owned and operated with Tanner Kinzler now serving as CEO.  Kinzler has eight locations across the country with Ames, Iowa serving as company Headquarters.  Kinzler currently employs over 300 employees.

Meet the Cocoon Home Performance Team..


  • Rick Cobbs

    Rick Cobbs

    Before joining Cocoon, Rick was a Project Coordinator for the Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC), a 30-year-old Saint Paul-based nonprofit organization that provides energy conservation information, as well as services and programs to residents and communities across Minnesota.  Rick has over six years of experience in the building performance industry that include consulting with builders to ensure durability, health and energy efficiency in new construction; performing HERS, LEED and Energy Star testing, rating and certification; and supervising crews in the installation of energy efficient products for residential clients.  While a student at the University of MN, Rick was also a union waterproofer and ran a summer construction program for high school students.

  • Patrick Kinsel

    Patrick Kinsel

    With over twenty years of experience in the construction industry, Patrick’s passion for building relationships with both customers and vendors is the cornerstone of his dedication to sales. Before joining Kinzler, Patrick worked for Carroll Distributing & Construction Supply out of Lino Lakes, MN, as a Commercial Construction Sales Representative. He has a vast array of experience from personnel and inventory management to implementing new processes and has been instrumental in promoting large customer and sales growth. Patrick is a graduate of the University of St. Mary’s in Winona, MN, and has previously served as the president of the Minnesota Concrete Council, the president of the St. Paul Engineers Society and on the board of directors for the St. Paul Builders Exchange.

  • Clay Carlson

    Clay Carlson

    Clayton began his estimating career at Cocoon shortly after graduating from the University of MN with a degree in Residential Building Science. Clayton and a team of graduate and undergraduate students (OPTI-MN) won top honors on four awards and were widely recognized for the 2014 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Challenge Home Student Design Competition. The 2014 competition had 28 teams from the U.S. and Canada competing to design cost-effective, zero energy homes for mainstream builders.

  • Lonney Olson

    Lonney Olson

    Lonney has over eight years of professional experience in auditing and sales of renewable energy and energy efficiency for residential and commercial customers. Highlights of Lonney’s career prior to joining Cocoon, were launching an energy efficiency division for a local solar energy company and managing a regional sales force for California Green Designs, a pioneer in the design and installation of custom solar electricity arrays for homes and businesses that are safe, reliable and aesthetically pleasing.

  • Tyler Kitzerow

    Tyler Kitzerow

    Tyler is the newest member of the Cocoon estimating team with the distinction of being a part of the award winning design teams (OPTI-MN) for both the 2014 and the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Challenge Home Student Design Competitions. In 2014 he placed with top honors and four awards and in 2015, OPTI-MN was the grand winner out of 33 teams. In addition to bringing academic excellence to Cocoon, Tyler also brings practical hands on experience from various internships spent working in the field as a professional insulation and spray foam installer.

Rick Cobbs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                General Manager                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           952.999.7013

Patrick Kinsel
Sales                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            952.999.7008

Lonney Olson
Sales                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            952.999.7007


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