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AIA AZ Awards Gala 2014Team DSC AIA AZ Contractor Award 2014

Jared Bazzell, Kieran Davern, DSC President Jerry Meek, David Schumm, and Jeremy Meek after receiving “The Contractor Award” at the 2014 AIA Arizona Design Awards Gala

Team DSC® continued to break new ground as winner of the 2014 “Contractor Award” from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Arizona. The award honors a firm that exemplifies the vital role of the Contractor in bringing good design to reality through innovation, technology, craftsmanship, teamwork, and dedication.

“By honoring a custom luxury builder like Desert Star Construction, we reward those who work well with our members and lead as a shining example for commercial and residential contractors to follow,” stated Tina Litteral, AIA Arizona Executive Vice President.

DSC President Jerry Meek accepted the award on behalf of Desert Star Construction during the ‘Celebrate Architecture’ 2014 Design Awards Gala being held at the Hotel Valley Ho on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

“Our mission is to build homes, relationships, and exceptional experiences that will last a lifetime. We are relentless in our pursuit of excellence, which results in the superior quality of every home we build and the extraordinary relationships we forge with our clients, partners, and organizations like AIA Arizona. Architects, together with talented designers, artisan craftspeople, and trusted vendors, remain integral to the success of our vision. We’re here to serve our clients to the best of our abilities, and we simply couldn’t do it without the support of an incredible team,” stated Meek.

Team DSC AIA AZ Contractor Award 2014

To exemplify the award’s criteria of excellence in innovation, technology, and design, DSC has remained at the forefront of sustainable luxury construction for over three decades by being the first custom home builder in Arizona to employ a LEED for Homes Accredited Professional and achieving a total of 16 LEED certified custom projects throughout the state. They built the first LEED certified home in Paradise Valley, the first LEED certified home in Silverleaf utilizing geothermal technology, the first Net Zero Energy luxury home in Paradise Valley, and led the renovation of the historic landmark El Chorro Lodge, resulting in the first LEED Gold Certified full-service restaurant in Arizona.

In addition, DSC launched an award-winning website ( and developed proprietary custom budgeting and concierge service software together with a variety of mobile applications including iDSC®, the Team DSC® Mobile Application. Each tool is designed and optimized specifically to improve productivity and add direct value to the building process.

DSC also demonstrates excellence in leadership, teamwork, and dedication through their continuing education program that supports team members who wish to complete their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, develop professional skills such as a second or third language, and achieve specialized certifications in areas including sustainable building, construction management, project management, OHSA, and architectural design.

In order to win the award, Desert Star Construction was evaluated for its career contribution to quality design, innovations in construction technology and project delivery, excellent and consistent workmanship, and exemplary coordination, teamwork, and dedication.  


Jerry Meek pictured with Mark Kramer and AIA Mark Candelaria