Meet Our Team: Jay Stein

Employee of the Month - Feb 2021

Jay Stein, Project Manager

Having been in the building trades for over 31 years, Jay brings a wealth of experience to MainStreet Design Build. He is known throughout the industry for accuracy, a commitment to craftsmanship, and a keen ability to build a job in his head during the design process, foreseeing potential constructability issues. 

Jay’s long, respectable career started in high school when he took a job as a laborer for a local home builder. After being exposed to the various building trades, he quickly developed a serious passion for structure, proportion, and geometry. After graduation and working a few years for a carpentry subcontractor, he successfully completed an official apprenticeship qualification to become a journeyman and obtained a builder’s license. Jay soon parlayed his passion and talent into a successful career working for union commercial contractors and trying his hand at bridge-building. He also ran crews across the country on very large multi-million-dollar infrastructure projects as a carpenter foreman and eventually a general foreman overseeing all structural trades. 

After a decade of traveling, getting married, and having 2 children, he came back to residential construction, working as a residential rough carpenter foreman building high end, and sometimes very complex, luxury homes.  After 31 years of hard physical labor, he went back to school and earned an AAS in Architecture. Aside from his constant desire to learn and explore new things, this knowledge and experience were exactly what he hoped to bring to a top Design-Build contractor like MainStreet. 

When asked what he finds most rewarding in his job, Jay replied “Completing a project with a high level of craftsmanship where the smallest details, often overlooked, are noticed. There is great personal satisfaction in not only building a quality structure with fine finishes but also building relationships with all the people involved in the process; including the client.”

Jay’s long list of certifications throughout his career includes those in rigging, structural welding, inspections (an Inter-NACHI home inspection certification), and most importantly safety. 

In his spare time during the winter months, you will find Jay reading, sketching, or relaxing with his wife and kids. In the summer months, he spends the majority of his free time outdoors kayaking, fishing, camping, or relaxing with his family in their backyard oasis. One of his family’s favorite things to do on a Sunday is taking a road trip to nearby towns or a quick trip down a country road looking for interesting natural or fabricated architecture. 

One of Jay’s favorite charities is Habitat for Humanity. It’s always a pleasure to give a helping hand rather than just a handout. He likes to look back on some of the projects and neighborhoods that he built together with others. It’s wonderful to see the pride in ownership.  As Jay humbly states, “Building structures isn’t about donning a tool belt or a laptop, it’s about building relationships.”

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Phone: (248) 644-6330
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MainStreet Design Build
555 South Old Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009

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M thru F, 9AM to 5PM

Serving Birmingham, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Pleasant Ridge, and select areas of Metro Detroit.

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Just a note to commend you on a job well done. We now have our dream kitchen! Your crew was great to work with. They were professional, trustworthy and hard working.
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