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High profile renovation

image Grace Grego Maxwell Mental Health Unit at DCMC nurses’ station

AUSTIN - Sabre Commercial was started in 2008 and founded on the principle that people matter. Homegrown in Austin, co-founders John Cyrier, Matt Lutz and Todd Reimers wanted to build a client-focused commercial construction company that honored and partnered with the best local industry talent.




    They set out to earn a reputation for quality work; safe and well run job sites and ethical business practices.
    Specializing in corporate office, healthcare, higher education, and industrial in both interior and new construction, Sabre Construction was a natural fit for the high profile renovation and addition to create the Grace Grego Maxwell Mental Health Unit at DCMC. The project took 10 months to complete at an approximate cost of $6,000,000.
    The project scope included the complete renovation of the third floor into a rehabilitation gym and staff office area and the conversion of the second floor into a pediatric behavioral health unit. A 2,000sf ground-up annex was built off the existing hospital. It houses several offices, exam rooms and a separate entrance and new reception waiting area.
    For the annex addition, Sabre re-used stone from the existing structure and applied a new stucco veneer. Modifications were made to the Healing Garden to allow private access for their patient population. A number of parking spots near the front of the annex entrance were also incorporated to allow easy access to arriving patients.
    Interior construction included steel framing and impact resistant sheetrock. The exterior consisted of slab on grade steel structure with a masonry exterior. Due to the nature of the space, the project was fully outfitted in specialized anti-ligature hardware, furniture, and equipment to ensure for the safety off all occupants as well as the installation of impact resistant sheetrock to allow for the longevity of use. 
    With all work being completed in an active hospital, extreme care and attention was paid to allow for the continuous operation without disturbing hospital staff and patients. As with all healthcare projects, infection control was held to an extremely high standard. Negative air pressure was maintained to isolate the construction site from the functioning hospital. Cleanliness was of upmost importance.
    Seeking a LEED Gold certification, Sabre Commercial worked hand-in-hand with the hospital to ensure all of the proper documentation was maintained. All waste and recycled content was meticulously tracked. The Sabre team participated in a meticulous submittal process to ensure all items were installed exactly as specified to maintain status. 
    Because of Sabre’s longstanding relationship with the owner and architect, having completed many projects with the same team, it allowed for a cohesive and productive project from the start. Sabre Commercial Project Manager Matt Sitterle and Superintendent Michael Salmeron oversaw the project designed by Polkinghorn Group Architects. Open lines of communications were maintained throughout allowing Sabre to work through problems efficiently as they arose.
    Sabre Commercial is a full-service general contractor in Austin, TX. -cmw

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