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Sabre Commercial’s client focus enables the Austin, Texas-based company to secure repeat projects and continue to grow.
By Jim Harris
For Sabre Commercial‘s founding partners, establishing a company at the onset of the Great Recession in 2008 reinforced the value of establishing close relationships with clients. During the company’s early years, it relied on a handful of clients in the Austin, Texas, commercial construction market.
“The genesis of the company was really our desire to go out on our own and provide a high level of service and relationship-driven business practices more than anything else,” COO Todd Reimers says. Reimers and partners John Cyrier and Matt Lutz co-founded the company after working for other real estate and construction-related companies. “Initially, we focused on tenant improvements and interior build-outs, because that’s what we did the most of in the past. In 2008, there were very few ground-up opportunities in Austin because of the uncertainty in the economy and the inability to secure funding from lenders.”
Sabre Commercial’s initial projects were so well received by its clients that it was retained for additional, larger projects after they were completed. Today, the company continues to specialize in Class A office interior tenant improvement projects and also completes ground-up projects in the commercial, higher education and healthcare sectors, as well as biotech. “We see every job as a chance for us to develop a client for the long-term, so when we finish we’re the first person they’ll want to call for the next project,” he adds.
The company serves the central Texas market. Sabre is headquartered in Austin, with projects located in the area between New Braunfels to Killeen. In addition to its main office in Austin, Sabre Commercial operates a satellite location in San Marcos, Texas.
Sabre Commercial’s ongoing projects reflect its focus on client service and quality. The company will complete construction on The Range, a 51,500-square-foot indoor gun range near IH-35 and Slaughter Lane in Austin. The $10 million, two-story tilt-wall building will house 37 indoor shooting lanes, three classrooms, a full-service retail and gunsmith shop and a cafe and restaurant area. The facility will also include an upstairs VIP lounge with private meeting rooms, a VIP pistol range and a walk-in humidor. Work on the project began last September. The project architect is Clayton and Little.
When it opens its doors, the facility will be one of the best shooting ranges in the country. “This is a very high-finish, very beautiful project that will be a wonderful showpiece for Austin,” Marketing Coordinator Kelly Maxwell says.
Sabre Commercial’s recently completed projects include a 28,000-square-foot office build-out on the first and fourth floors of Austin’s 21-story San Jacinto Center office building for client TechSpace. The project, designed by Page Architects, includes 8,000 square feet event of co-working and event space featuring 25-foot-high ceilings with wall-to-wall windows, dedicated conference rooms, community lounge areas, a full kitchen and an outdoor deck. The fourth floor delivers 20,000 square feet of modern, collaborative private office suites for entrepreneurs, startups and small to mid-size businesses.
The company is assisted on all of its projects by a number of area subcontractors. “Our subcontractors are a very big part of our success,” Reimers says. “It is important our subcontractors feel they are part of our team so together we can deliver projects we are proud of and that our clients are satisfied in.”
“We try to treat all of our subs the way we’d want to be treated,” he adds. “Without their willingness to work for us, it would be hard for us to continue to be competitive.”
An Evergreen Company
Sabre Commercial continues to grow its customer base. The company was recently named one of the region’s 50 fastest-growing companies by the Austin Business Journal.
The company’s past honors include being named one of the region’s “best places to work” for three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014, as well as receiving the 2016 Outstanding Construction Safety Award from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. Reimers attributes these recognitions to the work of the company’s staff and executive team. In addition to the founding partners of Cyrier, Lutz and Reimers, Sabre Commercial’s partners include Mark McDonald and Evan Spaulding. Spaulding was named partner earlier this year.
Although the vision of Sabre Commercial’s partners is the key to its success, the company is not directly named for one of its founders or team members. The name Sabre was chosen “as an ideal symbol of commitment to the principle of responsibility and trust,” and in recognition of Cyrier’s father, a Marine during the Korean War. The elder Cyrier told his son that when he heard the F86 Sabre jets overhead, “he knew they were protected and good things were happening,” the company says.
The symbolism of its name reflects Sabre Commercial’s goal to exist far beyond the retirement of its founders. “Our goal is to create an evergreen company that will be here and serving the community for many generations to come,” Reimers says.