Sabre Superintendent Jason Lawder feels right at home on a construction job site.
“I like it all—the big equipment, the different trades and all the logistics that go into what it takes to guide a project from nothing to something,” he said. “My grandfather was the superintendent of a shipyard and my dad owned a sign company. A big part of my childhood was spent around large cranes and equipment. It was a great opportunity as a kid to get to climb all over the various equipment and learn how to operate it.”
Jason, who was born in Galveston, has been an Austinite since grade school. His first job in high school was for a sheet metal roofing company. After spending a collective seven years as a project manager and field superintendent at two different local GCs, he brought his skillset to Sabre, where his leadership and efficiency has made him a favorite with both clients and subcontractors.
One of Jason’s favorite projects was 5900 Ben White, a multi-phase 215,000 SF renovation of the old AMD building to ready it for a new tenant, a large healthcare tech company. “Getting to be part of a large, complicated project was great,” he said. “It involved the demolition of a very old, intricate building, with a complex build out that included a commercial kitchen, an auditorium, an extensive network system, and so on. There was always a different and interesting problem to solve.”
Jason recently completed The Village Main, a new building that houses four nonprofit organizations in San Marcos. The social service campus will serve an estimated 30,000 people a year in San Marcos and surrounding rural counties. (See our project highlight on The Village Main, above.)
“Probably what drew me to construction is that I’ve always liked to build things that endure. Down the road I can pass a building we did and enjoy seeing the finished product all over again.
When asked what advice he would give to a budding superintendent, Jason said it was all about respect and communication. “It’s essential to treat everybody on your jobsite and everyone working on your project with respect,” Jason said. “And communication is probably the biggest factor. If you’re unwilling to talk, listen and negotiate, compromise and lead, this job isn’t for you.”
On a personal note, Jason enjoys sushi and a good steak, likes ocean fishing, and prefers his vacations to be tropical and peaceful. In his spare time, he enjoys tinkering in his garage and hanging out with his family—his wife Rachel and their seven-year-old son, Jaxon. He said his father was a big influence in his life. “My Dad inspired me for a long time,” said Jason, “but more than that, he raised me to never stop learning and growing, and that inspires me more than anything.”