Sabre Commercial Receives Two Outstanding Construction Awards though Austin AGC

Feb 06, 2014

Sabre Commercial received two Outstanding Construction Awards through the Austin Chapter of the Associated General Contractors for 2013.

The Trail Foundation, Johnson Creek Restrooms, received the award for buildings valued up to $2 million.

The 600 square foot restroom facility was constructed of steel and specialty board formed concrete created by small, tightly spaced boards to create an organic layering while maintaining a monolithic appearance, much like the exposed limestone along the creek bed. Due to the approximated 1.5 million visitors to the Butler Creek Trail a year, it was extremely important that the design minimize maintenance needs for the four stall restroom. We carefully balanced safety and privacy all while factoring in the ambient noise from the freeway overhead. The sink area is unisex and shared in an open, see-and-be-seen space, akin to the Trail itself. Sabre Commercial did the construction “at cost” and donated the profit and fee back to The Trail Foundation.

Image of Trail Foundation Restroom From FrontTo help give an open feel to the facility, a rebar fence was constructed to replicate blades of grass. The concrete walls are made of board formed concrete which required a finish carpenter to be hired to frame the specialty formwork which promoted the natural appearance of the project design. The restrooms boast polished concrete sink tops with an integrated concrete sink, both should stand the test of time and avoid the wear and tear pitfalls associated with a facility that that is exposed to the elements as well as high use. Finally, native landscaping was utilized to help with water conservation.

Even with the unique design, location, and weather conditions the project was completed in 20 weeks. After it was completed, the restroom became another symbol of The Trail Foundation’s hard work and dedication to Austin’s active, nature-centered, culture.


The St. David’s Medical Center Atrium Water Feature received the award for Specialty Construction.

Image of St. David's Atrium Water WallThis project included the atrium water feature addition to the atrium within the operational St. David’s Medical Center. The project consisted of structural steel, heavy gauge framing, mold resistant sheathing, limestone panels, limestone veneer, and a custom acrylic water wall panel. Due to the active nature of the hospital, special attention was given to ensure that patient safety and infection control wasn’t compromised. A hard temporary wall was constructed around the construction site to keep dust contained and patients and staff out. Negative pressure was obtained by HEPA negative air machines.

Image of carved stone at St. David's Atrium WaterwallBefore on site construction ever began, Stuart Simpson, owner of Austin Stone Carving spent 12 months carving the limestone by hand. The relief carvings depicting Christ healing the follower and the Caduceus symbol were entirely carved by hand from a flat slab of limestone. The stone used on the project is Cordova Cream Texas Limestone quarried near Liberty Hill, Texas.

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