Portfolio: Education


The University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture Renovations

Complete remodel of the fifth and sixth floors at the UT School of Architecture. The fifth floor renovation created three classrooms and a common area. Each classroom features state-of-the-art presentation equipment as well as fully programmable and multi-functional light fixtures. The common area includes adjustable wall panels to create a pin-up gallery for architecture and design students. The sixth floor was renovated to create functional open office space for staff.

As with most University projects, construction was performed within an occupied building and scheduling occurred around class schedules and quiet times.

2018 – Austin AGC Outstanding Construction Award-Winning Project

Photography by Casey Dunn Photography.


Page wins IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Design Excellence Award for UT School of Architecture

Texas Architect, Mixed Media

FAQs – Improvements to the West Mall Building


The University of Texas at Austin, Sanchez Building, Public Area Renovations

Photo of the UT Sanchez Public Area Renovation. Includes seating area and wall of awards.

This high-profile, donor-funded project included the renovation of public areas on the first and second floor of the George Sanchez Building at The University of Texas at Austin campus. It was executed with a fast-track, four-phased summer schedule that allowed completion prior to the start of the fall semester.
The renovation was completed to create open student work areas. Construction scope included abatement, demolition, interior finish carpentry, glass entrances and storefront, along with MEP improvements. The lobby included a faceted wall system with angled walls to display plaques as well as a specialty engineered wood cloud ceiling with integrated lighting.
As is common with work at The University of Texas at Austin Campus, the building remained occupied during the entire construction schedule.

St. Edward’s University, Chapel Renovation

Image of the St. Edward's University Chapel Renovation - Exterior

This project included the partial demolition and historical renovation of the 115 year old Our Lady Queen of Peach Chapel on the active St. Edward’s University campus. The chapel is one of the oldest buildings on the St. Edward’s campus.

The added Campus Ministry Building includes a reception area, community room featuring floor to ceiling windows, conference rooms and offices for the campus staff. Architectural details include the use of MDF doors, galvanized metal fins to deregulate irregular breaks in the HardiePanel siding and detailed finishing throughout. The 65K SF Contemplative Garden upgrade brought in concrete benches as well as a circular steel seep that allows for rainwater collection off of the roof of the chapel.

All work was completed on the fully operational St. Edwards University college campus.

The University of Texas at Austin, Student Union, Events Center Renovation

Wide Angle UT Student Union - Barstools

This 15 week project was commissioned as a way to update a very outdated student events center. The majority of the building remained occupied during construction and Sabre worked in close communication with the current tenants and the university. As we were working in an occupied space with student groups and event teams, our team worked around quiet times, and coordinated with the owner contracted furniture vendor for glass wall installation. Sabre relied on our existing key relationships with building management and occupants to ensure minimal disruption.

Both the original project schedule and budget were met. Some of the more unique items on this project included an ornamental “deer horn” glass chandelier which is one of the centerpieces of the space. Since this project completed we have been awarded many more projects with The University of Texas at Austin, proving that we leave behind very satisfied clients.

2014 – Austin AGC Outstanding Construction Award Winning Project

The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, Active Learning Classrooms

Image of University of Texas, Active Learning Classrooms, Tables with Projectors

This project included the interior renovation of the Business Administration Building at the McCombs School of Business on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

This renovation was designed to replace an existing computer laboratory with classrooms, a security-sensitive student testing center, confidential conference rooms, and upgraded restrooms. The construction included new finishes, programmable ceiling lighting, digital upgrades for the computerized projection on large screens, computerized writing tablets, acoustic wall panels, and a new high-tech sound system. The project transformed the computer lab into a pleasurable learning environment, an environment which can be changed with a press on a touch screen to accommodate the desired light and sound configuration. The testing center is designed to accommodate individual student testing with forty individually isolated desk units, ergonomic table and seating configuration, LED lighting, and constantly-monitored cameras above each testing area to ensure that testing integrity is maintained. The center also includes two ADA-compliant testing areas to accommodate special needs.

The building remained occupied during the entire construction schedule. While this project was scheduled over the summer break for students, in reality, the McCombs School of Business is most active during the summer. Summer classes were conducted both day and evening in areas adjacent to and below the work space. Noise and dust control, as well as constant surveillance of the work site was a steady reminder of the complexity of this project. Parking, deliveries, staging of materials, and work flow required off-hours work over the duration of the schedule.

2014 – Texas AGC Outstanding Construction Award Winning Project

2014 – Austin AGC Outstanding Construction Award Winning Project

The University of Texas at Austin, Perry Castaneda Library, New Learning Commons

Image of University of Texas Perry Castaneda Library Front Desk

The newly created Learning Commons is located in the Perry-Castaneda Library (PCL) building at The University of Texas at Austin campus. The new Learning Commons is open to all students and is located on the entry level of the Library. This project allowed the relocation of existing services and resources and launched new services that enable students to create new knowledge by finding, evaluating, synthesizing and presenting research. The design facilitates productive collaboration among staff working in these learning areas for the benefit of all students and faculty.

The 19,500 square foot renovation was designed to replace the existing library offices to allow for research, writing, digital media lab, oral communications, tutoring and academic support, and statistical consultations. In addition, the space contains technology, instruction, cross-training, and bookable spaces as well as several active learning classrooms and restrooms.

The finished space includes high-end finishes, with some areas having equipment and paint finishes up to the structural floor above, measuring 18 feet tall. Much of the MEP and finishes work was accomplished from scaffolds and motorized lift equipment. The high end lighting and complex IT and audiovisual components uses current technology with both wired and wireless solutions for staff work equipment, classrooms, and lab computer and A/V equipment.

This fast paced, high-end finish Learning Commons has created the state of the art space desired by the University of Texas at Austin. It provides services that will promote learning and research as well as serving the state’s citizens with a modern environment to accomplish it.

2014 – Austin AGC Outstanding Construction Award Winning Project

Creative Action

This wood frame building was created for the local, educational non-profit creative center for local children, Creative Action. Composed of structural steel with a structural masonry wall running the length of the building, this unique building is truly a sight to see.

The space includes classrooms and teaching areas on the first floor with administration and material storage on the second.

The Sabre team was able to lead the Value Engineering process to ensure the project was under budget while still performing up to the owner’s needs. The site constraints, including existing buildings and adjacent railway, meant that Sabre had to coordinate subcontractor schedules to not overload the site.