Keith Sabia


Keith is from Southern New England’s Fairfield, Conn. Growing up he aspired to be a meteorologist, but his destiny to land in the construction industry was undeniable. Keith’s father is a third-generation stone mason who started Sabia Construction upon his return from WWII, and Keith was born into the industry. While visiting Arizona in 1990, Keith saw great opportunity in the state and region, and began calling Phoenix ‘home’ in 1993.

Keith’s construction experience spans over three decades, first in the field as a project superintendent and then as a senior project manager. Keith eventually landed in the procurement department where he secured and managed pre-construction projects. Keith’s professional experience includes procuring and managing Alternate Project Delivery Method projects, including design-build and CMAR projects, throughout Arizona and the Southwest Region of the United States. His experience has developed a reputation as an elite construction manager within the public safety sector and has built a solid industry network that allows him the ability to help clients develop projects to fit their needs while delivering the maximum value with taxpayer money.

Keith merges his passion and experience for design-build and CMAR projects into a variety of project types but focuses on a very rare and unique niche of fire and public safety projects. He has spent significant time observing the use and greatest value needs of the facilities and has traveled the nation to observe functions, efficiencies, and building methods required to build best-in-class facilities. Having built nearly 50 fire-related projects, Keith has traveled the nation as a consultant, is currently in the GFTA, and attends national conventions to maximize his expertise. This benefits owners during the early stages of the project development.

Keith transfers his model of thinking through the owner’s perspective into other project types, and this investment in a collaborative approach with the architect, facilities and the end-user, coupled with construction best practices and value engineering techniques, results in facilities that provide maximum life-cycle benefits.

At Willmeng, Keith leads a dynamic and diverse team heavily experienced in the public and private sectors, including the active pursuit of charter schools, fire stations, and aviation projects. He works directly with owners, architects, and consultants in an integrated design approach to offer accurate preliminary cost projections, guaranteeing project budgets in the early stages of development and developing a master schedule that incorporates knowledge that only his level of experience in APDM can achieve.

In 2017, Keith completed the Arizona Builders Alliance’s Senior Executive Program and is a previous participant of the association’s Leadership Development Forum. He also sits on the CM Program Advisory Board for Northern Arizona University and provides employment opportunities to graduates of the program. In 2011, he completed FEMA’s Design Security class, a course sponsored by the Phoenix Fire Department, which earned him certification to conduct threat assessments for projects to uphold Homeland Security standards. Keith has put this assessment to use on the Phoenix Fire Dispatch Center, as well as the new City of Phoenix Emergency Operations Center.

Keith is married with three children and is a talented wood trim carpenter outside of the office. His oldest daughter is pursuing a biology degree at Arizona State University. Amanda, his middle daughter will be attending Northern Arizona University to follow her dad’s footsteps in construction. His youngest child is a high school sophomore who also plans to attend NAU.

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