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 a 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.
Keith transfers his model of thinking through the owner’s perspective into multiple 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 public safety facilities, 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 creating a master schedules as a true team partner.
Having built nearly 50 fire-related 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.
Keith is a graduate of the Arizona Builders Alliance’s Senior Executive Program and is a previous participant of the association’s Leadership Development Forum and sits on the CM Program Advisory Board for Northern Arizona University, and is a member of the GFTA. He also completed FEMA’s Design Security class, a course sponsored by the Phoenix Fire Department, earning a certification to conduct threat assessments for projects to uphold Homeland Security standards.
Keith is married with three children and is a talented wood trim carpenter outside of the office.