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Solving Hawaii’s Housing Crisis

Building more housing is one of the Hawaiian Island’s greatest needs. SSFM’s Dean Uchida is this year’s president of the Building Industry Association Hawaii. In this ThinkTech interview, Dean talks about the restrictions that hinder the creation of more affordable housing and the necessary changes that will allow more homes to be built.

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BIA Hawaii’s leadership on housing issues includes many initiatives. Dean offers additional insights in this Solving Hawaii’s Housing Crisis article on the challenges facing the homebuilding industry.

One of BIA’s recent successes was Honolulu City Council’s approval of Bill 64 which establishes a 60 day time limit to process residential building permits.

December 2018

Solving Hawaii’s Housing Crisis
Building more housing is one of the Hawaiian Island’s greatest needs. SSFM’s Dean Uchida is this year’s president of the Building Industry Association Hawaii. In this ThinkTech interview, Dean talks about the restrictions that hinder the creation of more affordable housing and the necessary changes that will allow more homes to be built.

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BIA Hawaii’s leadership on housing issues includes many initiatives. Dean offers additional insights in this Solving Hawaii’s Housing Crisis article on the challenges facing the homebuilding industry.

One of BIA’s recent successes was Honolulu City Council’s approval of Bill 64 which establishes a 60 day time limit to process residential building permits.

December 2018

SSFM Wins 3 American Planning Association Hawaii Awards

Each year the Hawaii Chapter of the American Planning Association recognizes projects that exemplify the planning profession’s highest goals and ideals. The awards showcase great planning on the Islands and the significant contributions the planning community makes to the State of Hawaii. SSFM has been honored with 3 of only 8 awards presented in 2018.

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Professional planners and engineers from SSFM’s Strategic Services Group were honored for:

Outstanding Planning for their work with the County of Kauai Planning Department in developing the Kauai Kakou: Kauai County General Plan.

Transportation Planning for their work with the County of Hawaii Planning Department in developing the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan.

Community-Based Planning for the Waimanalo Community Values and Priorities for the Future project.

Read more about the American Planning Association Hawai`i Awards

October 2018

SSFM Wins 3 American Planning Association Hawaii Awards
Each year the Hawaii Chapter of the American Planning Association recognizes projects that exemplify the planning profession’s highest goals and ideals. The awards showcase great planning on the Islands and the significant contributions the planning community makes to the State of Hawaii. SSFM has been honored with 3 of only 8 awards presented in 2018.

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Professional planners and engineers from SSFM’s Strategic Services Group were honored for:

Outstanding Planning for their work with the County of Kauai Planning Department in developing the Kauai Kakou: Kauai County General Plan.

Transportation Planning for their work with the County of Hawaii Planning Department in developing the Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan.

Community-Based Planning for the Waimanalo Community Values and Priorities for the Future project.

Read more about the American Planning Association Hawai`i Awards

October 2018

Favorable New Contracting Vehicle Now Available to SSFM’s Federal Clients

GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) for Construction Management (SIN No. 871-7)
SSFM International is proud of all the work we do with various federal departments and agencies in Hawaii and throughout the entire Pacific rim. Now, thanks to a recently announced contract award from the US General Services Administration (GSA), SSFM can provide a full range of construction management services to federal agencies and departments on an accelerated contracting schedule and at favorable, pre-determined rates.

Favorable New Contracting Vehicle Now Available to SSFM’s Federal Clients

GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) for Construction Management (SIN No. 871-7)
SSFM International is proud of all the work we do with various federal departments and agencies in Hawaii and throughout the entire Pacific rim. Now, thanks to a recently announced contract award from the US General Services Administration (GSA), SSFM can provide a full range of construction management services to federal agencies and departments on an accelerated contracting schedule and at favorable, pre-determined rates.

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The GSA has entered into a five-year Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) contract with SSFM for the delivery of Construction Management Services (SIN 871-7). Federal agencies and departments gain several benefits by engaging SSFM to deliver qualifying services included in this MAS contract. Since the contract is already in place, MAS serves as a vehicle to streamline the contracting process, reduce your costs, and speed the delivery of services:

• The cost for services provided is reduced because rates have been pre-negotiated and are based on volume discount pricing.
• Time and cost for contract administration are reduced.
• Agencies do not need to implement formal solicitation proposal processes, which saves time and reduces the risk of award protests.
• Compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and other applicable requirements is assured.

To learn more about SSFM’s MAS contract might benefit your federal agency or department, contact:

Stacey Miyamoto @ Tel: (808) 356-1275 or email: smiyamoto@ssfm.com
Louis Muzzarini @ Tel: (808) 356-1211 or email: lmuzzarini@ssfm.com

September 2018

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The GSA has entered into a five-year Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) contract with SSFM for the delivery of Construction Management Services (SIN 871-7). Federal agencies and departments gain several benefits by engaging SSFM to deliver qualifying services included in this MAS contract. Since the contract is already in place, MAS serves as a vehicle to streamline the contracting process, reduce your costs, and speed the delivery of services:

• The cost for services provided is reduced because rates have been pre-negotiated and are based on volume discount pricing.
• Time and cost for contract administration are reduced.
• Agencies do not need to implement formal solicitation proposal processes, which saves time and reduces the risk of award protests.
• Compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and other applicable requirements is assured.

To learn more about SSFM’s MAS contract might benefit your federal agency or department, contact:

Stacey Miyamoto @ Tel: (808) 356-1275 or email: smiyamoto@ssfm.com
Louis Muzzarini @ Tel: (808) 356-1211 or email: lmuzzarini@ssfm.com

September 2018

Design for the Community

Connecting to our communities is a fundamental commitment of everyone at SSFM. Our people chose to engage in many ways. Lulu Chun, a planner in our Strategic Services Group, recently had the opportunity to give back to her alma mater, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii. Alumni of the Department now have a newly formed chapter of the UH Alumni Association, the DURP Ohana.

Design for the Community
Connecting to our communities is a fundamental commitment of everyone at SSFM. Our people chose to engage in many ways. Lulu Chun, a planner in our Strategic Services Group, recently had the opportunity to give back to her alma mater, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii. Alumni of the Department now have a newly formed chapter of the UH Alumni Association, the DURP Ohana.

Along with her credentials as a planner, landscape architect and urban planner, Lulu has a keen interest in graphic design. Lulu volunteered to design the Chapter’s new identity. “The Hawaiian Islands are unlike any environment on the planet and the logo needed to explicitly say Hawaii,” says Lulu. She chose the taro leaf as the focal visual.

Along with her credentials as a planner, landscape architect and urban planner, Lulu has a keen interest in graphic design. Lulu volunteered to design the Chapter’s new identity. “The Hawaiian Islands are unlike any environment on the planet and the logo needed to explicitly say Hawaii,” says Lulu. She chose the taro leaf as the focal visual.

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The Taro’s Story

Taro is a staple of the Native Hawaiian diet and at the core of the Hawaiian culture. It is one of the best known, important, and reliable plants in all of Polynesia. Hawaiians take a deep pride in its profound history and consider it sacred. Various names for parts of the taro plant indicate its interwoven history with the Hawaiian people: the place where the stem meets the leaf is called the piko, or navel. The stem is the ha, the breath, and the cluster of shoots (or keiki, meaning children) that surround the mother plant are called an ohana, or family. The imagery of the taro’s broad and beautiful heart shaped leaf was a perfect visual metaphor for the Chapter’s identity.

For Lulu, the taro leaf was the embodiment of Hawaii’s sense of place. The orientation and color patterns of her taro leaf represents the unique system of environments Hawaii planners work in: ranging from mauka open space and agricultural lands, to developed urban areas, to expanses of coastline. Her logo embodies the complex and diverse situations planners must be prepared for in Hawaii. Lulu sculpted the shape of the leaf’s top edge to reflect the Island’s mountain ranges.

Lulu was welcomed as an intern at SSFM while pursuing her Master’s and joined the firm upon her graduation. As part of the Strategic Services Group, Lulu is engaged in Honolulu’s Complete Streets programs, utilizing her design skills to create easy-to-understand mobility plans.

April 2018

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The Taro’s Story

Taro is a staple of the Native Hawaiian diet and at the core of the Hawaiian culture. It is one of the best known, important, and reliable plants in all of Polynesia. Hawaiians take a deep pride in its profound history and consider it sacred. Various names for parts of the taro plant indicate its interwoven history with the Hawaiian people: the place where the stem meets the leaf is called the piko, or navel. The stem is the ha, the breath, and the cluster of shoots (or keiki, meaning children) that surround the mother plant are called an ohana, or family. The imagery of the taro’s broad and beautiful heart shaped leaf was a perfect visual metaphor for the Chapter’s identity.

For Lulu, the taro leaf was the embodiment of Hawaii’s sense of place. The orientation and color patterns of her taro leaf represents the unique system of environments Hawaii planners work in: ranging from mauka open space and agricultural lands, to developed urban areas, to expanses of coastline. Her logo embodies the complex and diverse situations planners must be prepared for in Hawaii. Lulu sculpted the shape of the leaf’s top edge to reflect the Island’s mountain ranges.

Lulu was welcomed as an intern at SSFM while pursuing her Master’s and joined the firm upon her graduation. As part of the Strategic Services Group, Lulu is engaged in Honolulu’s Complete Streets programs, utilizing her design skills to create easy-to-understand mobility plans.

April 2018

Wishing You a Prosperous and Joyful New Year

At years end we gather to celebrate the firm’s accomplishments. We pick a culinary theme for a cook-off between our professional groups. This year our theme was Game of Thrones. We’ve gathered the recipes which we offer for your enjoyment throughout the coming year. See our SSFM Cookbook.

January 2018

Wishing You a Prosperous and Joyful New Year
At years end we gather to celebrate the firm’s accomplishments. We pick a culinary theme for a cook-off between our professional groups. This year our theme was Game of Thrones. We’ve gathered the recipes which we offer for your enjoyment throughout the coming year. See our SSFM Cookbook.

January 2018

Civil Engineering Club Wins National Competition

SSFM is committed to improving STEM educational opportunities throughout the Islands. Our professionals are engaged in supporting a variety of science, technology, engineering and math programs at local schools and associations. SSFM’s Wendy McLain and Victor Valdez have just mentored the Civil Engineering Club at Roosevelt High School to a 1st place in the 2016-17 Civil Engineering Club Competition sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Read more about the STEM Civil Engineering Competition

October 2017

Civil Engineering Club Wins National Competition
SSFM is committed to improving STEM educational opportunities throughout the Islands. Our professionals are engaged in supporting a variety of science, technology, engineering and math programs at local schools and associations. SSFM’s Wendy McLain and Victor Valdez have just mentored the Civil Engineering Club at Roosevelt High School to a 1st place in the 2016-17 Civil Engineering Club Competition sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Read more about the STEM Civil Engineering Competition

October 2017

Introducing the SSFM Strategic Services Group

SSFM’s strategic services group engages a number of our core professional disciplines to analyze, plan, entitle, design and implement difficult environmental and real property assignments. The Group is dedicated to optimizing the value and returns of real estate assets through innovative and creative solutions that make complex real estate projects viable.

Strategic Services – What We Do
View our Strategic Services Brochure

June 2017

Introducing the SSFM Strategic Services Group

SSFM’s strategic services group engages a number of our core professional disciplines to analyze, plan, entitle, design and implement difficult environmental and real property assignments. The Group is dedicated to optimizing the value and returns of real estate assets through innovative and creative solutions that make complex real estate projects viable.

Strategic Services – What We Do
View our Strategic Services Brochure

June 2017

Complete Streets in Downtown/Chinatown

Over the next 2 to 4 years, Honolulu will be implementing a Complete Streets program in Downtown and Chinatown. SSFM has had the opportunity to steward the design process and review of the solutions that will be incorporated into the Chinatown improvement plans.

In just three months, we completed data collection and traffic analysis while gathering input and generating awareness and support for the program. We met a challenging accelerated schedule and now look forward to the transformation of these dynamic neighborhoods.

Complete Streets in Downtown/Chinatown White Paper

April 2017

Complete Streets in Downtown/Chinatown
Over the next 2 to 4 years, Honolulu will be implementing a Complete Streets program in Downtown and Chinatown. SSFM has had the opportunity to steward the design process and review of the solutions that will be incorporated into the Chinatown improvement plans.

In just three months, we completed data collection and traffic analysis while gathering input and generating awareness and support for the program. We met a challenging accelerated schedule and now look forward to the transformation of these dynamic neighborhoods.

Complete Streets in Downtown/Chinatown White Paper

April 2017

SSFM’s Commitment to Education

The December 2016 SSFM Focus posting announced our financial backing for the University of Hawaii, Mānoa College of Engineering and College of Social Sciences. Our commitment to education extends well beyond the University.

The SSFM family has long been engaged in wide ranging volunteer efforts in support of education. With our technical and engineering focus, we are particularly dedicated to programs that advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We invite you to learn more about the many ways we are assisting scholastic programs throughout our communities.

SSFM’s Commitment to Education

February 2017

SSFM’s Commitment to Education
The December 2016 SSFM Focus posting announced our financial backing for the University of Hawaii, Mānoa College of Engineering and College of Social Sciences. Our commitment to education extends well beyond the University.

The SSFM family has long been engaged in wide ranging volunteer efforts in support of education. With our technical and engineering focus, we are particularly dedicated to programs that advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We invite you to learn more about the many ways we are assisting scholastic programs throughout our communities.

SSFM’s Commitment to Education

February 2017

SSFM’s Funds University of Hawaii Scholarships and Fellowships

The University of Hawaii, Mānoa College of Engineering and College of Social Sciences is the recipient of a $261,263 contribution from SSFM International, Inc. The money will fund 4 full 4 year undergraduate scholarships in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a 4 year Graduate Fellowship in Urban and Regional Planning.

“Supporting the next generation of engineers and planners is one of our key commitments to our profession and our community,” explains Michael Matsumoto, President/CEO of SSFM. “These scholarships will help make education possible for a number of students and partnering with UH allows SSFM to stay connected to the development of the next generation of design professional.”
Read the University of Hawaii Press Release

December 2016

SSFM’s Funds University of Hawaii Scholarships and Fellowship
The University of Hawaii, Mānoa College of Engineering and College of Social Sciences is the recipient of a $261,263 contribution from SSFM International, Inc. The money will fund 4 full 4 year undergraduate scholarships in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a 4 year Graduate Fellowship in Urban and Regional Planning.

“Supporting the next generation of engineers and planners is one of our key commitments to our profession and our community,” explains Michael Matsumoto, President/CEO of SSFM. “These scholarships will help make education possible for a number of students and partnering with UH allows SSFM to stay connected to the development of the next generation of design professional.”
Read the University of Hawaii Press Release

December 2016