Solving Hawaii’s Housing Crisis
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The sunset view from Koko Head towards Hanauma Bay and Honolulu illuminates the essence of our island homes and our professional world – the built and natural environments where land and ocean meet.

Solving Hawaii’s Housing Crisis
Learn more

Solving Hawaii’s Housing Crisis
Learn more

The sunset view from Koko Head towards Hanauma Bay and Honolulu illuminates the essence of our island homes and our professional world – the built and natural environments where land and ocean meet.

The sunset view from Koko Head towards Hanauma Bay and Honolulu illuminates the essence of our island homes and our professional world – the built and natural environments where land and ocean meet.

SSFM International is a professional consulting firm providing planning,
project management, construction management, civil engineering,
structural engineering, traffic engineering, and strategic services.

SSFM International is a professional consulting firm providing planning, project management, construction management, civil engineering, structural engineering, traffic engineering, and strategic services.

Island Experts

Island Experts

Our practice on the Islands spans over half a century.
We know the islands. We know the people, the places, the customs,
the cultures, and the challenges of bringing projects to life here.
We are Island Experts.

Our practice on the Islands spans over half a century. We know the islands. We know the people, the places, the customs, the cultures, and the challenges of bringing projects to life here.
We are Island Experts.

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SSFM Issues

Solving Hawaii’s Housing Crisis

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.

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.

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.

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.

About Dean Uchida

Dean Uchida is SSFM’s practice leader for real estate. His expertise in land use laws, project entitlement and land management comes from over three decades or working with private corporations and public agencies on projects throughout the Islands. His professional engagements have included a 20 year tenure with the Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources as a District Manager for the Island of Oahu. He was a supervising land agent, executive assistant to the chairperson, and administrator responsible for the management of all state owned lands and engineering services including water development, flood control and safety programs as well as the geothermal program.

He was also Executive Director for the Land Use Research Foundation and a Vice President at D.R. Horton, responsible for the entitlements and government agreements.

Dean has a bachelor degree in Physical Geography from the University of Oregon and advanced degrees in Geography/Natural Resource Management from the University of Hawaii, and Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Dean is the current President of Building Industry Association of Hawaii.

Dean Uchida is SSFM’s practice leader for real estate. His expertise in land use laws, project entitlement and land management comes from over three decades or working with private corporations and public agencies on projects throughout the Islands. His professional engagements have included a 20 year tenure with the Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources as a District Manager for the Island of Oahu. He was a supervising land agent, executive assistant to the chairperson, and administrator responsible for the management of all state owned lands and engineering services including water development, flood control and safety programs as well as the geothermal program.

He was also Executive Director for the Land Use Research Foundation and a Vice President at D.R. Horton, responsible for the entitlements and government agreements.

Dean has a bachelor degree in Physical Geography from the University of Oregon and advanced degrees in Geography/Natural Resource Management from the University of Hawaii, and Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Dean is the current President of Building Industry Association of Hawaii.

Services

Our purpose is to find ways for our clients to succeed.
We manage complex projects from concept and planning, through design and construction,
navigating procedural and logistical hurdles to realize highly effective conclusions.

Services

Our Services

Our purpose is to find ways for our clients to succeed. We manage complex projects from concept and planning, through design and construction, navigating procedural and logistical hurdles to realize highly effective conclusions.

Markets

As one of Hawaii’s most diverse and comprehensive professional planning and design practices,
our portfolio includes a variety of project types in multiple markets.

Markets

Markets

As one of Hawaii’s most diverse and comprehensive professional planning and design practices, our portfolio includes a variety of project types in multiple markets.

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