SSFM Focus

The breadth of our practice allows our professionals to engage
in a variety of concerns that challenge Hawaii’s built and natural environments.
SSFM Focus explores issues, insights and the way we are making a difference.

Focus

The breadth of our practice allows our professionals to engage in a variety of concerns that challenge Hawaii’s built and natural environments. SSFM Focus explores issues, insights and the way we are making a difference.

SSFM supports Ronald McDonald House. 

SSFM supports Ronald McDonald House. 

“We haven't given our beaches the room they need to naturally maintain themselves." Beachapedia August 2019 SSFM supports Ronald McDonald House    Michael Matsumoto, President of SSFM International presents Jerri Chong, President of Ronald McDonald House Charities, a...

Lessons for providing local housing from Singapore and Hong Kong.

Lessons for providing local housing from Singapore and Hong Kong.

SSFM Focus SSFM Focus The tour of Singapore and Hong Kong was organized by State Senator Stanley Chang, Chair of the State Senate Housing Committee. Understanding that Hawaii needs to build its way out of the current housing crisis Senator Chang introduced legislation...

We’re Hiring! Consider a Position with SSFM International

We’re Hiring! Consider a Position with SSFM International

This story shows an important face of the company, shining a light on its humanity and its nurturing values. March 2019 Consider a Position at SSFM Aloha Homes https://bit.ly/2MTNWS3 Download the pdf Consider a Position at SSFM https://bit.ly/2MTNWS3 Download the pdf...

SSFM’s Melissa White hosts APBP Micromobility panel discussion.

SSFM’s Melissa White hosts APBP Micromobility panel discussion.

"The only losers are single occupancy cars." Anne Brask, JUMP August 2019 SSFM’s Melissa White hosts APBP Micromobility panel discussion   Micromobility is one of the fastest growing movements in the world of transportation. SSFM Senior Planner Melissa White recently...

The SSFM team bonding over a boba break in the lounge.

The SSFM team bonding over a boba break in the lounge.

“The government has known for over 50 years that burning fossil fuels would cause climate change. And they don't dispute that we are in a danger zone on climate change." Kelsey Juliana August 2019 Boba Break   The SSFM team loves a boba break in the lounge. We like to...

Waikiki beaches get money to address erosion and damaged seawalls.

Waikiki beaches get money to address erosion and damaged seawalls.

“Waikiki locals say that just 5 years ago this was a beach that went out twice as far as it is today.” June 2019 $13M to fix Waikiki beaches With the rising sea level and unusually high tides, Waikiki beaches are faced with erosion problems that are damaging seawall...

Locating affordable housing near jobs lessens urban congestion.

Locating affordable housing near jobs lessens urban congestion.

“The disconnection of place of residence and workplace plays an important role in ... cities’ traffic problems." TomTom Navigation Co. August 2019 Traffic and Income Inequality   One proven answer to urban congestion and paralyzing traffic is placing affordable...

An effective way to combat climate change guilt when flying.

An effective way to combat climate change guilt when flying.

“Last year, Americans flew a record high 1.5 trillion miles, and carbon emissions from jet-fuel have been increasing 4% per year. Global air travel is expected to nearly double in the next 20 years." Jet Set Off-Set August 2019 Feel Better About Flying   When you're...

SSFM’s team takes Biki bikeshare system for a test drive.

SSFM’s team takes Biki bikeshare system for a test drive.

"Biki has a higher average of female riders than most bikeshare systems in the nation at 44%, compared to 30% or less." Todd Boulanger, executive director of Bikeshare Hawaii August 2019 Testing Biki   Here's the SSFM team out for a Biki test drive! Biki Hawaii is now...

Local high schools get grants from SSFM for their tiny houses.

Local high schools get grants from SSFM for their tiny houses.

“The government has known for over 50 years that burning fossil fuels would cause climate change. And they don't dispute that we are in a danger zone on climate change." Kelsey Juliana August 2019 Waipahu High School Tiny House is the Winner!    We’re excited to...

View how your area will be affected by global warming.

View how your area will be affected by global warming.

“The government has known for over 50 years that burning fossil fuels would cause climate change. And they don't dispute that we are in a danger zone on climate change." Kelsey Juliana August 2019 Hawaii Sea Level Rise Viewer   The impact of the sea level rise on the...

SSFM’s response to the unprecedented Big Island dual disasters.

SSFM’s response to the unprecedented Big Island dual disasters.

The entire SSFM team was on call 24/7 throughout the crisis. Robyn Ito recalls “For us, the phone didn’t stop ringing just because it was a Saturday or Sunday, 6 o’clock in the morning, or 9 o’clock at night.” March 2019 Two Unprecedented Disasters at Once First the...

Q&A with Melissa White on bike-friendly, walkable places.

Q&A with Melissa White on bike-friendly, walkable places.

"Sometimes it just takes a different angle, such as looking to the past to identify economic infrastructure that can be updated for the future, or involving young people in devising innovative solutions and projects." January 2019 Walk Bike Places Melissa White,...

SSFM’s Dean Uchida discusses ways to increase affordable housing.

SSFM’s Dean Uchida discusses ways to increase affordable housing.

"The fact that the median price of a home on Oahu just hit $810,000 can be directly attributed to the shortage of residential product. That, in large part, results from construction of housing not keeping pace with need. It’s simple supply and demand." December 2018...

The many ways SSFM is supporting the educational community.

The many ways SSFM is supporting the educational community.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to make a small contribution to the premier organization providing risk management and business practices for Structural Engineers.” August 2019 SSFM’s Commitment to Education In a previous Focus posting, we announced our financial...

SSFM’s funds University of Hawaii scholarships and fellowships.

SSFM’s funds University of Hawaii scholarships and fellowships.

“Supporting the next generation of engineers and planners is one of our key commitments to our profession and our community.”  Michael Matsumoto, SSFM President/CEO August 2019 SSFM’s Funds University of Hawaii Scholarships and Fellowships The University of Hawaii,...