Construction & Design Industry Luncheon – The DPP Revamp: An Update from the Mayor and Director including New Initiatives

Abstract:

The State of Hawaii has been very fortunate during the past two years to keep the construction industry engaged despite unprecedented lockdowns and closures that have greatly impacted nearly every other sector of the economy. With the construction and design segment largely untouched, thousands of AECO professionals across the state have remained employed and there have been many projects in the pipeline with much needed capital. Unfortunately, many projects on Oahu have been prevented from putting shovels in the ground due to permitting roadblocks.

The City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting has been challenged by a federal investigation and internal audits of third-party code reviewers, while also having to address critical staffing shortages and upgrade outdated software. This has led to extraordinary permitting delays that cost the industry valuable time while it also struggles with unprecedented inflation and supply issues.

In this first of its kind industry-wide luncheon, Mayor Rick Blangiardi and DPP Director Dean Uchida bring us up to date on the current overhaul and major improvements the City is implementing to make the DPP a more responsive and vital part of the construction team, and to keep construction moving in the City and County of Honolulu. Hear from the Mayor about the City’s affordable housing initiatives, too.

PBX21 looks forward to bringing together professionals from across Hawaii’s construction and design industry for this important event, co-presented by AIA Honolulu, Building Industry Association of Hawaii and General Contractors Association of Hawaii.

Track: N/A

Session #: Lunch

Date: January 26, 2022

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: Show Floor Seminar Room

AIA CEUs: N/A

Presented by: AIA Honolulu, BIA-Hawaii and

GCA of Hawaii

Track: N/A

Session #: Lunch

Date: January 26, 2022

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: Show Floor

Seminar Room

AIA CEUs: N/A

Presented by: AIA Honolulu,

BIA-Hawaii and GCA of Hawaii

Presenters:

Rick Blangiardi
Mayor, City & County of Honolulu
Dean Uchida
Director, City & County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting

Moderator:

Glen Kaneshige
President, Nordic PCL Construction Inc.
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