The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) advocates for public policies and develops activities and services that advance the home building industry.
SAHBA is a member of the National Association of Home Builders. SAHBA represents the industry and members in the Pima County area including the City of Tucson, Town of Marana, Town of Oro Valley and Town of Sahuarita. SAHBA also serves as well as Cochise County and Santa Cruz County. Further, SAHBA advocates for member interests at the State and Federal levels.
New home construction is one of the key driving forces to the area’s economic well-being. SAHBA is the voice of the industry dealing with critical issues like sufficient water supplies, environmental regulations, government impact fees and taxation, public funding support for transportation and other basic services impacting positive growth.
Our Early History
After World War II, Tucson noted for its warm, desert climate and beautiful mountains became a highly desirable place to live. Demand for housing escalated.
The Tucson Home Builders Association was funded in 1952 and by Charlie Wilson, Robert Lusk and Irv Buchman. Red Hirsch was the organization’s first president, working for 15 charter members out of Wilson’s office on South Sidney Avenue.
The association’s founders sought a strong, unified voice at the city, county and state level. They envisioned a pro- active industry organization that served the community as well.
In 1961 the organization changed its name to the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA). Today SAHBA serves over 350 members.
Tucson Home Builders Association is founded by Charlie Wilson, owner of Wilson Contracting & Engineering; Robert Lusk, The Lusk Company, and home builder Irv Buchman. Red Hirsch is president, working for 15 charter members out of Wilson’s office on South Sidney Avenue.
Tucson Home Builders Association receives official Charter from the National Association of Home Builders.
Robert Lusk of The Lusk Company becomes the new association’s first chairman.
Tucson HBA changes its name to the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association. David Garber and Clague van Slyke become its first lobbyists.
SAHBA builders pave 22nd Street, Golf Links Boulevard and other far-east roads in its $1,000-A-Mile Deal with the city of Tucson.
Katherine Ward, owner of Ward Nursery, becomes first woman member.
SAHBA launches its home show to showcase its members. It’s now Tucson’s longest running consumer home show.
SAHBA moves into its permanent home at 2840 N. Country Club Road. It was built by John Wesley Miller.
SAHBA marks 25th anniversary with 500 members.
SAHBA presents the Solar Parade of Homes, the first in the nation, in Hidden Valley.
Tucson builder Peter Herder becomes president of the National Home Builders Association.
Sam DeLong, former political consultant, becomes SAHBA’s first woman president.
Led by Saul Tobin, Tobin Homes, SAHBA launches a major fundraising program for the University of Arizona Arthritis Foundation. It’s now called the Lute Olson Celebrity Auction & Golf Tournament.
SAHBA forms partnerships with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for low-income residents and with Builders of Our Future, a high school vocational program focusing on construction.
SAHBA partners with Rebuilding Together to rebuild neighborhoods in need.
SAHBA celebrates its 50th anniversary with 650 member companies.
Executive Officers Council of NAHB awards SAHBA’s Blue Print Newsletter an Association Excellence Award.
Executive Officers Council of NAHB awards SAHBA the Association Excellence Award for Best Government Affairs Lobbying Program.
SAHBA earns the Metropolitan Pima Alliance’s Common Ground Award for its Marana Residential Design Standards.
SAHBA earns the Metropolitan Pima Alliance’s Common Ground Award for its Pima County Voluntary Green Building Program.
SAHBA earns the Metropolitan Pima Alliance’s Common Ground Award for its City of Tucson Planning & Development Services/Development Package.
Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center presents to SAHBA its Legacy Partner Award.