Belt Collins grew from the combination of a charismatic planner, Walter K. Collins, and the consummate civil engineer, Robert M. Belt, when they started the firm in Honolulu in 1953. Belt Collins was the first professional services firm in the Pacific and Asia region to combine urban and land planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and environmental consulting within one professional organization. Several factors have led to these achievements. First is enlightened leadership that spends an enormous amount of time developing and mentoring upcoming talent. The second factor is Belt Collins' sensitivity to local cultures, customs, and natural environments. Third is the firm's work on seminal studies that have created whole new ways of looking at large land parcels and their uses.