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Co-Worker News: 2 New Hires

Posted on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 by
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Today, we’re excited to introduce you to two of our new co-workers. Jason Frericks, PE, PTOE is now a project engineer for our transportation team. Our former intern, Conner Jackson, recently came onboard full-time, joining our construction engineering group. You can learn more about each person by following these links: Jason and Conner. There, you’ll discover […]

3 Practical Engineering Solutions that Solved Complex Problems

Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 by
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Liberty Drive Improvements shown above. Finding the right solutions to solve simple or complicated design issues often requires out-of-the-box thinking. Today, we’re excited to share three practical solutions that solved complex problems. Upper Cedar Creek The City of Olathe, Kansas needed to upgrade their stormwater infrastructure in a busy industrial area to address ongoing flooding […]

Co-Worker News: 2 New Hires

Posted on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 by
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Today, we’re excited to introduce two of our new co-workers. Jacob Wilson has joined our roadway group as a project engineer. In addition, Canyon Mallory is our new marketing coordinator. You can learn more about each person by following these links: Jacob and Canyon. There, you’ll discover things like their favorite places and what they’d eat […]

Tested Strategies for Improving Utility Coordination

Posted on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 by
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Utility coordination is an important component of many of our projects. In today’s post, we interviewed Survey Technician Brandon Gann, Intern Engineer Levi Cole, and Municipal Streets Group Engineer Chris Farney about their favorite strategies. Find out what works well for them and how their strategies change based on the utility and phase below. What are a […]

APWA Reporter Magazine Article Tackles Stormwater Prioritization, GIS, and PCSWMM

Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 by
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Affinis project engineer, John Spell, PE recently wrote an article for APWA’s Reporter magazine. It discusses a Kansas municipality’s stormwater study, which analyzed a historic portion of town. We interviewed John about the article, asking him about the project and his background with GIS and PCSWMM. Can you tell us about the catalyst for the […]

Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers for EWeek

Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 by
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Every year, Engineers Week celebrates the engineering profession and strives to inspire the next generation of professionals. Committing to STEM education and outreach year-round is one way we support those efforts. In this short video, you can see some of the ways we give back to our communities and lend our expertise. A/E/C Internship Program Last […]

John Skubal Recognized with the Richard A. Worrel Community Legacy Award

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 by
In Community, Culture, tagged in
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Late last year, the Overland Park Chamber presented John Skubal with the Richard A. Worrel Community Award. Senator Skubal was selected, because of his work within our community. He believes investments in education, infrastructure, and business development are critical components to an area’s success. Before becoming a senator in the Kansas Legislature, John served on […]

Railroad Engineering Group Offers New Services

Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 by
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Railroad engineering requires a unique skillset and network. It is needed any time the railroad falls within a project’s limits. We recently sat down with Sam Ramirez, the Affinis rail manager and asked him to share how this new group can benefit municipalities and departments of transportation. Find his interview below. Sam, can you tell […]

Veterans Offer Diverse Backgrounds and a Team-Based Approach to the Affinis Workforce

Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 by
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In celebration of Veterans Day, we are excited to share that Affinis was recognized with a platinum medallion from the Hire Vets Medallion Program in 2019. To qualify for this distinction, at least 10 percent of an organization’s team must be comprised of military veterans as well as provide a variety of tools and benefits […]

An Inside Look at the KC Streetcar’s Construction

Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 by
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Before working at our firm, John McCanless, a Senior Project Representative at Affinis, helped perform construction observation on the KC Streetcar project. The line was constructed in downtown Kansas City, Missouri and spans approximately 2.2 miles. It opened in 2016 and has quickly made its mark on the community. We recently interviewed John to learn more […]