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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
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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 […]

Evaluating Risk and Resilience in Stormwater Systems

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2020 by
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The practice of risk and resilience assessment has been around for years for the evaluation of dams, levees, and bridges, because if one were to fail, the effects would be catastrophic. Now, we are seeing risk and resiliency evaluations being applied more broadly to stormwater systems. It is being used to prioritize stormwater improvements and […]

AEC Internship Partnership Key Takeaways

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 by
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This year, our two returning interns participated in the 2020 AEC Internship Partnership. Organized by BHC Rhodes, it was created to offer participants exposure to the project life cycle, partner relationships, and disciplines outside of their course of study. Our firm worked with the City of Blue Springs, Missouri; Hollis + Miller Architects; and Kissick […]

Construction Observation Partner Offers Scalability to Clients

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2020 by
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The Affinis construction observation team works with a number of companies in the field. Today, we’re excited to highlight one of our partners, Hg Consult, a full-service engineering and planning firm. Our team has worked with Hg Consult for the last several years. During that time, we’ve overseen a variety of construction projects for the […]

Affinis Co-Worker Shares Insight into Environmental Permitting

Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 by
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Securing permits for projects can often be a challenge. In this interview Linda Rottinghaus, PE, ENV SP, Principal at Affinis, discusses environmental permitting. She shares her keys to success, a tested approach, and how requirements have changed. When it comes to permitting what are some common roadblocks clients encounter? Over the years, I have found […]