Author Archives: Kristen Leathers

City of Overland Park Reinvests in Neighborhoods with Residential Streets Program

Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 by
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Every year, the City of Overland Park, Kansas reinvests in its infrastructure. One component of that practice is their residential streets program. Our team first helped with these efforts in 1992. Over the years, we’ve partnered numerous times. Starting in 2016, we worked together to design and reconstruct the infrastructure for the Glenwood Estates community. […]

8 Ways to Limit Disruptions to Commercial Areas During Construction

Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 by
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Adding improvements, like newly paved streets, sidewalks, and lighting, enhances communities and attracts people to them. For commercial areas, these changes can be even more impactful. By improving the infrastructure adjacent to a building, a less popular location can start to appeal to a wider range of customers. However, constructing these improvements can mean disruption […]

Strategies for Communicating with Residents About Pavement Preservation

Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 by
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Pavement preservation programs help cities maintain valuable infrastructure. With a wide-range of stakeholders affected, communication is critical. It reduces frustration, as residents become aware of the logistics and overall benefit of the work. For many, pavement preservation may seem like a waste of tax dollars or an inconvenience. However, studies have shown that maintaining infrastructure […]

What It’s Like Working with a Construction Inspection Team

Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 by
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For many years, Affinis has provided civil engineering designs for a variety of clients. We’ve found the true measure of a completed project’s success is “Did you get what you paid for?” and “Did you get what you expected?” Our inspection team is tasked with helping our clients answer yes to both on every project […]

Stormwater Solution: Nyloplast

Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 by
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When it comes to creating stormwater solutions, one size doesn’t fit all. While traditional offerings deliver a number of benefits, a less commonly used option, Nyloplast, provides its own set of advantages. Designed for low flow, this plastic, storm drainage system has a traditional structure, which is durable and corrosion resistant. It’s smaller pipe size […]

Communicating with Your Community

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Merriam Supports Neighborhood and Local Businesses with Recent Improvements

Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 by
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The City of Merriam regularly makes improvements to its infrastructure, but one recent project supported local commerce and increased safety for residents. The Residential Streets Group V – Street and Drainage Improvements project included the redesign of two, distinct areas. The first was a commercial and industrial setting at Merriam Lane. The second was a residential […]

Prairie Village Promotes Walkability with Road Diet

Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 by
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The community along Mission Road between 71st and 75th Street is often recognized for its walkability. With shops, schools, restaurants, and parks nearby, it is a highly sought-after neighborhood for homeowners. As traffic continued to increase along this stretch, pedestrian safety became a concern for the City of Prairie Village, Kansas with so many walking or […]

Rejuvenating Communities Through Street Reconstruction

Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 by
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Our residential street team has a proven reputation for developing practical, quality designs that rebuild, rehabilitate, and rejuvenate neighborhoods. When aging infrastructure is worn out, it’s our job to make it new again and fix things that may not have worked well in the original design. These projects are an opportunity to: Improve an infrastructure’s […]

Introducing Middle School Students to Engineering

Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 by
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Jami Phipps, an algebra teacher at Kearney Junior High School, focuses on building interest in engineering among female middle school students. She works closely with Kearney High School’s well-established Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program, which offers a variety of courses designed to introduce students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering. To connect students […]