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

Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 by Kristen Kocen
In Stormwater, tagged in stormwater prioritization affinis

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 […]

Affinis Surveyors Move Their Profession Forward

Posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 by Robert Ubben
In Surveying, tagged in affinis survey team

National Surveyor’s Week was created to inspire young people to consider surveying as a career. Our in-house team supports this mission not only this week, but all year long. In today’s post, I’m sharing just a few of the ways we help move the profession forward. We support continued education. Brandon Gann, Justin White, and Garrett […]

Prairie Village Stormwater Program Improves Three Local Areas

Posted on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 by Levi Cole
In Stormwater, tagged in prairie village stormwater improvements

The City of Prairie Village, Kansas identifies and repairs maintenance-based stormwater issues as part of their annual Drainage Improvements Program. The purpose of this effort is to fix old pipes and undersized boxes, which are failing. For the 2019 program, our team worked with them to improve three sites. Each came with their own distinct […]

Affinis Clients Recognized for Award-Winning Projects

Posted on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 by Affinis Corp
In Accolades, tagged in affinis awards civil engineering

We are excited to share four Affinis clients have received awards for recent improvements. The City of Overland Park, Kansas; the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; the City of Edgerton, Kansas; and the City of Merriam, Kansas have all been recognized for our work together. Below, you’ll find more about each of the winning projects […]

The 2021 Flood Season: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Posted on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 by Jason Davis
In Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , 2021 flood season predictions

Flood season formally begins April 1 and ends August 1 each year. Experts are predicting we can expect an average or below average runoff for the Missouri River Basin based on soil moisture conditions, plains snowpack, mountain snowpack, and long-term precipitation and temperature outlooks. While some factors are outside of a levee operator’s control, proper […]

Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers for EWeek

Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 by Kristen Kocen
In Community, tagged in affinis eweek stem

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 […]

Signal Improvements and Added Sidewalks Increase Access to Local Amenities in Shawnee

Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 by Mike McKenna
In Traffic, tagged in shawnee kansas traffic signal improvements

With the opening of the new Monticello Library, the City of Shawnee, Kansas wanted to improve access for all pedestrians. The library is located near busy Shawnee Mission Parkway (SMP), a growing commercial district, and a thriving residential area. Although there were sidewalks along the path between the neighborhood and the library, they were not […]

Prairie Village Connects Neighbors and Improves Quality of Life with Paving Program

Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 by Levi Cole
In Projects, Transportation Engineering, tagged in prairie village paving program

The City of Prairie Village’s paving program was developed to maintain quality roadways for residents. It also creates more connectivity for pedestrians by adding sidewalks and preserves the integrity of local streets with stormwater run-off management. For the last 10 years, we have been partnering with the city on these neighborhood improvements as part of […]

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

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 by Kristen Kocen
In Community, Culture, tagged in richard a worrel award john skubal

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 […]

Affinis Co-Workers Donate Time and Money to Their Communities

Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 by John Spell
In Culture, tagged in fight for air climb american lung

For the last several years, we have issued a community service challenge to our team. While it may seem simple, putting a little competition into giving back allows us to multiply our efforts. We donated 650 hours or about $13,000 in 2020. We each tried to perform 20 hours of community service. Some co-workers chose […]