Interchange Blog

Our 9 Step Approach to Utility Relocation

Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 by Mike McKenna
In Surveying, tagged in Tags: , , 9 steps to relocate utilities

Utility relocation plays a large role in many of our projects. As a result, we’ve developed a tested process for coordinating with utilities. Here are the nine steps we take each time: We start by communicating early and often. During the survey process, our team will make the “one-call,” survey the flagged areas, prepare a […]

National PE Day

Posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, tagged in affinis national pe day

In 1907, the first professional engineering license was issued to Charles Bellamy in Wyoming. Since that time, the profession has evolved considerably with engineers designing and maintaining many of the facilities we rely on each day – water, roads, and electricity. To raise awareness about what it means to be a professional engineer (PE), recognize […]

Co-Worker News: New Hires

Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, tagged in affinis new hires

Over the last year, we’ve added a number of new faces to our team, and today, we’re pleased to formally introduce you to a few of them: Justin White is now a member of our survey team. Kara Darnall has been working with us as a proposal coordinator. Scott Crain joined us as a senior […]

Women in Engineering Spotlight: Sarah Shafer

Posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Uncategorized, tagged in sarah shafer interview women in engineering

We recently had the honor of interviewing Sarah Shafer, PE, LEED AP BD+C about her career. Over the years, she’s seen multiple facets of the engineering profession, including corporate consulting and municipal civil service. Drawing on that dual perspective, she shared with us her thoughts on how the engineering profession has changed over time and […]

Johnson County Delivers Signature Park Experience

Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 by John Spell
In Projects, Stormwater, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , , MeadowBrk-Websize-2618_1290

Johnson County Parks and Recreation (JCRPD) wanted to deliver a new signature park experience to residents. The fast-growing populations in Prairie Village, Overland Park, and Leawood would all benefit from a park, but there weren’t many large greenspaces available. Several years ago, JCPRD was presented with a unique public/private partnership. The plan was to transform […]

City of Overland Park Reinvests in Neighborhoods with Residential Streets Program

Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 by Kristen Leathers
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in overland park residential streets affinis

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. […]

Factoring Levee Risk & Resilience as USACE Changes Guidance

Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 by Jason Davis
In Federal Services, tagged in Tags: , , usace levee risk resilience affinis

When it comes to the risk and resilience of levees, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is changing its guidance. Recently, they have been trying to build more resilient infrastructure with an additional factor of safety. For levee sponsors, this translates to additional analysis and ongoing maintenance. All levees are built to withstand […]

The Zweig Group Names Affinis a “Best Firm to Work For”

Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Accolades, tagged in Tags: , affinis best firm to work for zweig group

We did it! Affinis once again earned a spot on the Zweig Group’s “Best Firms to Work For” list. Workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and a co-worker survey are all considered as part of the award process. This is the 11th time Affinis has been recognized. Our recruitment and retention team reviews co-worker feedback […]

The City of Olathe Improves Roadway Capacity to Support Growth

Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 by Mike McKenna
In Traffic, Transportation Engineering, tagged in 151st and Mur-Len Olathe kansas

For years, the City of Olathe, Kansas has continued to grow, adding businesses and residential areas across the community. However, the influx of residents has placed a strain on some of their infrastructure. The intersection at 151st and Mur-Len was no exception. It had regular congestion, and with growth planned to the South, the city […]

Water Modeling Gets Interactive with GIS

Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , gis water modeling stormwater

At Affinis, we’ve been delivering stormwater models in a new way. Using GIS, our team is mapping locations of inlets and connecting pipes to see how they work together. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed and supports the stormwater management model EPA SWMM. This software is the powerhouse engine behind our GIS integrated models. The […]