Interchange Blog

Access Management = Economic Development

Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Mike McKenna
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Parsons Kansas

Last week, I spoke at the TEAM conference on the link between access management and economic development. Below are some of the key points from my presentation. For years, cities have experienced the same cycle. Land use changes So, traffic increases. Then, the number of incidents goes up. Flow is decreased. Arterial improvements are made. Accessibility […]

Railroad Survey Works to Protect BNSF Engines

Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 by Kellan Gregory
In Surveying, tagged in topo-survey-argentine-yard

Over time, three, parallel tracks at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s (BNSF) Argentine Yard in Kansas City, Kansas had been sinking. The rails run through a large, on-site building where fluid changes are performed on the trains. As engines pulled in for maintenance, the trains were beginning to bottom out on two of the three […]

Preliminary Assessment for Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation

Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 by Brad Schleeter
In Federal Services, tagged in section 203 preliminary feasibility assessment

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN) has identified problems in creeks on their Reservation. These issues include streambank erosion, sedimentation, and poor water quality, and they impact wildlife habitat within and adjacent to these creeks. Under the authority of the Tribal Partnership Program, the tribe sought to partner with the United States Army Corps of Engineers […]

2018 Future City Competition

Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2018 by Peggy Amor
In Community, Culture, tagged in future city

Robert Ubben and Jason Davis once again judged entries at the Great Plains Regional Future City Competition. At this event, small groups of middle-school students design and build cities with their ideas of how to make the world a better place. Students work together to develop solutions that are presented via a virtual city design (using […]

4 Clients Recognized with ACEC Awards

Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by Peggy Amor
In Accolades, tagged in ACEC 2017 Award Wins

The cities of Overland Park, Merriam, Prairie Village, and Olathe all received awards from the Kansas Chapter of the American Council of Civil Engineering Companies (ACEC). The award recognizes complexity, future value to the engineering profession, and unique or innovative applications. Although each project was quite different, they all delivered for residents, while supporting economic […]

Merriam Supports Neighborhood and Local Businesses with Recent Improvements

Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 by Kristen Leathers
In Stormwater, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Tags: , , 51st-after-2

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 […]

Co-Workers Earn New Registrations

Posted on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, tagged in lee baer levi cole pe fe

Our firm was founded on five values. One of which is excellence. To achieve it, we encourage our team to continue their education throughout their careers, whether that means pursuing a new course of study or certification. Today, we are pleased to announce two co-workers have done just that. Lee Baer, a traffic engineer, passed […]

Peggy Amor Receives Schmitty Award

Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 by Cindy Martens
In Culture, tagged in Peggy Amor Schmitty Award

Every year, we announce the winner of our in-house award, the Schmitty, at our annual holiday party. It is awarded to the co-worker who best models Affinis’s core values. We’re pleased to announce our marketing manager, Peggy Amor, was the 2017 recipient. Peggy was recognized for a number of reasons. As a marketing manager, she […]

Co-Worker News: 1 New Hire

Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 by Cindy Martens
In Culture, tagged in Levi Cole

Levi Cole has joined the Affinis team as an engineer-in-training. In his new role, he assists with civil engineering assignments, verifies designs are adhering to municipalities’ standards, and performs calculations, sketches, and technical comparisons. You can learn more about his favorite place and the superpower he wishes he had here.

A Holiday Party and a Drive

Posted on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 by Peggy Amor
In Community, Culture, tagged in affinis-holiday-party

Last Thursday, we hosted co-workers and their families at our annual holiday party. The event kicked off with a meeting for our team members, followed by a lively game of Affinis Jeopardy. Then, we spent time socializing, eating lots of pasta, and playing a little Jenga. While we enjoy celebrating the season, we also love […]