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Affinis Team Shows Servant Leadership with 4 Local, Community Service Projects

Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 by Cindy Martens
In Community, tagged in affinis volunteer

Servant leadership has been a core Affinis value since its founding. For the last several years, we’ve challenged one another to celebrate stewardship by performing acts of community service. In 2019, we logged more than 940 hours as a firm. In addition to choosing their own community service, we asked co-workers to submit ideas for […]

4 Takeaways from the Edgerton, KS Concrete Paving Projects Presentation

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 by Kristen Leathers
In Clients, tagged in concrete pavement edgerton ks

In November, Dan Merkh, Public Works Director for the City of Edgerton, Kansas; David Hamby, PE, City Engineer for Edgerton and Principal of BG Consultants; Joe Chick of Miles Excavating; and myself presented at the Missouri/Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Paving Association’s Annual Concrete, Pavement, Parking Lot, and Flatwork Seminar. At the event, we provided […]

4 Takeaways from the ACEC Emerging Leaders Program

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 by Scott Crain
In Industry Trends, tagged in acec ks emerging leaders program

Over the last several months, I have participated in the ACEC Kansas Emerging Leaders Program. It was designed to impart specific skills and competencies, identified by Kansas firm principals, that are critical for leadership success. The sessions began in September, and from each one, I’ve gathered a number of key takeaways. Below are the most […]

Co-Worker News: New Engineer

Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, tagged in Maeve-700

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to our new co-worker. Meet Maeve VanLandingham, who joined our team as a project engineer. You can learn more about her by following this link: Maeve. There, you’ll see what she likes to do outside of work and her favorite place.

Economist Sheds Light on Conflicting Economic Forecasts

Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 by Lane Odle
In Industry Trends, tagged in Tags: affinis industry summit 2019

Last month, Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, presented at Affinis’s fourth Industry Summit. In his presentation, “Finding the Dark Cloud Behind the Silver Lining: Economy in Late 2019,” he shed light on conflicting economic forecasts. We found these takeaways to be particularly thought-provoking. U.S. Economic Status The United States is seeing […]

Co-Worker News: New Design Technicians

Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, tagged in Co-Worker-news-October-2-700

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to new co-workers. Both are design technicians on our team. Meet John Slayman and Mike Drumwright. You can learn more about them by following these links: John and Mike. There, you’ll see what they wanted to be growing up and what they’d try if they knew they wouldn’t fail.

KU’s Simulator Collects Optical Data to Study Distracted Driving

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 by Mike McKenna
In Community, Transportation Engineering, tagged in driving-simulator-in-action

We recently hosted eight Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) roadway engineers at the University of Kansas’s (KU) Transportation Engineering Analysis Laboratory (TEAL). At the lab, grad students, under the direction of Dr. Alexandria Kondyli, use an in-house simulator to examine the human factors that impact driving. Current studies are focused on various aspects of distracted […]

Design-Build Project with Kansas City, MO Creates Safe Path for Local Kids

Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 by Linda Rottinghaus
In Stormwater, Transportation Engineering, tagged in holmes design build affinis

Residents in Kansas City, Missouri were concerned about their children’s safety, as they walked to school. The sidewalk along Holmes was not complete, and in many cases, it was bordered by a deep storm drainage ditch. Residents; Jolie Justus, a council member; and Crestivew Elementary School worked together to secure funding for the project. Musselman […]

The City of Lee’s Summit Makes Ward Road Safer for All Users

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 by Kristen Leathers
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in IMG_0027_1920

The City of Lee’s Summit wanted to improve Ward Road, an arterial on the southwest side of the city, to increase the safety for all users. Pedestrian access was incomplete, and it didn’t easily accommodate cyclists alongside vehicles. They asked our team to redesign the conversion of the two-lane ditch section road, using their standards. […]

Affinis Corp Announces Second President in Firm History

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2019 by Lane Odle
In Culture, tagged in kristen leathers-gratton new affinis president

Kristen Leathers-Gratton, PE, Assoc DBIA has been named the president of Affinis Corp. Over the years, Kristen has built her career at Affinis, joining the team after graduating with her civil engineering degree in 1990. We are thrilled to have her moving into this role. With Kristen at the helm, Affinis will continue to build […]