Interchange Blog

City of Leavenworth and Levee District Protect Residents with Flood Fight Plan

Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 by Jason Davis
In Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , , flooding leavenworth levees

Flood season officially happens between April 1 and August 1, but things got started earlier this year with rain and snowmelt contributing to river water raises in Mid-March. Two of our clients, the City of Leavenworth, Kansas and Riverside Quindaro Bend Levee District (RQBLD) have already taken measures to protect their communities and prevent flooding. Last […]

8 Ways to Limit Disruptions to Commercial Areas During Construction

Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 by Kristen Leathers
In Construction Services, Transportation Engineering, tagged in limiting disruption to commercial areas during construction

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 […]

New Survey Equipment Saves Time & Offers Enhanced Capabilities

Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 by Robert Ubben
In Surveying, tagged in affinis survey new equipment

We have recently added new equipment to enhance our survey team’s capabilities and save time in the field. In addition to two robotic total stations and two field data collection tablets, we also upgraded our unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and added a new truck. The new robotic total stations and field data collection tablets allow […]

Co-Worker Interview: National Surveyors Week

Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Surveying, tagged in national surveyor week affinis

In honor of National Surveyors Week, we interviewed two of our co-workers, asking them why they chose the profession and how it has changed over the years. Here’s what they had to say: Why did you decide to become a surveyor? Aubrey Meyer: Like so many in the land surveying profession, it sort of found […]

Relief Well Systems Evaluations Mark Changes for Kansas City, Missouri

Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 by Jason Davis
In Federal Services, Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , , relief well maintenance

The City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Water Services Department (KCWS) asked Affinis to evaluate four relief wells that were part of the East Bottoms Relief Well System. Originally, KCWS requested relief well replacement design. However, after initial review Affinis determined the relief wells could be abandoned. This saved the city a few hundred thousand dollars […]

Fight for Air Climb

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Community, Culture, tagged in Tags: , fight for air climb affinis team

In late February, Affinis sponsored and participated in the American Lung Association’s (ALA) Fight for Air Climb. Over the last several years, Fight for Air Climbs have raised more than $53 million across the country. Those funds are used to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. Our co-worker, Kristen Leathers-Gratton, joined the board for […]

SMP Shifting Focus to Fund More Large Watershed and System Maintenance Projects

Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 by Brad Schleeter
In Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , , , , smp funding smac affinis stormwater

Johnson County has been working on a strategic planning effort to update their Stormwater Management Program (SMP). Since 1990, the SMP has been very successful in helping Johnson County communities address local street and structure flooding issues. However, many larger flooding issues still remain, due to their high cost and the challenges that come with […]

Extended Detention Basins Use Technology to Offer New Solution

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 by Brad Schleeter
In Stormwater, tagged in wet detention basins

The complexity and benefit of stormwater basins varies to meet the specific design intent of a project. If reducing peak flow rates to existing conditions is the priority, a dry detention basin should be considered. If downstream channel stability is a concern, an extended detention basin should be considered. Or, if improved water quality is […]

2019 Future City Competition

Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 by Peggy Amor
In Community, Education, tagged in Tags: , , future city competition affinis

Affinis has a long-standing history supporting 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 SimCity); an essay; a […]

Our 2018 Community Service Challenge: How We Gave Back

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 by Cindy Martens
In Community, Culture, tagged in affinis community service

In 2017, we challenged every co-worker to donate 16 hours of community service as part of our Sweet 16 celebration. Co-workers earned points for hours worked and monetary donations given to charitable causes. Those points translated into raffle opportunities for a variety of gift cards. It was Affinis’s way of saying “thank you” for giving […]