Interchange Blog

A Letter to Clients: Public Infrastructure, COVID-19, and Affinis

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2020 by Kristen Leathers
In News, tagged in COVID-19_700

By and large, our clients are public servants. They work for local, state, and federal governments and make tough decisions year-round to best spend taxpayer dollars and protect the health and safety of our communities. We know those skills have been needed over the last few weeks, as our communities responded to COVID-19, and they […]

A Look at Professional Land Surveyors

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Surveying, tagged in national surveyors week

Founded by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), National Surveyors Week is an annual, week-long celebration of the surveying profession. It was designed to raise awareness and encourage others to consider this career path. In recognition, we asked our professional surveyors to share their favorite projects and the new technology and trends they’re excited to […]

City of Olathe Increases Accessibility Around High School

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 by Mike McKenna
In Projects, Traffic, Transportation Engineering, tagged in intersection traffic olathe

The City of Olathe, KS was faced with aging infrastructure at a key intersection near Olathe South High School (OSHS). They needed to replace the existing traffic signal at 151st and Lennox and decided to make the area ADA compliant and add pedestrian crossings at the same time. Working closely with the city, our team […]

5 Steps to Begin Preparations for Flood Season

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 by Jason Davis
In Federal Services, Stormwater, tagged in Tags: , , preparing for flood season

Though it can vary from year to year, flood season typically begins in April and runs through the end of July. This year, we are anticipating above average snow melt. Currently, the mountain snowpack is slightly above average. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is working to provide additional reservoir storage in the […]

Tiffany Springs Bridge Supports Growth for the City of Kansas City, MO

Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 by John McCanless
In Construction Services, tagged in tiffany springs bridge construction

More than 10 years ago, the City of Kansas City, Missouri set the process in motion to rebuild the Old Tiffany Springs Road Bridge and Donovan Drive. The area was developing rapidly, and they needed a safer travel route to serve those crossing I-29 or making a connection to nearby commercial, residential, and recreational developments. […]

EWeek Interviews with Our Team

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, tagged in Tags: , eweek interviews with engineers

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951, EWeek is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. In celebration, we asked PE’s on our team to share their favorite projects and the coolest problems they’ve solved over the […]

8 Items to Consider Before Deploying a Drone

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Surveying, tagged in Tags: , , what to know before deploying a drone

The Affinis team uses drones to survey clients’ sites and capture invaluable information. They take aerial surface images and then transform them into models with photogrammetry software. While drones are important assets to our firm, their usage is controlled by a series of requirements issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to increase public safety. […]

Co-Worker News: New PE Added

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, tagged in John Spell small

We’re pleased to share John Spell, a project engineer at Affinis, passed his PE exam. In a recent interview, we asked him why he pursued the certification and how he prepared for the test. Find the answers to these questions, as well as a few others, below: Why did you pursue the PE? I started […]

Moving Edgerton Forward

Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Clients, Projects, Transportation Engineering, tagged in Edgerton Video

The City of Edgerton, Kansas is focused on moving their community forward through economic development. Over the years, they’ve done this through strategic partnerships and infrastructure investment. In 2018, Kubota, an international manufacturer, approached the city about expanding their warehouses. Based on the city’s projections, they knew the existing gravel roadways wouldn’t be sufficient. They […]

Brad Schleeter Recognized with Schmitty Award

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2020 by Cindy Martens
In Culture, tagged in brad-kristen-700

Since 2003, we’ve honored outstanding co-workers who best model our firm’s core values with the Schmitty Award. We’re pleased to announce Brad Schleeter, PE, CFM, ENV SP, Senior Project Engineer, has received the award for 2019. To select a co-worker, the three previous recipients met and developed a list of nominees. Those names were given […]