Interchange Blog

John McCanless Recognized with Schmitty Award

Posted on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 by Affinis Corp
In Culture, tagged in schmitty affinis john mccanless

For over 15 years, we’ve recognized outstanding co-workers who best model our firm’s core values with the Schmitty Award. Today, we’re excited to share Senior Project Representative John McCanless, a leader in our Construction Engineering Group, was selected. To choose a winner, the three previous recipients collaborate to develop a list of nominees. Those names […]

Customized Approach to Storm Sewer Repairs Maximizes City of Shawnee’s Budget

Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 by Scott Crain
In Projects, Stormwater, tagged in city of shawnee pflumm storm sewer

On a recent project with the City of Shawnee, Kansas, our design team used a customized approach to maximize taxpayer dollars. Instead of performing a wholesale replacement, we reviewed the condition of each storm sewer pipe and inspected sections of pavement to determine which should be left in place, rehabilitated, or removed on Pflumm Rd. […]

City of Overland Park Replaces 1,944 Linear Feet of Pipe with 2020 Project

Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 by Maeve VanLandingham
In Stormwater, tagged in Overland Park Stormwater repair

The City of Overland Park, Kansas targets deteriorating infrastructure as part of their yearly stormwater maintenance plan. This annual investment protects commercial and residential areas across the city. For the 2020 effort, the city chose seven, separate sites. The Affinis team began by analyzing the existing drainage areas for each. Then, we worked with the […]

Railroad Engineering Group Offers New Services

Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Railroad Engineering, tagged in affinis railroad engineering

Railroad engineering requires a unique skillset and network. It is needed any time the railroad falls within a project’s limits. We recently sat down with Sam Ramirez, the Affinis rail manager and asked him to share how this new group can benefit municipalities and departments of transportation. Find his interview below. Sam, can you tell […]

Veterans Offer Diverse Backgrounds and a Team-Based Approach to the Affinis Workforce

Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Uncategorized, tagged in hirevetsbanner

In celebration of Veterans Day, we are excited to share that Affinis was recognized with a platinum medallion from the Hire Vets Medallion Program in 2019. To qualify for this distinction, at least 10 percent of an organization’s team must be comprised of military veterans as well as provide a variety of tools and benefits […]

Affinis Survey Crew Previews New Topcon Solution

Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Surveying, tagged in affinis topcon beta test

Members of our survey crew, Garrett Spease and Justin White, recently beta tested Topcon’s new workflow solution, which includes GT-1200, MAGNET Field, and FC-6000. As a long-time partner, they wanted our feedback on its performance, so we evaluated it out in the field. The new total stations include a new field computer, a full-version update to […]

New HyDrone Equipment Increases Safety and Accuracy for Survey Team

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Surveying, tagged in hydrone affinis survey

The Affinis survey team has been using a new, remote-controlled Unmanned Survey Vessel (USV) to gather measurements on bodies of water. This new tool, called the HyDrone, increases safety, efficiency, and accuracy in the field. We recently asked Garrett Spease, Field Crew Member and GIS Specialist, to share more about how it’s used and why […]

An Inside Look at the KC Chamber’s Centurions Program: Initial Thoughts and Impressions

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 by Kristen Leathers
In Community, Culture, tagged in kcchamber centurions leadership program

In late August, the KC Chamber kicked-off the Centurions Leadership Program. I was selected to participate in the Fall 2020 class. Over the course of the next two years, I’ll be periodically sharing updates on my experience. You can expect to see key takeaways and lessons learned from this beneficial program in our new blog […]

Cindy Martens to Retire in October

Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, tagged in cindy martens

Today, we’d like to share that Cindy Martens, SPHR-SCP, our Manager of Recruiting and Retention, will retire in October. Over the course of her career, she’s helped attract and retain talented co-workers who embody our firm’s principles. Cindy has worked at Affinis for 15 years. When we asked her to describe how the firm has […]

An Inside Look at the KC Streetcar’s Construction

Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Construction Services, tagged in kc streetcar construction

Before working at our firm, John McCanless, a Senior Project Representative at Affinis, helped perform construction observation on the KC Streetcar project. The line was constructed in downtown Kansas City, Missouri and spans approximately 2.2 miles. It opened in 2016 and has quickly made its mark on the community. We recently interviewed John to learn more […]